Thursday, 25 July 2013

P.M.’s 1300 speeches–does it matter?

There is a big coverage given by media that the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, gave 1300 speeches during the last 9 years of his Prime Minister ship of the country. Looks good when averaged in terms of the period involved. I remember the speeches of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Visitors gallery in Parliament was awefully occupied by a large number of the audience whenever Pt. Nehru had a schedule to deliver his address to the House. He was after all outstandingly an excellent orator and his words were grasped by the people measure by measure. Is it that type of speeches Manmohan Singh made? No, because he had no substance to deliver to the people. Quantitatively, it is certainly a matter of praise to have a record of 1300 speeches, of course in 9 years duration, but occupy as he did the post of the Prime Minister of the country, this is not to be taken as some thing extra-ordinary, A huge number of these speeches included ceremonial ones as ritual as a few minutes speeches prepared by his department for the purpose of inauguration and the likes. Manmohan Singh does deserve an admiration for quantity, a statistical jargon of course, but quality and substance parts of him as one with appeal and substance are yet to be traced if available some where by chance.

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