(AsiaNews) - It is not only rating agencies that have given a thumbs down to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his disastrous economic management. Time magazine, one of the world's most
popular journals, has now given a blow at Singh, calling him "the
a cover story, the magazine ticks him off for appearing "unwilling to stick his
neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on the growth path.
Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on
Monday countered the Time magazine's
description of Prime Minister, saying that "Everyone has their own
opinion. But, Time magazine, first
see what is happening in US and Europe, and then compare with India," Nath
told media here.
expressing his party's utter displeasure, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari
questioned the magazine's logic in arriving at such a ridiculous view.
the past eight years, the UPA government under the leadership of Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh has provided political stability, social cohesion, internal
amity, economic development and a greater role for India in international
affairs. This by no stretch of imagination can be called or characterised or labelled
as an underachievement," he said.
Times of India wrote that Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) had on Sunday used the Time
magazine story dubbing Manmohan Singh as an 'underachiever' to laud the
achievements of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
may be recalled here that cover of the Time
magazine's March 26 issue featured Modi, with the caption: "Modi means
business, but can he lead India".
Time magazine has also raised
questions on Manmohan Singh's ability to act in the face of slowing growth,
widespread charges of policy inaction and the unpopularity of business reforms.
needs a robot. Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh up to the job?" asked the
laws that could help create growth and jobs are stuck in parliament, sparking
concerns that politicians have lost the plot in their focus on short-term
populist measures that will win votes," said the magazine, while
criticizing the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
is stalling. To turn it around, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must emerge from
his private and political gloom," the magazine said, while calling the
Prime Minister 'a man in shadow'.