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'Post article does grave injustice to PM's legacy'

By Lalit K Jha
September 06, 2012 10:41 IST
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Asserting that India has made tremendous progress under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Indian National Overseas Congress USA has said that The Washington Post article on the architect of economic reforms has done grave injustice to the legacy of a great man.

"This article truly does grave injustice to the legacy of a great man who will always be respected for his great vision in changing the Indian economy in a fundamental way," George Abraham, president, INOC USA wrote in a letter to The Washington Post.

Abraham said that the Washington Post article "denigrating" the lifetime achievements of a "great leader" clearly "lacks any objectivity" and it is "coloured with certain bias and skewed" perspectives.

"Dr Manmohan Singh was the Chief Architect of India's new economy. He has taken a centrally planned, inward looking, public sector centered economy and reversed its direction. What he has accomplished is just phenomenal. Actually, this dramatic change paints the picture of a man who is some sort of a revolutionary. If India has entered the 21st century, the current prime minister has a lot to do with it," he wrote to The Washington Post.

Corruption, he said, is not limited to any particular political party.

"It is endemic and cuts across all spheres and every cadre," he said, adding that the Congress has shown great courage in dealing with corruption even at the highest places.

"As far as the economic slowdown is concerned, India is till growing at a rate that may be the envy of the western world today. BJP and regional parties need to shoulder a great amount of blame on how and when they shot down the Foreign Direct Investment initiative by Dr Manmohan Singh that sent a very negative signal to the global investment community by almost saying India is not yet ready as a big time global player," Abraham wrote.

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