Manmohan Singh Should Say
1. YES WE CAN
Three magic words. Might work, even if he sounds most unconvinced about it.
2. MY SHIP, MY WAY
Especially to A Raja. To be fair, he might still wonder if the Prime Minister was selling ships.
3. READ THE PAPERS, I DO
The killer. If he actually did, he’d know more about CVC PJ Thomas than what his boys told him.
4 COUNTRY FIRST, COALITION NEXT
Means the same thing in the UPA. But needed, given the confusion about coalition compulsions.
5. HAVE A CIGAR
To the Maoists, who he really needs to invite for dinner. McDonalds? Hmmm… Domino’s.
6. WRITE @MANUBHAI
Time to tweet, considering how Raja and, most likely, his gardener ignore his letters anyway.
7. HERE’S THE SECRET
Time he shared what the Chanakya, Narasimha Rao, told him. Ever since, Manmohan is immoveable.
8.CAESAR’S WIFE? WHO?
Must be wondering why everybody compares him with her. Did she have a raja too?
9. I LOVE ITALIAN
Considering the hours he spends in 10 Janpath meetings. Still, always nice to nail it.
10. I NEED AN OFF
Could even catch a movie or two. Wonder if they have moved to colour.
& 10 THINGS HE SHOULDN’T
1 I accept responsibility. Naturally
2 I am not afraid. A cliché
3 India is a marvel. Yes sir, we know
4 We take our job seriously
5 Our economy is in good shape. No one believes it
6 We are not a scam-driven country
7 We are doing our best
8 You cannot please all the people
9 I am confident we will succeed
10 Rahul is very qualified. Is a tad sycophantic