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Transcript of PM’s on-board Press Interaction enroute                to Delhi from Tehran                        Prime Min...
Question: Foreign Secretary briefed us about your excellent meeting with the SupremeLeader. Sir, he was very appreciative ...
Question: Sir, har taraf se kafi kharab sanket aa rahe hai. Zee Network ne ek initiative shuru kiyahai, jiska nam hai Zee ...
Question: President Zardari again invited you to Pakistan and you had accepted it and you saidthat you will visit at a sui...
Question: The Opposition has literally held the Parliament in hostage demanding yourresignation, will you be resigning? If...
PM: We all have an obligation, in Opposition as well as Government, both shouldwork together to take this parliamentary de...
Question: Are you giving any monetary assistance – economic bail out – to Mamta Banerjee.She is expecting some thing from ...
Question: In your NAM address you touched two points – one was food security and anotherwas the cyber terrorism. On food s...
Question: Sir, in your second term as Prime Minister, you have been bogged down by manyconstraints, be it coalition politi...
Question: My question is limited to NAM Summit. The few conservative media blockrepeatedly claimed that Iran is a rogue st...
Question: Political logjam ki baat ho rahi hai. Pahle to 2G scam abh phir coal gate paropposition ne Prime Minister par at...
Question: Sir, you said that you would appeal to the BJP’s good sense to stop the politicallogjam. Clearly that’s not work...
Question: Getting back to Pakistan, is India letting Hafiz Saeed off the hook?PM: We are not letting anyone off the hook. ...
Question: The five things that currently give you sleepless nights, is it the problem in Assam, isthe state of the economy...
Question on JPCPM: That is for JPC to decide.Question: Why are you allowing the BJP to set the political agenda?PM: I have...
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"I have to maintain the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister. I can’t get into a tu-tu main-main slanging match with other political leaders."

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  • Okay, my first comment on SlideShare. If anyone had even an iota of emotional intelligence it would be apparent how scripted MMS's words sound. The dude is programmed or at least seems that way. This is not about BJP guys, our future is being looted by these guys..do we have the Will to at least question them is the issue.
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  • THE BJP TOP POLITICIANS SHOULD READ THIS INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION FULLY AND UNDERSTAND THE WORLD, DOMESTIC CONDITIONS AND INDIA' S POSITION IN THE WORLD WHETHER THE IRAN RELATIONSHIP OR THE RELATIONSHIP OF INDIA WITH THE DEVALOPED COUNTRIES LIKE USA NO ONE TEACH THE OPPOSITION AS THE PRIME MINISTER MANMOHANJI HAS THOUGHT THROUGH THIS INTERVIEW ,SO I REQUEST THE OPPOSITION PARTIES THAT IF THEY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO FOR THE NATION TAKE THIS SMART ,HUMBLE, CO-HESIVE ,FRIENDLY BUT THE FACTEFUL ADVICE,MEANINGFUL ADVICE AND THEY MUST KNOW THE PATRIOTISM TO THE NATION THAT THE PM AND THE GOVERNMENT POSSES I APPEAL TO THE OPPOSITION PARTIES DON'T WASTE THE PUBLIC MONEY BY SHOUTING IN THE WELL OF THE BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT THIS MAKES OUR NATIONS POSITION WEAK IN THE WORLD FORUM
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  1. 1. Transcript of PM’s on-board Press Interaction enroute to Delhi from Tehran Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Visit to Iran for XVI NAM Summit
  2. 2. Question: Foreign Secretary briefed us about your excellent meeting with the SupremeLeader. Sir, he was very appreciative of India’s 2000 year old relationship with Iran. Wouldyou like to elaborate on your meeting with the Supreme Leader whether he sought yourintervention in resolving issues with any other country? PM: There is no issue of India intervening to solve any problems in which Iran is involved. It was a philosophical discussion. The relations between our two countries which go back to centuries old ties of culture, civilization, language and religion; the continuing relevance of what India is trying to achieve - a country of composite culture trying to make a sense is of diversity of our people, to create a sense of unity amidst diversity. He was very appreciative of this.
  3. 3. Question: Sir, har taraf se kafi kharab sanket aa rahe hai. Zee Network ne ek initiative shuru kiyahai, jiska nam hai Zee Positive. Aap Bharat ki growth ke liye kha 3 badi jeezen positive dekhtehai.PM: Dekhiye aapko es baat ka pata hi hai ki duniya mai bahut bada aarthik sankat hai,es aarthik sankat ke hote huai bhi hamari economy 6.5% growth rate maintain kar rahihai. Aur aaj ke es mushkil samay mai jabki America jaisa mulk bhi 2% ki baat nahikarte, Europe main 0% growth rate ki baat ho rahi hai. We should count our blessings.Even then it will be our effort to improve upon the growth performance of 6.5% bycreating an environment conducive to growth of savings, domestic investment,fortunately our domestic savings and investment rates are still very high and if weimprove the climate of investment in infrastructure sector, power, roads, ports andrailways, telecommunication I am confident, we will be able to given a big pushforward to our growth processes.
