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"The Entire System Reeks"

Manmohan Singh tells Kuldip Nayar that he intends to write a book about five frustating years as FM

"The Entire System Reeks"
"The Entire System Reeks"
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HE was once considered a 'progressive'; his report on behalf of the South Commission was commended or criticised for its left-of-centre approach. But now, former finance minister Manmohan Singh derides even the word. Bitter about politicians who do not rise above "parochial, party and personal considerations", he spares neither his party, the Congress, nor the Opposition when he apportions blame for the catastrophe facing the country. He proposes to write a book telling all, especially on his five eventful years at North Block.

I find him disturbed and dejected during a long chat at his residence on what went on in the name of socialism. "Nehru's socialism was founded on American generosity," says he. "We were able to do better because of free foodgrains under the PL-480." He still finds the same slogans and detects the same manners of speech. Some politicians too tread the same path. "Atal Behari Vajpayee is a confused Nehruvite," he says.

He comes down particularly harshly on the policy of bolstering public sector undertakings and in...

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