Jul 092012

New Delhi, July 9 (ANI): Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Monday countered the Time Magazine’s description of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as an ‘underachiever’.

Earlier, expressing his party’s utter displeasure, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari questioned the magazine’s logic in arriving at such a ridiculous view.

“Everyone has their own opinion. But, Time Magazine, first see what is happening in U.S. and Europe, and then compare with India,” Nath told media here.

“In the past eight years, the UPA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has provided political stability, social cohesion, internal amity, economic development and a greater role for India in international affairs. This by no stretch of imagination can be called or characterised or labelled as an underachievement,” he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Sunday used the Time Magazine story dubbing Dr. Singh as an ‘underachiever’ to laud the achievements of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

It may be recalled here that cover of the Time Magazine’s March 26 issue featured Modi, with the caption: “Modi means business, but can he lead India”.

The Time Magazine has also raised questions on Manmohan Singh’s ability to act in the face of slowing growth, widespread charges of policy inaction and the unpopularity of business reforms.

“India needs a robot. Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh up to the job?” asked the weekly magazine.

“The laws that could help create growth and jobs are stuck in parliament, sparking concerns that politicians have lost the plot in their focus on short-term populist measures that will win votes,” said the magazine, while criticizing the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre.

“India is stalling. To turn it around, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must emerge from his private and political gloom,” the magazine said, while calling the Prime Minister ‘a man in shadow’. (ANI)

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  One Response to “Time magazine’s “underachiever” remark against PM irked Kamal Nath”

  1. Underachievers All

    Don’t blame an individual

    It is the entire Central Cabinet

    Here is proof ( as provided by DNA / 05, July 2012 ) :

    ? To “ manage “ overflowing wheat stocks – presumably to prevent its rotting in open under rains – Central Cabinet has decided to export 20 lakh tons of wheat , at an export price of Rs 12,400 / ton

    ? Now , considering that it costs Central Government , Rs 16,500 / ton to buy / transport / stock that wheat, this would amount to “ subsidizing “ the foreign buyers by Rs 4,100 / ton.

    ? USA has warned the commerce ministry that it cannot sell wheat below the MSP at which it buys from Indian farmers

    I await the day when our 400 million poor people muster the courage to warn the “ Underachievers “ :

    “ Forget the export

    1.6 million children cannot be allowed to die of starvation every year

    ( 24,365 in Maharashtra alone during 2011-2012 )

    Don’t wait till 2014 National Elections . If you do , you will be swept into the dustbin of history ! “

    With regards

    Hemen Parekh


    Jobs for All = Peace on Earth

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