UPA 2 completes 1 year, Let’s Rate it.


On May 22, the 2nd UPA government will complete its 1st year in the office. Yesterday, 2 premier english news channels viz. the CNN IBN and the NDTV reported the results of the surveys conducted by them. The survey were intended to analyze the performance of UPA 2 so far. The idea to dissect the performance of  a government by doing surveys is not a great one for the simple reason that asking a few thousand out of a billion can not be a basis to analyze performances. And when you see some of the questions of those survey, you will scratch your head to examine the connection between the question and govt.’s performance. The questions on Rahul Gandhi (who is not a part of the govt.) gave a sense that the channels (NDTV to be particular) was trying to make ground for the congress to launch Rahul as the next PM candidate. With utter disgust, i decided to do an independent analysis of the UPA 2’s performance.

Being a 19 year old, I may not be a suitable person to analyze a government’s operations and functioning. I will put the points (both high and low) of the government that , I feel, matters while analyzing the performance.

The Highs:

One face that comes to mind while thinking about the govt.’s high points is that of P Chidambaram. The Home Minister has successfully overhauled the way the system works. He succeeded to make the year almost terror free (except the Pune blast). His no nonsense approach towards naxalism has generated hope among the common man that the Naxals can be tamed. Though he faces stiff resistance from his partymen on this front, he is not a man who gives up a job without trying. Yesterday, In his interview to NDTV, he looked in pain and his following 2 statements said the story of his tied hands.

“Prime Minister and I are clear about the strategy against naxals.”

“I have a limited mandate to implement”

Yet, he has performed his job brilliantly.

Another man who has been a success story for this govt. is Mr Kapil Sibbal. His Right to Education bill has lots of promise in it. If it can be implemented properly, the state of education in India will improve a lot. Another plan, originated from this ace lawyer’s brain, the Foreign University Bill is also something to look forward. Though, there are some concerns regarding this bill are yet to be met, there is a certain hope that Mr Sibbal will make the consensus before passing the bill.

Another man who has been during the limelight during last 1 year is Pranab Mukherjee. His brilliant floor management during cut motions and his defense of govt. in many cases helped him to emerge as a true leader. While the Prime Minister was seemed not much involved in matters other than Nuclear Bill and relationship with Pakistan, Pranab Mukherjee being a senior leader managed all the difficulties well. I feel he could have been a better Prime Minister than Manmohan Singh. Even Pranab Mukherjee stands for PM. Though his budget which increased fuel prices and devoid of reforms (reforms were expected after a thumping win for the Congress and no Left in the govt.), he performed better than average.

The Lows:

The govt. had many low points during the last one year. The biggest problem that the govt. faced is the lack of cohesion in the govt. The cabinet is deeply divided over different issues. Chidambaram- Mamta, Chidambaram- Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chidambaram- Jairam Ramesh, Jairam Ramesh- Kamal Nath, Jairam Ramesh- Pawar, Prithviraj Chavan and Kapil Sibal, Mamta- Pranab, Murli Deora- Pranab etc. are some of the open fights we saw in last one year. These fights are the ones in which ministers were involved. Add Digvijay and Mani Shankar Aiyar’s attack on Chidambaram on Naxal issue which exposed the Congress’ lack of unity on serious matter. It seems the govt. has not been able to take the party alongside. There is no problem in having different issues but putting them in public forum is what shows the lack of cohesion in the govt. And how can I forget Shahshi Tharoor and his 7 mistakes in 1 year? Another failure of this year, though he was expected to deliver.

Another problem with the govt. is the tiff with allies. In fact, the ministers of ally parties have let the govt. down. Sharad Pawar (Failure in food prices, alleged involvement in IPL scam), A Raja (2G spectrum scam), Azhagiri (Consistent absence from the parliament) and Mamta Banarjee (More interested in Bengal politics than her ministry). When Congress got 200+ seats in last year election, it had been predicted that it won’t be put into much trouble by the allies and will play a big brother’s role in the government. But thanks to its high-handedness, the relationship between it and the allies looks strained. TMC-Congress alliance for Kolkata civic polls couldn’t be materialized. The govt. looked in danger during the cut motions. They survived the damage by luring the BSP,SP and RJD, but it created more trouble for Congress in the long run.

Another failure of the government that affects the common man is in fighting the inflation and price rise. It also failed in pressurizing Pakistan on the terrorism issue. Without much response from Pakistan, India agreed to start formal talk. The Sharm- el- Seikh where India lost its ground by conceding the Baloochistan issue in a hope to start fresh talks with Pakistan. No one knows, if it will help in setting the relationship right. May be PM’s eagerness to start talk with Pakistan may help in future but at present it seems to be a failure.

After all discussions, it’s now time for marks. If the government to be given mark on a 10 mark scale, then I will give 4/10 to it. These 4 marks are only for the extra-ordinary work of P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibbal.

I request the readers to rate the government below in this poll.

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13 thoughts on “UPA 2 completes 1 year, Let’s Rate it.

  1. ruchir89 says:

    although i’m not very much interested in politics and the events related to it, so i’m not the best person to judge the authenticity and correctness of the post, but i’m really amazed and happy the way of summarization of the things the party did or have not done.
    where it got success, and where it failed.

    over all, a great post, loved it!
    @dibyabttb, bro, you rock!

  2. I will give a 7/10 for the UPA govt. The failures were mainly due to lack of proper majority of UPA in the parliament . The govt had to bow down to the dirty politics and power tactics of BSP, SP , RJP, DMK , left parties and TM-congress. Get the congress absolute majority in the next elections and see the difference.

