Dear PM, what motivates you to go to work?
It's been one disastrous performance after another by the government, headed by the prime minister. We wonder what motivates Manmohan Singh to get up and go to office with a track record like this?
All of us who work – whether at offices or, in the case of home-makers, homes — know how significant a role motivation plays in helping dealing with another day at work.
When one is doing well at work, it’s easy. At work, for example, if you’re ahead of your targets, you get a complimentary e-mail from your boss, a junior colleague tells you that it’s great working with you, for example, the day ahead seems so much easier to deal with — and that motivates you to go off to work, looking forward to another day of doing well. At home, it might be a guest complimenting you on how wonderful the house looks, or praising the aloo sabji, or a relative saying the children are wonderfully brought up.
When one is doing badly, it’s just the reverse. There’s no motivation to get up in the morning. Every little task seems difficult and tiring, every completed task seems to be thankless.
What happens when one is doing disastrously?
And that makes one wonder how the prime minister motivates himself to get up and go and deal with a day in the office.
Based on current achievements, our PM has had a disastrous few years in the office. For the sake of brevity, let’s focus on the last few months.
The assembly elections: Performed much lower than the Congress themselves expected in Uttar Pradesh, lost in Punjab and Goa, and cobbled together a majority in Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand government is under threat thanks to the poor handling by the party high command.
The railway budget: Forced to concede to Mamata Banerjee, the government accepts Dinesh Trivedi’s resignation and appoints Mukul Roy and allows him to roll back all the progressive recommendations in Trivedi’s budget.
Sri Lanka at the UNHRC: Yields to pressure from Tamil Nadu political parties and votes for the US-sponsored UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka for war crimes. You can read about the implications of the roll back of the railway budget and the UN vote here.
The leak of the CAG draft and the letter to the PM: While the original reports in The Times of India might have been exaggerated, there is little doubt that the government will face heat on this issue. More about this issue here.
The handling of the Norway child custody case, which proved that all, including the MEA, bumbled along like amateurs.
The ridiculous Rs 28 poverty line, which has made the government a laughing stock.
The decision by the government to amend the IT Act with retrospective effect so that Vodafone is forced to pay.
These are just a few of the many disastrous performances of the government, headed by the prime minister.
What motivates him to get up and go to office with a track record like this?
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