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India Needs Leaders Who Can Deliver

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Over the past four years, Manmohan Singh has played indifferent innings as the economic growth rate slumped to about 4% and corruption has spiraled to shocking levels.

 

In response to Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s announcement that he will relinquish charge after the 2014 polls (“India’s Leader Says He’ll Resign After Vote,” News, Jan. 3): The fact is that over the past four years, Mr. Singh has played indifferent innings as the economic growth rate slumped to about four percent and corruption has spiraled to shocking levels.

It is natural for Mr. Singh to support Rahul Gandhi as the future leader of India. Sonia Gandhi (Mr. Gandhi’s mother) gave Mr. Singh the job on a platter since she could not become prime minister due to her foreign Italian background. So Mr. Singh is personally indebted to Mrs. Gandhi and her family. However Rahul Gandhi has no experience in the government. He has not even run a simple post office. To entrust the world’s largest democracy to him would be very silly.

Mr. Singh deriding the Bharatiya Janata Party opposition prime ministerial candidate Narinder Modi on Mr. Modi’s involvement in the 2002 religious riots was churlish. To date, there is no concrete evidence that Mr. Modi abetted the riots in Gujarat. This allegation simply casts aspersions on Mr. Modi.

Mr. Modi is a deliverer who has shown he can usher development in the state under his charge. He now seeks an expanded role. He will face an electorate that will decide his future. Common citizens like me are fed up and frustrated with leaders who seek office for personal and financial aggrandizement. India needs men who can deliver development and results.

Words By Rajendra K. Aneja