Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Tale of two C.V's

Disclaimer : I don't know about the veracity of the information presented below. I have presented it as it has been received by me.

The following is the subject of a mail sent to me by a very good friend who is also a Pakistani. He is made of the same flesh and blood that you and me are made of.....that's why I sometimes wonder why we bay for each others blood as a nation.


EDUCATION /Qualification:

1950: Stood first in BA (Hons), Economics, Punjab University, Chandigarh ,
1952; Stood first in MA (Economics), Punjab University , Chandigarh,
1954; Wright's Prize for distinguished performance at St John's College,Cambridge,
1955 and 1957; Wrenbury scholar, University of Cambridge ,
1957; DPhil (Oxford), DLitt (Honoris Causa); PhD thesis on India's export competitiveness

OCCUPATION /Teaching Experience:

Professor (Senior lecturer, Economics, 1957-59;
Reader, Economics, 1959-63;
Professor, Economics, Panjab University, Chandigarh,
1963-65; Professor,
International Trade, Delhi School of Economics,University
of Delhi,
1969-71; Honorary professor, Jawaharlal Nehru
University,New Delhi,
1976 and Delhi School of Economics, University of
Delhi,1996 and Civil Servant

Working Experience/ POSITIONS:

1971-72: Economic adviser, ministry of foreign trade
1972-76: Chief economic adviser, ministry of finance
1976-80: Director, Reserve Bank of India; Director, Industrial Development Bank of India;
Alternate governor for India , Board of governors , Asian Development Bank;
Alternate governor for India, Board of governors, IBRD
November 1976 - April 1980: Secretary, ministry of finance (Department of economic affairs);
Member, finance, Atomic Energy Commission ; Member,finance, Space Commission
April 1980 - September 15, 1982: Member-secretary, Planning Commission
1980-83: Chairman, India Committee of the Indo-Japan joint study committee
September 16, 1982 - January 14 , 1985: Governor, Reserve Bank of India.

1982-85: Alternate Governor for India, Board of governors, International Monetary Fund

1983-84: Member, economic advisory council to the Prime Minister

1985: President, Indian Economic Association

January 15 , 1985 - July 31, 1987: Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

August 1, 1987 - November 10, 1990: Secretary-general and commissioner, south commission, Geneva

December 10 , 1990 - March 14, 1991: Advisor to the Prime Minister on economic affairs

March 15, 1991 - June 20, 1991: Chairman, UGC

June 21, 1991 - May 15, 1996: Union finance minister

October 1991: Elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam on Congress ticket

June 1995: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha

1996 onwards: Member, Consultative Committee for the ministry of finance

August 1, 1996 - December 4 , 1997: Chairman, Parliamentary standing committee on commerce

March 21, 1998 onwards: Leader of the Opposition, Rajya Sabha

June 5, 1998 onwards: Member, committee on finance

August 13, 1998 onwards: Member, committee on rules

Aug 1998-2001: Member, committee of privileges 2000 onwards: Member,
executive committee, Indian parliamentary group

June 2001: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha

Aug 2001 onwards: Member, general purposes committee


India's Export Trends and Prospects for Self-Sustained Growth -Clarendon
Press, Oxford University, 1964; also published a large number of articles in various economic journals .


Adam Smith Prize , University of Cambridge, 1956

Padma Vibhushan , 1987

Euro money Award, Finance Minister of the Year, 1993;

Asia money Award, Finance Minister of the Year for Asia ,
1993 and 1994


1966: Economic Affairs Officer

1966-69: Chief, financing for trade section,

1972-74: Deputy for India in IMF Committee of Twenty on International Monetary Reform

1977-79: Indian delegation to Aid-India Consortium Meetings

1980-82: Indo-Soviet joint planning group meeting

1982: Indo-Soviet monitoring group meeting

1993: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Cyprus 1993:
Human Rights World Conference, Vienna


Gymkhana Club , New Delhi; Life Member, India International
Centre, New Delhi

Name: Dr Manmohan Singh

DOB: September 26 , 1932

Place of Birth: Gah (West Punjab, currently Pakistan)

Father: S. Gurmukh Singh

Mother: Mrs Amrit Kaur

Married on: September 14 , 1958

Wife: Mrs Gursharan Kaur

Children: Three daughters

*This man is Indian Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh)*

Resume -II
President of Pakistan

Education: no formal qualifications proved, he claims he has done graduation from London but we are still unable to find that college or university , and Zardari is unable to remember its name as well.

