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Issue No.: 573 | March 2015
 

Not Just An Accountant : A comment by V.Krishna Moorthy

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I recently finished reading Not Just An Accountant by Vinod Rai, former CAG.

An objective reading of Rai’s carefully written work, one comes to the conclusion that the both the governments of UPA I and UPA II headed by by Dr. Manmohan Singh were rogue governments. In the name of Coalition Dharma, the coalition partners of the governments were allowed such a free hand that they treated the ministries as their personal fiefdoms, including the vast assets and resources under their control causing such great damage to the country’s economy and its cherished values. The Prime Minister behaved like a nominal PM during his two tenures, while the executive powers were exercised from elsewhere. In fact he was a nominated PM by his party and not an elected one. Probably he was the only PM the country has seen who never faced an electorate successfully and was from Rajya Sabha.

While Rai has dealt about five areas in his work that have come into the public domain, there might be several such episodes of other ministries that have not seen the light of the day and remain in the now forgotten CAG Reports submitted to Parliament and collecting dust over the years.

Not Just an Accountant: The Diary of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper by Vinod Rai, former comptroller and auditor general; published by: Rupa; pages 288; Rs. 399

V. Krishna Moorthy
moorthy_vk@rediffmail.com
 
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