March 07, 2021
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The Shrinking Halo Above Their Heads

The Shrinking Halo Above Their Heads

The Congress is asking us to look into the depths because it does not want to look us in the eye, says Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi have not missed a trick, but they have missed the point in their brazen responses to the 2G scam:

The Congress president is insulting the country by implicitly suggesting that the sense of moral crisis and betrayal large numbers of citizens feel is entirely a product of opposition politics. She was right to point out that the Congress has at least asked some individuals to resign; the BJP cannot even claim that high moral ground. But she has to acknowledge that in the current climate those resignations are being seen largely as politically protective measures, designed to absolve the government of responsibility rather than fix it. And she has not even begun to probe the deeper question: what is the responsibility of the leadership when the country sinks to an unprecedented low? As for the prime minister: his worst failing may not be corruption, it may not even be standing idly by. His worst failing will be that by not coming clean he has undermined any reason to trust so-called good men.

Read at the Indian Express: He Said, She Said

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