Manmohan Singh, prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, completes six years in office on May 22 without once being subjected to a prerequisite of democracy—hard-nosed questioning by journalists—print, television, radio or internet—in face-to-face, one-on-one, on-the-record interviews.
He will, however, seek the safety of the crowd once again when he addresses the media at a conference on Monday next, May 24, his second such interaction in 2,160 days. Does Manmohan Singh not trust the Indian media? Or does he think he is not answerable to the Indian people for his programmes and policies?
Is this a wise position—the PM dons the cap of the country’s brand ambassador when he goes abroad, but leaves his ministers to do all the talking (and cross-talking) back home? Or is this just a safe option, when Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi too doesn’t subject herself to interrogation?
Facsimile: courtesy Mail Today
External reading: Does the PM not trust the Indian media?