Singh Is King

Zee News, Zee Exclusive
November 16, 2010

No, this piece of writing is not about the famous Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar or his movie, but about the real life Singh of India who is currently ruling the country. Yes, you guessed it right. It is about our Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

Flashback to 2004 general elections. When Sonia Gandhi announced her decision to entrust the post of prime ministership to the economist, Dr Singh, the whole country was shocked. Even Manmohan Singh himself was seen to be a reluctant politician. However, change was bound to happen.

Coming to 2009 general elections. Not only had Dr Singh silenced his critics who thought he was not fit for the prime minister's post, he also fought the elections in his name unlike the last time. Much to the despair of BJP, he won and became the PM yet again. This time he was welcomed by the country with open arms.

Dr Manmohan Singh has an impeccable record of excelling in everything that he does. As a bureaucrat he became the Finance Secretary; as an academician he became the Chairman of UGC; as an economist he became the Governor of RBI; and as a politician he became the Prime Minister. But, he did not stop there. He has worked diligently at proving his critics wrong. Here is a look at some of his recent comments and actions that have changed his image for the better.

One common accusation against the PM is that he does not speak very often. It is a very common scene in Parliament that even when the Members of Parliament are shouting at each other, the PM sits quietly, keeping his calm. Many opposition leaders have time and again asked, "Why doesn't the PM speak?" Well, he does but only when he thinks there is a need. And when he does, people sit up and take notice. Inspite of opposition from various corners including many from his own party, the PM took a firm stand in favour of the nuclear deal. He took a personal interest in the deal and made it a success.

A few days before the Commonwealth Games 2010 were scheduled to begin, Dr Singh pulled up Union Sports Minister MS Gill and Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy during a Cabinet meeting. He even stopped Gill from making a presentation and asked him to behave like a Sports Minister.

During a press conference a few months back, Dr Singh silenced those who thought he would not last his full term in office the second time. He told them categorically that he had no intentions of retiring anytime soon, resting all rumours about Rahul Gandhi replacing him mid-term.

Manmohan Singh in his recent address to leading editors said that development should not get hampered due to environmental concerns (vis-a-vis the Vedanta project in Orissa). He took this stand inspite of knowing the fact that Sonia Gandhi thinks otherwise, as was proven a couple of days later when she said that progress could not be carried out at the cost of environment.

The best and the most recent example of Manmohan Singh coming of age was during the Obamas visit to India. With reference to the growing concerns over the fate of outsourcing industry in India and the protectionist measures being adopted by the US, Dr Singh surprised everyone when he did not mince words in saying that India is not in the business of stealing jobs. Most Indians could not believe their ears and all were pleasantly surprised. This was a very strong message indeed.

Another strong message from the PM was for Pakistan. He lashed out at Pakistan, telling the world that India is not afraid of the K-word and that talks and terror cannot go hand in hand.

Politics is not just about winning elections, forging alliances, signing deals and making speeches. The most significant trait of a politician is how one manages relationships, the softer side.

Dr Singh broke protocol by personally receiving the Obamas at the airport. In another instance, when former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga was on a personal visit to the PM's residence, Dr Singh invited BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman to join them for lunch. He invited her because he appreciated her role in TV debates and told her that she brought content to the debates. This left Nirmala Sitharaman speechless along with many other BJP politicians.

This is not the first time that Dr Singh has pleasantly surprised many with his out-of-box thinking and humane approach. A few years ago, when Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf's family came visiting India, Dr Singh made sure that all arrangements were made for their comfortable visit. Musharraf's family even had lunch with Dr Singh. This was deeply appreciated by Musharraf himself.

The best part about Dr Singh is the amount of respectability he has earned internationally in such a short span of time. Barack Obama has time and again praised Dr Singh and so have many other international leaders like former International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General and Egyptian presidential challenger, Mohamed ElBaradei. Even Pervez Musharraf has a deep regard for the PM and has been vocal about it. This just goes to show how Dr Singh has helped earn respect and recognition for India internationally as well. This fact has been substantiated by the Newsweek magazine that has given the top spot to Dr Singh in its list of ten world leaders and has described him as 'the leader other leaders love'.

There are many more such instances that prove that our man-of-a-few-words has come a long way. At a time when his silence over the A Raja issue is being questioned, it is important to look at the broader picture as well. He has put to rest many of his criticisms and will continue doing so with his sheer dedication and focus. He has silenced many who used to say that he is a puppet PM at the hands of Sonia Gandhi; he has silenced those who think he cannot take a stand; he has silenced those who think he is not fit to be a PM. Hopefully, he shall keep taking all challenges head on and prove to his countrymen that he deserves every bit of success that he has seen. Thus, it would be no exaggeration to say that Singh is King indeed.


Zee news, never be cheap like this... Are u sleeping Mr. Puri??? Never mislead people. More than this u could appoint Mr Lalu as PM.

World Lotus Club, Patna

Absolutely wrong...> India never had a PM like this. He is always like a rubber stamp and he is shame to Indian Potics. Being an Economist, he could have been done things better. But only scam is coming out. India is a great country ruled with Rama's chappals. This is orginal man. But what happened. Scam. Every where scams and corruptions only. A minimum man with Plus 2 level from village could have been rule the country more than this. He is shame to that chair and for the well being of Indians he never be contested... He could be sit in Governor's role... If asking to a nursery child they will tell who is Indian PM. This is shameful... But , why this news published at this time?????? Shobhika Puri had been sleeping. Puri had been lost 10 years and will loose next 5 years also. We never read a story like this.

Industani, Kerala

Yes king of corruption. The country has seen all biggest scams when Singh was either FM and now PM? Singh is helping Congress to do scams and come clean.

Devinn, Canada

Manmohan was able to keep the skeletons in cupboard for more than 6 years & doused fire using CBI as a tool. But now that things are out, he would soon be branded as India's most inept PM.

Tesh, Mumbai

I remember two comments in this connection. One by a foreigner and other from from an author:

1.He is indeed a typical Indian. Never in a hurry to act unless thrown in fire fighting mode!!!

2. From a book titled "The Lotus eater from Kashmir" (referring to Pandit Nehruji): "There are hundred of Nehrus in this country not yet voted to power." Circumstances bring out the best in us.

Siva, US

Thats true he is the man we needed for the top job... If he wouldnt have been there India would have been almost a decade slow in progress we r seeing today.

Gopal, Mah.

With all the Congress - corruption scams , price rise, hunger around you must be joking!

We have never had a PM that has allowed corruption to flourish so much so, that the Supreme Court had to say so. He is the worst good for nothing PM. Can't call him a doctor also, as his econmics is of little use and has utterly failed. He is just a dummy for Sonia's rule.

DP - Kol

Singhs are always kings- but remember all five fingers are short and long too.

We are all people of one God- This is what Guru Nanakji has taught us all.

May Guru Nanakji bless MMS with long life.

Jagjit Singh, Hong Kong

Very articulate.. bringing out the small instances of the person's magnanimity that we so easily tend to miss.

MMS is undoubtedly a gem... completely for him as an individual and his dedication for the country.

Slightly uncomfortable with the way he has handled his ministers and the slew of corruption accusations against them, which are likely to be proved.

If the UPA does not get a third term, which looks likely at this point of time, will miss only MMS.

Kapil Gaba, Gurgaon

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