India gets the right person as PM

I fully endorse H.K. Dua’s views in his front-page editorial, “The nation is in safe hands” (May 20). Yes, the country has found the right person to head the nation as Prime Minister. Dr Manmohan Singh is known for his honesty, integrity and character. It is expected that India will definitely shine under his leadership.

Whatever might be the reasons behind the second thoughts of Mrs Sonia Gandhi not to become Prime Minister, it has saved the nation of disturbance and the loss it would have suffered due to bitter polarisation.

R.S. HAMDARD, Hamirpur (HP)


Dr Manmohan Singh is a seasoned politician and economist. His qualifications, achievements and numerous assignments that he has handled with sincerity and dedication speak volumes for his distinguished career as a politician and an economist spanning decades. It is on the lines of these achievements that the people expect unprecedented reforms in public and private sector under his Prime Ministership. The common man expects concrete solutions to his numerous problems.



Dr Singh’s policies and programmes might not suit the ideologies of the coalition partners. This might affect his levels of output. The same is the case with India’s diplomatic relations with other countries. The momentum gained in this field during Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure will have to be maintained by Dr Singh. He was a successful Union Finance Minister. It remains to be seen how he would perform as the Prime Minister.



I agree with H.K. Dua that the change of government was accomplished through two momentous events. One, the historic and unprecedented act of self-abnegation by Mrs Sonia Gandhi for Prime Ministership and two, the appointment of a highly respected economist-turned-politician, Dr Manmohan Singh, as the new Prime Minister. It’s after considerably a long time that the country’s politics is now set on a new and honourable course. Both events bode well for the healthy growth of democracy in future.

As for challenges which Dr Singh and his government face it is hoped they would learn from the mistakes of the NDA government. They must remain focussed on their common minimum programme and work genuinely for the betterment of the downtrodden. It is largely these segments who have voted them to power and hence need to be helped now.

Besides, the Congress proposes to realise the vision of Rajiv Gandhi that 21st century is the Indian century. This is, no doubt, a mammoth task. Nonetheless, given the political will, the sagacity and determination of Dr Manmohan Singh’s government, it will succeed.

Brig GOVIND SINGH KHIMTA (retd), Shimla


By declining the post of Prime Minister, which would have been hers by virtue of being the leader of the United Progressive Alliance, Mrs Sonia Gandhi has shown that Italians are still the best and the principled people in the world.

AJAY VIKRANT, Sundernagar


Dr Manmohan Singh is an institution. Being a pioneer of economic reforms, he will make the foundation of the nation strong. Dr Singh’s choice has made Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s opponents speechless.



In 1991-96, Dr Manmohan Singh saved the country when it was at the brink of bankruptcy. Mr H.K. Dua’s words are true: “The nation is in safe hands”. The people have high hopes on him and every one hopes he would live up to their expectations.

BANSI RAM, Chakhajipur (Hoshiarpur)



There is no doubt that the self-abnegation of Prime Ministership by Mrs Sonia Gandhi in favour of Dr Manmohan Singh has been the most telling and significant event for the country. It would prove to be the fore-runner of real democracy in the country.

Dr Manmohan Singh is, certainly, a paragon of democratic virtue. He will make India’s democracy more resilient and pragmatic.



Dr Manmohan Singh is Mr Clean and we have seen him as the pioneer of economic reforms when he was the Union Finance Minister in Mr P.V. Narasimha Rao’s government.

We hope that, being a visionary, Dr Singh would help resolve the long standing issues of Punjab. Moreover, Dr Singh would be instrumental in the development of the whole country so that India becomes “India Shining”.



Dr Manmohan Singh is an honest politician, brilliant economist and is pro-poor. He says that economic reforms will continue with a human touch. Only future will tell whether he would be able to do what he wants. Dr Singh needs the fullest cooperation of all those who have helped him become the Prime Minister. Only then one can expect good results.


Outside the syllabus

Some questions of English literature, Journalism Module III (BA Third Year) examination of Punjabi University, Patiala, were outside the syllabus. The university authorities should do justice by awarding 20 grace marks to each student.


Carry on the dialogue

APROPOS of Syed Nooruzzaman’s article “There is no threat to the peace process” (May 19), the main priority of the new Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government should be to take proactive steps to normalise relations between India and Pakistan. The new government should concentrate on creating an amicable atmosphere between the two countries.

What is needed is to improve bilateral trade and increase the people-to-people contact. The NDA government led by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee has, no doubt, proved its credentials in this regard. Mr Vajpayee’s efforts — the Lahore bus journey, the resumption of the Samjhauta Express, the Agra Summit and the recent cricket series — are highly commendable.

The platform in the peace process is already laid down and Dr Manmohan Singh’s government has to take the dialogue process forward. The citizens of the world’s largest democracy have given their mandate to the Congress-led coalition and we hope they will live up to our expectations.

ARUSHI BAROWALIA, Research Scholar, Dept of Public Administration, Panjab University, Chandigarh


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