It was the worst-kept secret in India, but the confirmation in a book by the prime minister’s former media adviser that Manmohan Singh has been dominated by Sonia Gandhi and her Congress party has nevertheless aroused a flurry of official protests and opposition jibes and unleashed a new tsunami of political punditry. Read more
It all sounds fine enough, but can he deliver? This is likely the question most Indian analysts will be mulling this week, following an intriguing speech from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the weekend, in which he pledged to double down on his recent plethora of reforms — giving the first outline of what amounts to a second wave of new economic measures. Read more
In his speech to the nation on its 65th Independence Day, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the “time has now come to view the issues which affect our development processes as matters of national security”.
But those hoping for the prime minister to unveil an ambitious new reform agenda to jumpstart the flagging economy – or really even hint at a single important reform – were left wanting on Wednesday. Instead, Singh acknowledged India’s many problems, and listed what his government has done to fix them and what further solutions the government proposes. Read more