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  1. Early image-wins for govt, thanks to Mission Mars, downturn in oil prices: Kapil Sibal

Early image-wins for govt, thanks to Mission Mars, downturn in oil prices: Kapil Sibal

Culmination of years of work on Mission Mars and global downturns in oil prices have given the present government "early image-wins", senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2015 11:16 AM
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Culmination of years of work on Mission Mars and global downturns in oil prices have given the present government “early image-wins”, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said. PTI

Culmination of years of work on Mission Mars and global downturns in oil prices have given the present government “early image-wins”, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said.

In a write-up on a blog, he said people of the country seem to have embraced the winds of change and the new language of governance, in anticipation of ‘acchey din’.

He added that coincidentally, the culmination of years of work on Mission Mars and global downturns in oil prices have given the new government early image-wins and straws of positive sentiment to grab.

“Perfectly timed invitations, and perfectly placed punch lines drew crowds and attention to India and its people; with its Prime Minister becoming master of ceremonies, to national-pride fuelled audiences,” he said.

According to him, when a billion odd people rise together, world leaders and markets are bound to sit up and take notice.

“Well done, I say. India needs this. In fact, India has needed this rocket-boost for a very long time,” Sibal said, adding “one can only point out that boosters detach themselves from a rocket as it goes into space. Then the spaceship has to power itself, and travel its course alone, and in a vacuum”.

That is the most difficult and lonely task of a government, he added.

Sibal said that as the new government attempts to tackle all the issues blamed on the previous government several questions present themselves.

Will the BJP involve the Opposition in government and policy decisions, as much as it wanted as Opposition and will the Congress play the role of a constructive Opposition, or will it become the obstructive Opposition it accused the BJP of being in the past, he asked.

“Will Narendra Modi be able to overhaul the system he called incompetent, and cleanse the country of the corruption as he promised?,” he asked further.

Another question is whether the traditional satraps of the BJP actively support Modi’s efforts and let him own the limelight, Sibal wrote.

He suggested that there should be reflection on some other questions as well.

“Why do the government and judiciary appear to be in constant conflict? Why is there evidence of friction between government and the CBI? And then sometimes, why does the CBI seem to be working in collusion with vested interests in the government?,” Sibal wrote.

The senior Congress leader raised some other questions and said that even he could not claim to have right answers to all of them.

“And the only way to address all of the above, is for all of us to first come together as a nation, and share our thoughts and concerns. Actively contemplate collectively. To pause, and reflect,” he added.

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