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TIME magazine dubs Manmohan Singh an 'underachiever'

Last updated on: July 9, 2012 11:20 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has long been lauded for his pivotal role in liberalising the Indian economy, has been dubbed an "underachiever" by a top US magazine, which says he appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on the growth path.

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Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh waits for the beginning of the first session of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos.
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Manmohan Singh (79) is featured on the cover of TIME magazine's Asia edition, which will be out this week. With his portrait in the background, the title on the cover reads 'The Underachiever - India needs a reboot'.

Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh up to the job?' 

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TIME's report titled 'A Man in Shadow' says apart from facing the challenges of a slowdown in economic growth, huge fiscal deficit and a falling rupee, India's Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance coalition "has found itself fending off corruption scandals and accused of showing a lack of economic direction."

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"....Investors at home and abroad are beginning to get cold feet. Voters, too, are losing confidence, as rising inflation and a litany of scandals chip away at the government's credibility," the magazine says.

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Pointing towards Singh's fall "from grace," the magazine says, "in the past three years, the calm confidence he (Singh) once radiated has been absent.

He seems unable to control his ministers and - his new, temporary portfolio at the finance ministry notwithstanding -unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms that will continue the process of liberalisation he helped start."

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Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Sonia Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee.
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The magazine says at a time when India cannot afford a slowdown in economic growth, "laws that could help create growth and jobs are stuck in Parliament, sparking concerns that politicians have lost the plot in their focus on shorter-term, populist measures that will win votes."

 


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