The unanswered question

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May 27th, 2010 Aditi Phadnis

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s press conference has to have been the most eagerly awaited event this year.

Here is the question I had written down and wanted to ask him. I was not allowed.

“Prime Minister, I live in NOIDA, a Delhi suburb. Last night, the lights went out for seven hours. This is nothing new, they keep going out, but the difference this time was, the lifts stopped because the generator had to be rested. An old gentleman decided to take the stairs to reach his 6th floor flat and had to be admitted to the ICU because his heart couldn’t take the strain. Water couldn’t be pumped up and flushes ran dry. Every citizen of India is familiar with the word ‘load shedding’ You have yourself expressed concern about the power situation in the country. Inclusive politics is all very well, but can you indicate to us by when you will have a power sector that performs and every Indian citizen can expect to turn on the switch and actually have the bulb light up?”

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8 Responses to “The unanswered question”

  1. Arun Says:

    Asking question is ok but not for the heck of it. And, your question does not merit an answer from the prime minister of a country like India. You don’t seem to have a sense of propriety. If by being a journalist, you have a right to ask a question, try this with your editors. Criticsie their write-ups, sense of editing etc. I think very soon you will cease to be a journalist and lose all your right to ask question. Perhaps you may also not have a house in Noida.
    It is important to understand the limitations of a person and office. Now, what do you think the pm would have told you in response to your question. You only wanted to embarass him, or trigger a laughter. And, now you are trying to show that you are a hard-core, earthy journalist. But the man in question, the pm, has better cv than yours. Admit this first. Appreciate this. Then, perhaps you have a right to ask a sensible question. Regards

  2. Titu Says:

    We have lost right to ask such questions…
    While democracy has fooled the nation & failed miserably it is we the people of india who are to bame for electing such pathetic politicians….
    Indians are selfish people who themselves does not have any common viison for their state / country

    In a country where people vote for a candidate for his caste or religion and for reservation we hv lost the right to ask such foolish questions..

  3. NPM Says:

    True to the image majority of the people have of MMS. He has the advantage of not being directly responsible to the party or the people as he acts on behalf of higher authority whose benevolent shield protects him from the wolves in his party as well as against the fury of the people who are very much agitated due to the galloping inflation. A Delhi suburb going without power for 7 hours is a definite sign that despite the hype of India’s economic advance making it a super power, it is largely a hollow claim because we have still to cater to the basic needs and create the minimum infrastructure for a decent and a little comfortable living condition.

  4. Ashish Says:

    This is a very specific question pointed at a person who has had the luxury of stoic ambivalence choosing to speak only when he can pillory the Opposition, mainly the BJP, while deftly censoring all questions that cannot be resolved with metaphysical mumbo jumbo. At the end of the day, Manmohan Singh needs to demonstrate that his actions speak louder than the boring drone of his monotonous sounding words. I am not surprised that he ducked such a question. It is the people who voted this party (UPA2) to power the second time in succession, who need to introspect. As somebody said, power not only corrupts it also intoxicates.

  5. Omigosh Says:

    Censorship of questions at a press conference, tks tsk, very bad, very bad. Especially since the answer was so darned easy, really. You know, the whole Nuclear Deal, the pipes of peace steal, the gaseous clay rumble in the stumble, and the full potential of India to be realized

  6. Mukul Says:

    Some possible responses from our irresponsible, unaccountable politicians/bureaucrats —

    Why should an old gentleman be living on the 6th floor?

    The old gentleman should have kept his heart in tip-top shape by exercising regularly.

  7. kishlaya Says:

    mam i think ur question was very apt, our power ministry is defunct nd some one must come up and take the onus of it..

  8. ashok Says:

    Even in an industrialised state like Maharashtra, there has been hardly any new capacity installed in the last ten years.


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