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Hell has more definitions than heaven , possibly because more of us expect to end up there than in the other place. A cynic described hell as other people. Men of religion generally promise hellfire for the wicked, an image that rather contradicts the doctrine that the body is terminal and soul eternal. A soul can't get roasted in flames, can it?

One much prefers the blind poet Milton's insight. Heaven is order, he wrote, and hell chaos. By Milton's standards, the government of Dr Manmohan Singh has already gone to hell.

Chaos is the wild weed rooted in corruption. Like an untamed cancer, chaos has destabilized the coalition, corroded governance beyond repair and perverted foreign policy. In 2009 allies were clamoring to attach themselves to Congress. Today the only ally left is Sharad Pawar; even the ever-reliable Dr Farooq Abdullah seems to have turned wobbly. Since UPA continues to survive in office like a patient spread across a table, it has become evident justification for euthanasia.

An indecisive Prime Minister spreads uncertainty along every artery of power. He does not speak, and when he does silence seems the better option. He appears to suggest that cliché or evasions are a solution. He demands justice from Pakistan after Sarabjit's deliberately authorized murder in a Pak jail, unable to comprehend that India is still awaiting justice for Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack. Pakistan will do nothing beyond raising the occasional flurry of dust; and Dr Singh is unlikely to do anything after the customary waffle.

India has become a joke in the Maldives, a foe in Sri Lanka, a doubt in Bangladesh, a shrug in Nepal, a snigger in Pakistan and a taunt in China. Every neighbour has tested Delhi and discovered that this government walks on its knees. India has never seemed as helplessly weak as now. Foreign minister Salman Khurshid thinks China's incursion into Despang is acne which will disappear - perhaps after an application of a multinational cream. Has no one briefed him or the PM about Chinese revenue officials trying to extend their jurisdiction into Ladakh, or the significant possibility that the area may be rich in un-mined uranium?

The Prime Minister has become either the target of dark outrage or the butt of black humour. The insulation that protected him while colleagues were falling on either side in the many corruption battles, has been ripped off by the coalmines allocation scam. The government has only one strategy for all the riveting scandals that have gutted its credibility: the purchase of time through delay or deception. Law minister Ashwani Kumar is caught tampering with the evidence to be presented to the Supreme Court, and gets a ringing vote of confidence from the Prime Minister. The only time Dr Singh shows any determination is when he is defending the indefensible. Additional Solicitor General and CBI counsel exposes the lies of Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati in a public letter, and Vahanvati laughs all the way back to his handsome bungalow in Lutyens Delhi to await the next set of cheques for his services. Laugh if you must, but it does seem entirely appropriate that this legal conspiracy against the Supreme Court began to unravel when Raval encountered Vahanvati in a cloak room. History is never made in a toilet, but farce is.

A question is often asked, and never adequately answered except in a partisan sense: why is UPA2 so precisely the opposite of UPA1 in its management of authority and public environment? India's Marxists believe that UPA lost its harmony once it began reading from a non-Left hymn sheet. That is at best partly true. A second view is that after nine years, every dubious chicken is coming home to roost: decisions like Commonwealth Games extravagance and the telecom scam were made in the first term. A better explanation is that hubris turned virtually every problem at this government's doorstep into a larger crisis. This arrogance was born of a belief, widely bandied about after victory in 2009, that UPA would remain in power for another 20 years because a broken Opposition had disappeared. Whenever your upturned nose comes in the way of your eyesight, you cannot see the obvious. When Opposition parties fade, the people become the Opposition.

A fundamental requirement of any democracy is anger management. Instead of calming periodic outbursts of anger on the street, sometimes led by mavericks, senior ministers went out of their way to provoke the people with insults. Voters were initially puzzled. They expected balm, and got astringent. Slowly their bewilderment consolidated into wrath. An increasingly defensive government sought refuge in belligerence. Ministers can laugh at the people and get promoted by the Prime Minister for their weird sense of humour, but in democracy the last laugh will always be with the people.

Hell is many things. It is also the final resting place of the impotent.


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Very well Written article by MJ Akbar. Sums up the Congi Govts misdeeds.
 

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Of course, Manmohan and his cronies are too old to run a young and changing India, the sheer amount of idiotic statements we get to hear from this party is really putting us to shame.

They are good at jumping from one crisis to the other without solving anything, neither are any decisions being made. UPA2 is a disgrace.
 

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OK On Topic.

I was surprised to see MJ writing that the Congis think that they will be in Govt. for another 20 years. It will be a shame if that happens.

Secondly all those saying that MMS is clean. I know have serious doubts on it. As MJ rightly puts it that the only time PM speaks up is when he has to defend the Corrupt.