University : unknown.

Claim to fame : Husband of a famous, now ex (RIP) Prime Minister

Previous Laurels : Involvement in several murders most famously of his brother in law, possibly wife (not proved yet!)

Involvement in famous events : Wrapping a bomb to the leg of a famous UK businessman to ask for money!

Services to Pakistan : Embezzlement & looting of Billions of Pakistan's wealth, Suspected of killing his wife .

Family Business : Playing x-rated movies in family cinemas.

Personal Qualities : He never sticks to his words , and has no diplomatic manners


Well I leave it to the readers as to what they want to make out of this...............

My thoughts, I would not want to launch into a lengthy narrative of why Pakistan is currently in the state it is.......It will take a very long time, a lot of cyberspace and also the time of the readers to understand what I wish say........and also not speaking of the patience of readers to read through all that trash.......

Well coming back to my thoughts, Dr. Manmohan Singh is the best Finance Minister we ever had. If I had any say in politics I would permanently have him as the Finance Minister irrespective of which party is in power. He was the one who put India on the path to recovery with those fantastic path breaking reforms when the previous third front goevernment had pledged our gold to Bank of England for precious Forex. I would not want to comment on his achievments as the the PM of India. I'm not sure on this issue.......... What I certainly did not know that was Dr. Manmohan's resume would put the best of CEO's to shame.

As for Mr. 10 percent ( A A Zardari, he was really invovled in sanctioning projects for 10% when his wife was the PM) the less said the better, considering the number of flip flops he is currently doing, he will put a top-flight gymnast to shame............

Readers your thoughts....................


  1. Like my late mother would have said, "आपल्याला काय करायचाय ? त्यांचं त्यांना ....... "

    But comparing the two in the same post/email, is simply insulting to the former....

  2. Dear Madam,

    I would not have dreamt of insulting Dr. Manmohan Singh. I simply have too much respect for his age, experience and values.

    I just posted the subject of a mail I received from my friend in Pakistan.

    It is a good policy on which India thrives, 'tyancha, tyan-na'...but an unstable neighbour possesses great threat for India.

  3. Nice blog post!

    Our neighbours are in a lot of trouble themselves. I'm just worried it'll be too late if we wait for them to settle their internal scores!!!

    The comparison of the 2 CV's proves more than a point!

  4. Nice post Ganesh. No wonder you will write well. I was reminded of your father and he used to contribute for our AP magazine.Keep writing and I will follow.

  5. Nice contrast drawn there though we have enough "leaders" who can conveniently be put in Zardari's place...on both sides of the aisle

  6. Priya : Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, unstable neighbours do possess great threat for India. In order to deflect attention from their internal problems they seek to create external troubles for their neighbours.

    NS Iyer : Sir, Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my blog and also your kind comments.

    The Comic Project : Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Hope to see you regularly in the future.

    Yes even India has enough of our own 'trash' read politicians who I would happily export to Pakistan.

  7. Well that was an interesting comparison, wasn't it!

    As a citizen of the U.S., I demur on the subject of presidential qualifications, considering our Current Occupant.


    May we do better beginning in January!


  8. Ganesh, with all due respects to academic qualifications, i dont think that defines who runs the country. There are examples glorious about simple men with simpler educational backgrounds run the country ( and companies ) that would have the qualified ones running for cover !!

    What worries me is not Zardari's lack of academic prowess or diplomatic guffaws. We have had enough and more from the Indian side of the same ilk.

    It is the lack of ability to manage the nation. A sense of character is absent. And that worries me. And here again we have enough and more of the same ilk from the Indian side as well.

    The political class is made up of the morons like the BSP MLA who lynched an engineer to death and such others ! Whats needed is grassroot level awareness that we are some way !

  9. Pearl : Thanks for taking out the time and visiting my blog.
    GWB can not get admission even in elementary school based on his IQ and intelligence.

    Kavi : You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned about 'lack of character'. Now I know what elders always mean when they say 'the world is not like when it was during our times'. As time progresses there is development but also the moral and ethical values are being eroded.

  10. .....that's why I sometimes wonder why we bay for each others blood as a nation.

    I don't think Indians bay for the blood of Pakistanis. Pakistanis do bay, because it is an islamic thing to do -- to kill kafirs and india under Allah.


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