  4. 4. Question: President Zardari again invited you to Pakistan and you had accepted it and you saidthat you will visit at a suitable time and would like a substantial outcome of that visit? In youropinion, what would be the substantial outcome and a suitable time?PM: Well, I am very keen to visit Pakistan and am very grateful to President Zardari forinviting me to visit that country, but I also mentioned to him that we have to create aproper atmosphere. There must be a general feeling that Pakistan is doing all that itcould do to deal with terrorism directed against India from Pakistani soil, and in thiscontext the court trial of those who have been charged with this heinous crime ofBombay massacre. I think this is a crucial test of Pakistan’s sincerity to bring theperpetrators of these horrible crimes to book. Now, on that point, President Zardariand Interior Minister Rehman Malik said they are doing all that is possible subject tothe vagaries of the court process. I also said that there are issues like Sir Creek, whichhe himself had told me when he visited Delhi for going to Ajmer Sharif that these are‘doables’. I said that let us push that process further and in the meanwhile ForeignMinisters of the two countries will be meeting and they can explore the possibilitieswhat can be achieved to facilitate a purposeful visit of my tour to Pakistan.
  5. 5. Question: The Opposition has literally held the Parliament in hostage demanding yourresignation, will you be resigning? If not, then do you plan to plan to break the log jam?PM: Well, if I were resigning I wouldn’t have been here. I hope the Opposition will seesense. We are a parliamentary democracy. We have been elected by the people ofIndia for a five-year term. I sincerely hope that the BJP will respect the verdict of thepeople and let the Government function. In a Parliamentary system, the majority has aright to rule. If the BJP feels that the majority cannot be trusted to govern the affairsof this country and they would like to run it their way that is a total negation of whatthe democratic politics is about. I sincerely hope and even now it is not too late thatthe BJP recognizes that there is too much at stake.
  6. 6. PM: We all have an obligation, in Opposition as well as Government, both shouldwork together to take this parliamentary democracy, of which we are genuinelyproud of, in tackling the problems of our country. Our country faces withenormous problems- look at what is happening in North-East, attempts to dividecommunities, to create gap between North and South, what happened in somesouthern cities. Also terrorism remains a serious threat. In addition Naxalism is agrowing menace. Our country has done well despite all these odds but we cannotassume that we can continue to make a mess of the processes of governance andyet the country will continue to grow, that we will continue to create jobs for theyoung people. Let us concentrate on essentials and let us wait till the nextelections to test the fortunes of various political parties.
  7. 7. Question: Are you giving any monetary assistance – economic bail out – to Mamta Banerjee.She is expecting some thing from you?PM: We are very keen to help all State Governments which have financialproblems and West Bengal is no exception to this rule. We have been discussingwith Finance Minister and Chief Minister of West Bengal, the practical, pragmaticand viable ways and means of helping to tide over these difficulties.
  8. 8. Question: In your NAM address you touched two points – one was food security and anotherwas the cyber terrorism. On food security, you said that you would look for internationalcooperation. What kind of international cooperation are you looking for? For cyber terrorismon our domestic front, we need more domestic legal framework because we are not havingany comprehensive cyber policy in our country.PM: Well I agree. I have been asking my National Security Advisor to zero in on thegaps in evolving a viable policy to tackle the menace of cyber terrorism. As far asfood security is concerned, we would like the world to cooperate more in increasingagricultural productivity, particularly in the countries of Africa where there isenormous scope for increasing agricultural production and our India-Africa ForumSummit seeks to use India’s capabilities to help them increase productivitywhenever there is demand. At the same time, technology can be an importantsource of increasing food production and also in weather forecasting, developingearly warning systems in case of floods or droughts. Biotechnology also has animportant role to play. Nations of the world should cooperate with each other tomake a success of biotechnology in increasing food production. In the 21st century,use of water is going to be the most important issue and a critical input indevelopment processes. How do we economise use of water? How to use moderntechnologies for irrigation like sprinkler irrigation as against flow irrigation? Israelhas come up with new methods. So there is a whole gamut of issues that the NAMcountries may deliberate and cooperate and can enlarge their mandate. They cancooperate with other parts of the world on the issue of increasing food production.
