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Dr. Manmohan's Dilemma

Belying the opinion polls, exit polls and the fear that it was going to be a hung parliament in India and the uncertainties resulting from such a verdict, the congress-led front returned to power with a comfortable majority. The BJP-led NDA did somewhat better but the III front led by the leftist were almost wiped out. About the IV front, the less said, the better. The poll pundits gave several reasons for the debacle of these fronts but in my view one major reason for the set-back was their adament stand against the Indo-US nuclear deal which might have scared away the educated youngsters.

But it was not a cakewalk for the Congress before and after the elections. Normally, it is the prerogative of the Prime minister to choose his ministers but Manmohanji was under tremendous pressure from the partners to accomodate their MPs in the cabinet irrespective of their qualification or experience. And, some of them seem to be over enthusisatic and are in a hurry to prove their mettle. Some have already indicated their partiality to the state they belong to.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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