Tough criticism breaks Manmohan's silence

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 June 2011, 11:16 Hrs   |    29 Comments
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Bangalore: When it comes to our PM Manmohan Singh, the whole world feels that a saint is running our country. While Indians feel that the PM is not an aggressive PM. He has always been media shy, always been tight lipped and is known for his silence for any major issues that have taken place in the country. His mysterious muteness was driving the opposition party mad as they had nothing to criticize him for. BJP, the opposition party, calls it a Conspiracy of Silence.

Even the Supreme Court had criticized him for his alleged inaction for taking almost 16 months to decide if A. Raja should be charged and investigated. So far he has held only three nationally televised press conferences in the last seven years of his office. His last interaction with media was four months ago.
Manmohan Singh is always been compared with U.S. President Barack Obama, as he always goes public on every important issue and tries to convey the resolution to his country's citizen. But there is always a question if our PM can adopt the culture of his communication.

Because of his silence he is often criticized as the weak PM, and all the citizen of the country thinks that his functioning strategy has to be changed. He does not have a media strategy group to understand the trends of media and to keep pace with it.

The government and the Congress party have worked out a new communication strategy and according to the new strategy there will be more frequent meetings between the prime minister and senior editors of both print and electronic media. It could also entail the prime minister meeting senior journalists almost every week.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram has recently commented on the issue that The PM should speak more often. After the attack from civil society activists, the media and some of his own party members, over perceived communication gap on critical issues, Manmohan Singh has finally decided to come in front of media with some of senior editors today

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