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The Unparalleled - Soft, Dignified Silence!

Salute to this supremely dignified person of impeccable secularism, former prime minister Manmohan Singh. May more such leaders take the charge of this nation for the sake of the Constitution, secularism and democratic ethos.

ByKajal Chatterjee

Updated 18 Feb 2022, 12:00 pm

Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh (Photo: WikimediaCommons)
Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh (Photo: WikimediaCommons)
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One holds every right to dislike Dr Manmohan Singh as a politician, leader or prime minister (when he was at the helm)! One may dislike his policies which he had undertaken, be it economic or nuclear! So there lies nothing wrong in criticising him through furnishing of logic and sane arguments. But it was astonishing to see how his critics, be they common people or Who's Who of BJP, used to criticise him the most by mocking him as "Maunmohan" invoking his relative silence or soft-spoken behaviour!
 
Is uttering rhetoric in the shrillest possible voice at the drop of a hat in public and taunting, abusing, ridiculing the opposition form the main job of a prime minister? Is tom-tomming hi "achievements" (real or projected) relentlessly in all forums possible form the main job of a prime minister? Rather any sensible Prime minister/Chief minister would silently work behind closed doors or camera in his office, leaving his contribution to talk for himself! And Manmohan Singh used to do it with dignified silence. When it should have been seen as a positive attribute of Singh as PM, this very quality of remaining "Maun" worked as his political nemesis.
 
In this pathetic perspective, it is natural that leaders who have proved their supreme callousness inefficiency heartlessness through series of scandals failures and reckless steps get awarded the status of "superstars" just because they dare to beat their own trumpet in most vulgar fashion without caring to utter a single word of repentance or compassion for their draconian measures severely affecting millions of common citizens! Thanks to their zealous oratory by drawing inspiration from Goebbels, they can even transform their utmost failures as "super success" by repeated utterances of their "achievements" and common citizens (even those who got affected) start dancing to their tunes thinking it as "true"!
 
Manmohan Singh, though I didn't like his policy  of "economic liberalisation" which has widened the rich-poor gap to a dreadful extent and dealt a fatal blow upon the poor and lower middle class; but as far as civility,  honesty, dignity, humility are concerned, Singh is almost unparalleled!
 
Very rightly has he asserted --- "Discharging my responsibilities as Prime Minister for 10 years, I let my work speak instead of speaking out myself. I never divided the country for political gains; never tried to hide the truth and never lowered the dignity of the post. Despite the challenges, I always raised the prestige of India and Indians on the international stage". Salute to this supremely dignified person of impeccable secularism. May more and more such leaders take the charge of this nation for the sake of the Constitution, secularism and democratic ethos and that remains the earnest prayer of all true sensible Indians.

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Kajal Chatterjee

Kajal Chatterjee

Special Contributor, KOLKATA, West Bengal

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