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A different form of Manmohan was seen with the Left parties in the nuclear deal case. In this, the Congress did not follow the alliance religion. His behavior with the Left parties regarding this agreement was not good.

Dr Manmohan Singh Birthday.

Dr. Manmohan Singh neither won the Lok Sabha elections nor was he associated with any political house. Growing up in a very simple house, Manmohan Singh became the 13th Prime Minister of India and that too twice in a row. Manmohan Singh ruled India for 10 consecutive years. That’s why Dr. Manmohan Singh is also called ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’.

After the victory in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he became the first Prime Minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru, who got the opportunity to become the Prime Minister for the second consecutive time after successfully completing the five-year term. Political life started from 1991. When he became the Finance Minister of the country during the Prime Ministership of PV Narasimha Rao. Manmohan Singh was the first Sikh Prime Minister of the country.

Today is the birthday of Dr. Manmohan Singh. His tenure as a successful economist is always remembered, but he did not get that much fame as Prime Minister.

Journalist Rasheed Kidwai in his book ‘Prime Minister of India: Desh, Dasha and Disha’ (Bharat Ke Pradhanmantri) has exposed many interesting incidents related to Manmohan Singh’s tenure. You also read some interesting stories related to the life of Dr. Manmohan Singh-

Prime Minister of India: Country, Dasha and Disha (Bharat Ke Pradhanmantri)

Although it is necessary that this coalition government had to face many challenges inside and outside and it worked more as a bureaucratic government rather than a political system. . Its important ministries had poor functioning. Differences between ministers kept coming to the fore again and again. The domineering ministers ignored their juniors and there was an acute lack of accountability essential for democracy.

The Prime Minister did not seem to have any kind of control over senior leaders like Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram. So the mutual tussle between leaders like him caused great damage to the UPA. It seems quite true that during his 10-year tenure, Manmohan ‘must have been a marathon runner who ran long distances, but remained single.’

A different form of Manmohan was seen with the Left parties in the nuclear deal case. In this, the Congress did not follow the alliance religion. His behavior with the Left parties regarding this agreement was not good.

Dr. Manmohan Singh is also called ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

Sonia worked together in a systematic manner to pacify their opponents with lewd and ruthless behavior. Regarding the nuclear deal, Manmohan, while giving an interview to the prestigious English newspaper ‘The Telegraph’, said, “I told them (the Left parties) that it is not possible to reconsider this agreement. It is a respectable agreement, the cabinet has approved it, we cannot go back on it. I told them to do whatever they want to do. They can withdraw support if they want, that’s it…”

Manmohan continued to appear to the outside world as a secondary figure in front of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, but in reality, Sonia has great respect for him. He always respected Manmohan’s wisdom and experience and seldom interfered in his administrative work. He fully supported Manmohan on the nuclear deal. In this regard, he completely ignored the arguments and demands of the trusted friend i.e. Left parties and strongly supported Manmohan’s decision. Due to such mutual trust and coordination of these two personalities, the UPA government could run from 2004 to 2014. Manmohan was also diligently engaged in the fulfillment of Sonia’s main agenda—an economy open to common efforts. For this, the Congress President had also given a free hand to the Prime Minister.

He also ignored sensitive issues like cross-border terrorism and security of the nation

However, the rise in inflation became an important issue during Manmohan’s second prime ministership. Despite this, it is not known why Manmohan did not like to talk much on this. In only 88 speeches out of his total 1379 speeches, he talked on inflation. This constitutes very little i.e. only 6.3 percent of the total speeches. He also ignored sensitive issues like cross-border terrorism and security of the nation. He talked about combating terrorism in his 307 speeches.

Manmohan kept working, but by staying silent, he could not instil a sense of confidence in the common man. His indifference to matters like the security of the nation is also evident from the fact that he spoke four days later even on the ludicrous incident like the beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistan on the Line of Control.

Born in September, 1932 in a small town called Geh (now in Pakistan), Manmohan Singh had to come to India in 1947 due to the partition that coincided with the independence of the country. He spent the first 12 years of his life in a village where there was no electricity, no tap, no school, no hospital. He studied in an Urdu medium school located away from the village, for which he had to walk for miles daily. He studied at night under the light of kerosene lamps.

In response to a question about poor eyesight, he had told that reading in the dim light of the lamp made his eyes weak. Urdu is his first language. Whenever he has to give a speech in Hindi, it is written in capital letters of Urdu itself.

Manmohan was working in the United Nations under the eminent economist Roll Prebish

After completing his education, Manmohan was working in the United Nations under the eminent economist Roll Prebish that he got an offer of lectureship at the Delhi School of Economics. Singh accepted this offer and returned to India in 1969. Dr. Prebish naturally wondered why a scholar economist like Manmohan was leaving the prestigious job of the United Nations and returning to India. “You are being foolish,” he told Manmohan, but added that “it is sometimes wise to be foolish!”