Now considering Pawan Bansal was also considered clean and was hand picked by the MMS. I guess it won't be surprising if we find MMS dipped in corruption as well.

Thoughts Guys?

We are making a complete mockery of being an Indian. Your pride has been hurt, your ego shattered, your dignity stripped. We have crushed your entire spirit.
OK you made your point now go troll somewhere else.:china:
 

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OK On Topic.

I was surprised to see MJ writing that the Congis think that they will be in Govt. for another 20 years. It will be a shame if that happens.

Secondly all those saying that MMS is clean. I know have serious doubts on it. As MJ rightly puts it that the only time PM speaks up is when he has to defend the Corrupt.

Now considering Pawan Bansal was also considered clean and was hand picked by the MMS. I guess it won't be surprising if we find MMS dipped in corruption as well.

Thoughts Guys?
MMS runs the gang of corrupt politicians - I don't know who got the notion that he's clean in the first place. That's a different debate - the focus now is the appalling foreign policy these guys are running. They are completely messing it up.
 

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MMS runs the gang of corrupt politicians - I don't know who got the notion that he's clean in the first place. That's a different debate - the focus now is the appalling foreign policy these guys are running. They are completely messing it up.
Actually point me one area where there is no mess up :P

This govt is breaking new levels of shamelessness, lying, corruption and yet the PM is acting so arrogant. I expected much better from MMS. Very disappointing. Its one thing to perform bad (can happen to anyone) but its criminal lie about it or support openly the Chors in the Govt.
 

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This is going to continue till the this govt is in power...... UPA 2 only agenda seems to be survive to complete 5 years and make as much money they can make because they are very sure they wont be in power for some time...... So why they bother about india's capability or capacity ......
 

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Actually point me one area where there is no mess up :P

This govt is breaking new levels of shamelessness, lying, corruption and yet the PM is acting so arrogant. I expected much better from MMS. Very disappointing. Its one thing to perform bad (can happen to anyone) but its criminal lie about it or support openly the Chors in the Govt.
A few things are positive though - the economy though slow is withstanding the recession and the global slowdown, India is investing in many other regions and continents than before, we have a few good bilateral relations with a few countries, FTA's are being signed or negotiated all around.

They are messing up in diplomacy in our immediate sphere though - Nepal, SL and Maldives have been utter failures, Pakistan and Chinese moves have been handled very badly, corruption has become rampant, the Black money bill has been rejected, the Lokpal bill has been sent to the back burner, Women's security has been highly compromised.

There's too many negatives than positives to make a difference.
 

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yes it is true that india is seemingly helpless now. we need to channelise this into something constructive. We can easily become more powerful than at the very least china in the near future. come on e India
 

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But the Article seems to be very good... UPA is in big trouble.. either way
With the UPA at the helm of affairs, India's foreign policy urgently needs ventilator support in the ICU. Even then, by 2014, when the next general elections are due, it'll most likely be dead as a dodo.

Emerging super power? No! Banana republic? Yes! :pissed:
 

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A few things are positive though - the economy though slow is withstanding the recession and the global slowdown, India is investing in many other regions and continents than before, we have a few good bilateral relations with a few countries, FTA's are being signed or negotiated all around.

They are messing up in diplomacy in our immediate sphere though - Nepal, SL and Maldives have been utter failures, Pakistan and Chinese moves have been handled very badly, corruption has become rampant, the Black money bill has been rejected, the Lokpal bill has been sent to the back burner, Women's security has been highly compromised.

There's too many negatives than positives to make a difference.
Well the economy can't be in a worse shape. We are one step away from getting junk rating.

My main worry is that if these scams goes on like this (one per day) then by 2014 we will be so immune to corruption that UPA may come back to Power. Looks like this is what the Congis are planning now. :sick:
 

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Past achievements are forgotten soon. Strange the article makes no mention of handling of Italy case.
wat did that earn us bro? we sent them to participate in italy elections and when italy restrained to send them back we used diplomacy to get them back... that's it....
 

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Past achievements are forgotten soon. Strange the article makes no mention of handling of Italy case.
The Italy case was not an achievement. Considering that Supreme Court had granted them leave the Govt was bound to it. The govt. didn't take any initiative. It was only after the Supreme Court restrained the Italian Ambassador the Govt realized how big a diplomatic issue it can become. Any country and I mean literally any country will expect the same out come at the least.

Yes it would have been an achievement of the Govt had the Italian Marines had been never in Indian custody and then the Govt got them to India for trail. Well that fortunately was not the case (since I am sure our govt. doesn't have the balls to do that).

Some how I feel that this govt. has become such a big failure that we have sadly lowered our expectations to ZERO. So any thing that the govt does without screwing it up is considered an achievement by many people
 

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