  9. 9. Question: Sir, in your second term as Prime Minister, you have been bogged down by manyconstraints, be it coalition politics, protests on the streets or be it the parliamentary deadlockover issues. Do you have any regrets. Could you tell us 5 things that you would have wanted todo but you have not been able to do till now?PM: Well we would have certainly liked to lay the foundation of 9 percent growth ratebut international events have not helped and also lack of cohesiveness in ourdomestic politics was also a factor. There have been, for example, difficulties in givingeffect to Goods and Services Tax. The Goods and Services Tax, as has been agreedupon, can lead to increase the GDP of the country by 1-2%. It will streamline the taxsystem, minimize scope for evasion. But there are problems because we are not ableto push through. Also I would very much have liked, that the opposition would give usa chance to work in a manner that the basic problems of India like poverty, hunger,disease can be tackled effectively. Unfortunately, from one crisis to the other, the BJPhas chosen to disrupt Parliament. These are all diversionary tactics. One has 24 hrs atone’s disposal. If one is preoccupied all the time with handling these diversionarytactics, naturally it affects the ability and capacity of the government to attend to itsmore fundamental tasks , which I am always saying is to grapple with the masspoverty and ignorance and disease which still affect millions and millions of ourcitizens.
  10. 10. Question: My question is limited to NAM Summit. The few conservative media blockrepeatedly claimed that Iran is a rogue state with nuclear capabilities. Do you see NAMSummit as a slap? If not, why not?PM: NAM Summit is not meant to be a slap to any one country. NAM has a setagenda. This was the 16th Summit. Iran has been chosen as the Chairperson.Therefore it is only appropriate that the Summit should take place in Iran which is avery important country in our region and in the developing world. The Iranians havea very proud civilization. They have many things to contribute to the world.Therefore, meeting in Tehran has no more or no less significance than the fact thatIran be a member of NAM in good standing.
  11. 11. Question: Political logjam ki baat ho rahi hai. Pahle to 2G scam abh phir coal gate paropposition ne Prime Minister par attack karne ki koshish ki. Kya aapko lagta hai ki is tarike kipolitical instability par rahte huye bhi Lokpal mein Pradhanmantri ko rakhna chahiye? Kyasarkar is bill ko paas karaane ki koshish karegi?PM: I have always been in favour of bringing the Prime Minister within the scopeof being judged by the Lokpal. I have said that many times and I repeat that I amnot afraid of myself or any Prime Minister being brought within the purview of thejurisdiction of Lokpal. This is a matter now it is before the select committee of LokSabha. Then, thereafter, if they approve the bill, may be if they make anyamendment it will have to go back to the Lok Sabha. But the bill is now in the courtof Parliament, whatever the outcome, we will respect the outcome.
  12. 12. Question: Sir, you said that you would appeal to the BJP’s good sense to stop the politicallogjam. Clearly that’s not working. Sir, do you have any other way of overcoming the logjam.Do you have any way of taking this forward, because otherwise we will see no Parliamentbetween now and the winter session?PM: Well I sincerely hope that there are people, welcoming people in all politicalparties and that they would all have the good sense to recognize that what ishappening in our Parliament is not something which is doing credit to anyone.Beyond that, at this stage, I am not going to do anything.
  13. 13. Question: Getting back to Pakistan, is India letting Hafiz Saeed off the hook?PM: We are not letting anyone off the hook. Whosoever is guilty of crimes, terroristcrimes directed against India should be brought to justice. So I am not saying thatanyone should not be brought to justice.Question: Sir, young leader Rahul Gandhi has expressed his intention to assume a larger role inthe party and the government. Sir, what role do you visualise for Rahul Gandhi after thisMonsoon Session.PM: Well I have always been of the view that Rahul Gandhi should play a more activerole in the government. I have invited him to be a member of the cabinet on severaloccasions and I sincerely hope that this time he would consider very seriously. But Ihave no inside knowledge of what he is planning to do.
  14. 14. Question: The five things that currently give you sleepless nights, is it the problem in Assam, isthe state of the economy, is it the impasse in Parliament?PM: Well, Let me say that the development in Parliament are a source of greatconcern to me. But when I look to the future of our country, the way things havegone in Assam, there is definite tension that has disturbed peace in Assam,(inaudible) this certainly cause concern. Similarly, the fact that thousands andthousands of people have continued to move from various parts of the countryparticularly from deep south, Bangalore, Hyderabad, have chosen because for somereason or the other they don’t feel secure, there going back to North East is not goodfor the promotion of national unity and national cohesion. I have also said that thegrowing communal tensions is yet another area where I sincerely believe that allright thinking people should sit together and control this menace.
  15. 15. Question on JPCPM: That is for JPC to decide.Question: Why are you allowing the BJP to set the political agenda?PM: I have to maintain the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister. I can’t getinto a tu-tu main-main slanging match with other political leaders. So it is better, asI said earlier, that I keep silence.
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