The statement by the Prime Minister during the Pravasi Bharatiya Sammelan citing that the country is going through difficult times is hardly surprising. The resurfacing of problems time and again proves that the circumstances are not favourable. It is high time for the Central government to understand that mere acknowledgement of turbulent times will not solve the purpose, especially when the Center fails to realise that it is responsible for the mess. It is not wise on the part of the UPA government to look for scapegoats to pin blame for the economic problems instead of looking down its own collar. Undoubtedly, the stagnant economic conditions in the United States and European countries have adversely affected the Indian economy. But a weak government and its failure to take the right step at an appropriate juncture has aggravated the economic woes of India. It its second term the UPA-II has failed miserably in propelling those economic reforms which were pending from its first term. The root cause of the failure is the internal conflicts within the government along with the web corruption surrounding it. It is embarrassing to note that all the economic reforms are in limbo due to internal bickering within the UPA. In fact, the differences between two Ministries have stalled a number of important economic decisions. The Central government should consider the attitude of its allies before taking on the Oppositions’ exception to the FDI nod in retail business. If the government wants to take on the challenges posed by languishing economy, it has to act on two counts. Firstly, it has to show the courage to take bold decisions and secondly it needs to learn how to smartly tackle its allies, especially Trinamool Congress.

The Left support from outside to the UPA I government was better than the present TMC ally. But it is the Congress which is answerable to the stunts used by Trinamool now and then to heighten the Centre’s problem and weaken their economic policy. And equally accountable is the Opposition who, in a bid to mount the problems for the ruling government, also neglected the much required economic reforms. There is no justification in the fact that the Opposition needs to find out flaws in every decision taken by the government related to economy. Had the Opposition wanted, the Goods and Services tax and Direct Tax Code could have been implemented. If the Central government refuses to abandon the adopted policy, then instead of improving the situation will only worsen.