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Half full, not half empty

india Updated: Mar 04, 2011 11:06 IST
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Every crisis presents an opportunity to excel. These sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Saturday, should serve to soothe the frayed nerves of a public which has had nothing much to cheer about in the past few weeks given the alleged scams that have come out into the open.

But in order to bring about some closure on the controversial 2G spectrum issue, the prime minister rightly appealed to the Opposition to let parliament function. He also sought to allay fears that justice would be derailed in this case by asserting that once the relevant investigative agencies finish their work, anyone found guilty of wrongdoing would not be spared.

The government has filed an affidavit with the Supreme Court as directed by it on the charge that there was no action for several months on the request by former MP Subramanian Swamy to prosecute former telecom minister A Raja.

The government has begun moving on resolving this issue, albeit slowly, with new telecom minister Kapil Sibal removing an official alleged to have had a role in the 2G spectrum issue.

Despite the setbacks in recent times, the prime minister seemed optimistic that India would continue its winning streak thanks to the resilience of the people. In particular, he sought to underscore the example of how well India weathered the cataclysmic global financial upheaval with minimal damage. Clearly, he must hope that some of this never-say-die spirit will kick in at this time also.

Though he did not spell it out, it was evident that his reference to the need to manage the polity and politics so as to create an enabling environment was aimed at all parties and to boost the confidence of the entrepreneurial community that needs stability to flourish.

India was on a roll despite enormous challenges and enjoyed unprecedented goodwill in the international comity of nations today. But, the prime minister was equally vehement that the growth story could not be at the cost of inclusive growth, the theme song of UPA 2.

The double-digit growth he envisioned too can come about only if these political problems, which seem to paralyse parliament ever so often, are speedily resolved. The prime minister emphasised the capabilities of the people who are the catalyst behind India's amazing success.

In this context, the political class might do well to remember the moral obligation it has to the people who have done India so proud. It is heartening all round that the prime minister was confident that despite feeling like a schoolboy facing test after test, he would ensure good grades for the country. A case of seeing the glass half full rather than half empty.