Manmohan has an uncanny ability not to be corrupt in any way, but he does succumb to pressure.

Former IAS and Asian Development Bank (ADB) director Pratip K. Many things related to Manmohan are mentioned in Lahiri’s autobiography ‘A Tide in the Affairs of Men: A Public Servant Remembers’. According to Lahiri, Manmohan Singh will be remembered more in Indian history for the work he did as Finance Minister (1991-96) than as Prime Minister (2004-2014). In his book, Lahiri has mentioned many such incidents when Manmohan succumbed to pressure.

Manmohan Singh as the Revenue Secretary for the first time.

This high-level bureaucrat got an opportunity to work with Manmohan Singh as the Revenue Secretary for the first time. Then Lahiri A.D.B. became the director of the A.D.B. He was the Governor of the Board of Governors. According to Lahiri, Manmohan is very simple-minded.

“It is unfortunate that as Prime Minister he has to face allegations that he is the head of a government which is surrounded by scams. This was probably because Manmohan, being a very decent person, lacked the determination needed to control the few defiant and misguided ministers in his government.”

According to Lahiri, Manmohan proved to be a very good finance minister but he could not become a relatively good prime minister.

“Somehow it is surprising that Manmohan Singh had expertise in economics, however, the reason for the fall of the second term of the UPA government was the deteriorating economy of the country. It was said that the dream team that came out as a trilogy of Manmohan, P. Chidambaram and Montek Singh Ahluwalia would take India towards prosperity. But this could not happen. One of the important reasons for the UPA’s defeat in 2014 was the government’s failure on the economic front, due to which the growth rate had fallen drastically.

Story in Rasrang:When no government vehicle was left in the house for the wife

It has been discussed many times in different forums in the past that Manmohan Singh spent the first 12 years of his life in a village where there was no electricity, no tap, no school and no hospital. He studied in a government school located far from the village, for which he had to walk for miles daily. He studied at night under the light of kerosene lamps. But few people will know that whenever they have to give a speech in Hindi, that speech is not written in Hindi but written in Urdu. Because the school where he did his early studies was an Urdu medium school. This made Urdu his first language. In response to a question, he had also told that due to reading in the dim light of the lamp, his eyes became so weak that he could only read the speech written in capital letters.

Manmohan Singh’s simplicity that inspired his wife to live with simplicity.

One incident tells how much the simplicity of his wife has played a role in the simplicity of Manmohan Singh. Or maybe it was Manmohan Singh’s simplicity that inspired his wife to live with simplicity. Whatever be the truth, this incident is quite interesting which happened during his tenure as Finance Minister. At that time Manmohan Singh was to participate as a speaker in a program organized by ‘FICCI’. His wife Gursharan Kaur was also invited to the event. Manmohan Singh immediately left for the venue from his office. A Deputy Secretary reached her house to pick up Gursharan Kaur.

Naturally this officer felt that there would be several government vehicles at the home of the Finance Minister of India, from which he would take the wife of the Finance Minister to the venue. But when they reached home, they were surprised when the wife of the Finance Minister told that the minister has only one government vehicle with her, which they themselves use. This made the government official feel guilty thinking that why he himself did not bring a good government car. But Gursharan Kaur remained comfortable. He smiled and proposed to the officer that if he wanted, he could drive his Maruti 800 car and take him to the venue.

When suddenly the call came from Narasimha Rao…

In 1985, when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh was the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission. Being the Prime Minister, Rajiv was the Chairman of the Planning Commission. Former Home Secretary CG Somaiya recounts an incident in his autobiography ‘The Honest Always Stand Alone’ about the relationship between Manmohan and Rajiv. Rajiv then termed the Manmohan Singh-led Planning Commission as a “horde of clowns” that rejected any new idea of ​​development. This made Manmohan Singh so sad that he was reluctant to resign from the Planning Commission.

Dr. Manmohan Singh Birthday Special: 'The Accidental Prime Minister' | Read more interesting stories.
Dr. Manmohan Singh Birthday Special: ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ | Read more interesting stories.

Somaiya writes in his book, ‘I sat beside him for an hour and explained not to take such extreme steps and called the Prime Minister’s point of view as his foolishness.’ Manmohan Singh did not leave the Planning Commission on Somaiya’s advice, but he remained on the margins during the Rajiv Gandhi era and was sent to the University Grants Commission. then 22 June, The moment also came in 1991 when he was sitting in his office of UGC at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. That’s when the phone rang for him. PV Narasimha Rao, who took oath as the Prime Minister that afternoon, was on the line. He said to Manmohan, ‘What are you doing there? Go home and get ready and come straight to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Two days after this, i.e. on June 24, 1991, Manmohan Singh announced economic reforms as the Union Finance Minister of the country.

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