India situation ‘grim and morose’: ex-PM Manmohan Singh
Monitoring Report
NEW DELHI: Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh said India’s situation is “very grim and morose”, warning that “wilfully stoked communal tensions, gross economic mismanagement and an external health shock are threatening to derail India’s progress and standing”.
In a strongly-worded op-ed published in The Hindu on Friday, Singh maintained that currently India was facing threats from “the trinity of social disharmony, economic slowdown and a global health epidemic”.
Commenting on the deadly communal violence that swept through the Indian capital recently, the former prime minister said: “With no checks, the fire of social tensions is rapidly spreading across the nation and threatens to char the soul of our nation. It can only be extinguished by the same people that lit it.”
“Just in a matter of few years, India has slid rapidly from being a global showcase of a model of economic development through liberal democratic methods to a strife ridden majoritarian state in economic despair,” he wrote.