    • thenewdimension says:

      Thanks for the read. 🙂
      It is the job of Congress to convince people to give it an absolute majority. If they perform well in next 4 years, then the people of India will give them the absolute majority.

  3. I’ll have to agree with Cherian. The failures of UPA 2.0 were mainly coz of their lack of proper majority and coz of their allies.

    I would give them a 6/10 coz I was expecting a more. They were good but my expectations were higher. But I would still vote for UPA than for NDA as of today.

    • thenewdimension says:

      As i said, It is the job of Congress to convince people to give it an absolute majority. But the sadly, at present the fact is that UPA has failed though I agree it is still better than the NDA. 🙂

  4. I agree with a major part of the blog except the part where differences within the government have been cited as lows.The discerning voices according to me are not deterrent to the government’s normal working.

    secondly,although Mamata Bannerjee devotes most of her time to Bengal but you cannot deny that railways has indeed improved over the last year.services are more customer friendly,many new schemes have been introduced(like the single ladies travelling quota or the ladies special trains,duranto etc). The flip side is that she restricts most of her flagship projects to Bengal which makes her unacceptable to the rest of the nation. I would rate her a average minister and not rule her out as you did(in fact her budget was the most entertaining show one has ever seen on TV 😛 )

    Also i credit the government with a firmness of opinion on foreign policies.Be it about engagement with pakistan or the deals with USA,government is clear about what it wants to do!

    Mr Pranab Mukherjee has also done a good job.At least India has not been a victim of the recession like US or UK. Moreover he is taking measures to control food prices and i feel that cannot be done overnight.And he has my full support for the re imposition of the tax on fuel prices(it was not a hike just bringing back an old tax….why cant the state governments reduce taxes on fuels? why the onus on centre only?)

    And although i know you would not agree with me here but i feel Jairam Ramesh is also a good minister.At least he knows what his job is,environment is a tricky issue and he knows his science well.

    That is why over all i rated the UPA 2 6.5/10 and since 0.5 opytion wasnt available i rated it 6.(The low rating because i had much more hopes from this government.But if elections were to be held today i would again vote for the congress cause i know India is safe in Congress’s hands and cannot be entrusted to the hands of a party whose strings are pulled by organisations like RSS and VHP!)

    Having said all that i would also like to mention here that i would rate the opposition as 2 for the past one year because despite numerous opportunities to bring the govt on track all they could do was rush to the well,walk out of the LS or throw papers at speaker!!! The opposition needs to be more responsible for a healthy democracy,and opposing for the sake of opposition should stop!

  5. nikhil says:

    This is the worst performing government of independent India on all fronts.This year all food articles have doubled the prices instead of good stock. Terrorism is at all time high people are absolutely insecure and their is complete disaster on foreign policy front. Reservation on the basis of religion will break the country into pieces .

  6. bhaihindustani says:

    worst governance in the history of India..failed on diplomatic front, security front, progress front, dignity , agriculture, education, devlepment and above all the national pride

  7. bhaihindustani says:

    A: Afzal guru not hanged by the congress government inspite of SC order.
    B: Bomb blasts happen in hundreds, in 5 years of Congress misrule.
    C: Cost of living and food prices rise, making life difficult for Aam aadmi.
    D: Dr manmohan singh says muslims have first right to India’s resources.
    E: Economy and business suffer like never before.
    F: Farmer suicides continue. Where did our money for ‘farmers loan waiver’ go?
    G: Gujarat police has to provide evidence to enable SIMI ban to continue.
    H: Home Minister shivraj patil kicked out only after 4.5 years of sleep and 26/11.
    I: India bullied by china, but NO diplomatic response by the government.
    J: Jihadis offered pension in Kashmir by the congress government.
    K: karunanidhi and congress insult Lord Ram and call Ram-setu a fake.
    L: LeT becomes a household name, before congress forced to re-do POTA.
    M: Media makes Hindu bashing a fashion.
    N: Naxalism active in 165 districts of India.
    O: Orissa conversions/maoism cause Hindu saint’s death.
    P: Padmashri awards not given to Olympic winners.
    Q: Quattarochi is helped to escape. Jai Mata Rome (sonia gandhi).
    R: Report by Sachar committee advocates more minority appeasement.
    S: SP’s amar singh calls Batla house encounter a fake.
    T: Torture of Sadhvi Pragnya sanctioned by congress government.

  8. bhaihindustani says:

    Even congress & MMS were not confident of coming back to power for third time. It is laziness and take it granted attitude of opposition , that brought back Congress to power. MMS does not have confidence on his leadership and his achievements in first term and did not contested for direct election to Lok Sabha. It is high time to get rid of MMS. He did not talk directly on any political matter bothering this country, whether it be Kashmir or Telangana or Naxlite, all talk is done by Pranab or Chidambaram. He did not fought direct elections and feels he is not responsible for any body. Go to office at 9.00 am and come back home at evening and relax, like a employee working in a pvt. or govt. firm.Absolutely no control on his cabinet colleagues like Mamata or Pawar.

  9. bhaihindustani says:

    Poverty alleviation, corruption eradication and social equality (justice) all seem to have taken the back stage for now. These slogans just pop up a couple of months before every election. The Congress party has the uncanny knack of using these slogans temporarily and then pass on glorified (yet unchanged) statistics to the next government (be it their own

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