Politics & International Studies

A Gentle Giant | Indeed, History Will Be Kinder to Manmohan Singh Than the Media

A Gentle Giant | Indeed, History Will Be Kinder to Manmohan Singh Than the Media
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh | Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images 

In a certain sense, Dr Manmohan Singh’s contributions have a hangover effect on the lives of many Indians.


Deepanshu Mohan, Professor of Economics and Director, Centre for New Economics Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.


In remembering a 33-year-old parliamentary term held in the Rajya Sabha, Dr Manmohan Singh’s contributions to nation-building as both finance minister and prime minister (while being a member of the Upper House) go beyond his economic prudence and expertise.

As an epitome of grace and politeness in personal conduct, his presence will be missed in Parliament for his strong, dignified, and astute statesmanship. These are qualities that are rare to be found in today’s polity and in the nature of practised political propriety.

On Tuesday this week, the Indian National Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge wrote a brief letter to Dr Singh on his X (formerly Twitter) account, praising his indelible contribution to nation-building, and to the rise of India’s middle class and aspirational youth.

Dr Singh, oft known for ushering in several bold reforms in the Indian economy, became a member of the House for the first time in October 1991, four months after he became the Union finance minister in June 1991. He represented Assam for five terms in the Upper House and then shifted to Rajasthan in 2019.

Proficient in Urdu and English, Singh remained a gentle giant as a leader.

Published in: The Quint

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