Pankaj Pachauri cites data to show PM Manmohan Singh wasn’t weak

He did not answer a question about whether an advance copy of Baru’s book was given to the PM.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 19, 2014 8:28 am
'GDP has growth three times in 10 years' ‘GDP has growth three times in 10 years’

Days after Manmohan Singh’s former media adviser Sanjaya Baru’s book projecting him as a weak Prime Minister kicked up a storm, the PMO Friday cited economic data to claim “unprecedented development” in the past decade. Singh’s current media adviser Pankaj Pachauri said this would not have been possible if the Prime Minister was indeed weak.

Refuting the charge that Singh has been a silent Prime Minister, Pachauri said although the PM had delivered 1,198 speeches and his office had issued many press releases, they were never highlighted sufficiently in the media which is more interested in politics, sports and entertainment and not in issues like the economy, development, agriculture, science and education on which the PM chose to speak or issue statements.

“GDP and per capita income has grown three times in the past 10 years. In villages, minimum wages have also gone three times more. It shows government has been working continuously. But the people are not getting to know about this work because the media’s priorities are different. If the PM had been weak, the (economic) figures related to our country would not been strong. These figures show the PM was working and he always believed that his work would speak for him,” Pachauri said.

However, he conceded that UPA II had not been as much a success as UPA I because of the global slowdown. He said Singh preferred to talk about politics only on the floor of the House “but Parliament has not had enough chances for him to speak about what he wants to speak on the floor of the House”.

Asked to rate himself as a communications adviser given that communication given out by the PMO did not interest the media by his own admission and there is a perception that Singh is loathe to face media grilling, he said he had a busy stint. “But I cannot rate as I have nobody to compare myself with.”

He did not comment either on Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister, or former coal secretary P C Parakh’s Crusader or Conspirator?, saying the PMO had nothing more to add to the statements that it had issued.
He did not answer a question about whether an advance copy of Baru’s book was given to the PM.

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  1. J
    Jai Hind
    Apr 19, 2014 at 7:13 am
    ---I am posting an article seen today pls forwrd this. i used google translate for traslation---IMPORTANCE OF MANMOHANManmohan and Obama is about to finish their two terms.It is very easy for Obama because once elected four years is OK. That is not the case with Manmohan, and government can fall at any time. Some supporters of Modi say presidential system is better and India should follow it.If so Modi may get more than 50% vote according opinion polls. In 1999 BJP got less than 24% and could form a stable government. But presidential system is not a correct method and is wrong. Democracy does not mean majority but partition of all people. Even in America itself,the person who got more votes need not become president. In the countries which follow direct voting ,division and civil war is more. Consider stan which also became republic along with India ,divided into two.Medea say that Manmohan is a rubber stamp of Sonia. If he ruled only one or two years, then we can accept that comment. But for a country having one seventh of worlds potion it is impossible. Manmohan is the most educated Indian politician. Whatever Manmohan say Sonia will accept. There is a harmony between the thoughts of Sonia and Manmohan. Not only with Sonia,during the time of Rao also Manmohan kept his ideny, and resigned three times in order to keep his stand. Myself is an economist. We are not seeing india as an african contry because of Manmohans economic policy in 90s. It was the 'brain' of of Manmohan, and Rao was very much proud of him .. Manmohan didnt make India as a super power like America.But he didn't go other extrema making India as an Ethiopia or Somalia..We are not seeing any civil war, and we can go freely any place in India.A dictator can also rule ten years or till his death.But we saw what happened to Yugoslavia. Looking at emergency in 1975 people judge Indira as a dictator. That is wrong. A dictator is one who kills all his enemies. Stalin was a dictator because he killed Troskey.Zia gave capal punishment to Bhuto and continued as ruler of stan till his death.But Musharaf sent Navaz Scherrif to jail only.and later he left the president postdira didnt kill her enemies. She jailed Jayaprakash Narayanan and others. She died for India in order to avoid Khalistan division. If she was a ditactor,Khalistan would be formed after her death.Manmohan and congress PMs stand including Telengana is for the unity of nation. Karunanidhi is silent for a separate Tamil contry after Rajeevs death..Rajiv also died for the unity of India.We can not judge Narendra Mody only on the basis of Gujarat riots ,whether he is a dictator or not. Modis political opponent Haren Pandya was murdered.Sanjay Joshis career ended because of some fake cds.Modi has to prove his innocence in these issues.There are five chief ministers from BJP in Gujarat.Other than Modi all of them left BJP.The power politics during the end of 90s in Gujarat BJP is so dirty.Madasoodan Mistri worked 30 years along with Modi. Mistri suppressing his anger towards Modi years and expressed it by tearing a poster.Manmohan never makes his colleagues angry like this.He can live anywhere in India without any security.Subramanian Swamy was once very close to Rajeev's family once.He moved vote of no confidence against BJP in 1999.While voting against Vajpay who was in Swamy's mind as next PM?BJP workers never forget these but Modi joined his hand with Swamy.While speaking about indian culture and attacking hi family ,Swamy should remember that he made once Mallya as president of his own Janata Party.A liquor king is not the symbol of Indian culture in Rajya Sabha. Modi thinks Swami as his finance minister,once Jaswant hold that position .I am coming back into Manmohan.He made a history by ruling 10 years ruling worlds biggest democratic country. The person who ruled this great country 10 years deserves nobel price . People will understand the greatness of Manmohan one day.
    1. G
      Global Indian
      Apr 20, 2014 at 1:03 am
      lol, its funny when they shout statistics but no one believes them