Since everybody is examining the first 100 days of Mr. V.P. Singh as prime minister, I will also do so.
On the whole, they have been a good 100 days. He has not changed his mind one single time, which is a record for him. And he has not once said he does not want to be prime minister, though he has said that he does not want to be president of his party.
He has appreared on TV four times, which is a record for any prime minister. He has not been abroad, not once, not taken a holiday during X'mas and New Year, travelled by air force planes, but never by the navy ships. So far, all his cabinet meetings have been held in New Delhi, in the cabinet room, not at tiger sanctuaries, etc.
Though in the first few days as prime minister, he shifted several government secretaries, he has not dismissed a single secretary and definitely not at a press congerence. He has not reprimanded any government official in public, and probably not in private also. He has not shuffled about his ministers and not held threat over their heads of doing so.
He has not summoned chief ministers to New Delhi, and, as far as we know, kept them awaiting outside his door and eventuallu asked his home minister to see them. And, after the recent state assembly elections, no chief minister was asked to go to Delhi to submit for approval his list of ministers. In fact, the only chief minister who went to Delhi with a list was Mr. Sharad Pawar and he is not Mr. Singh's chief minister.
Also, Mr. Sharad Pawar is the only chief minister who has been repeatedly praising his leader as being the only person who can lead the party and serve the country. No Janata Dal chief minister has praised his leader.
In the 100 days, Mr. Singh has travelled 19 times as an ordinary passenger by Indian Airlines. Well, perhaps not quite ordinary. He has not moved to the Racecourse Road residence yet. He has not announced any Festivals Of India, no runs for his country, no more instalments of Mera Bharat Mahan. No international athletic meets at Nehru Stadium, no cricket tournaments in the names of his forefathers.
He has not appointed a speech-writer. He has sent his sons away. Kept his wife at hime. Changed over from karakul cap to artifical fur cap. Not offered to be the intermediary between the Soviet Union and the United States, between Iran and Iraq, not accepted the leadership of the Third World, the Black Common wealth, the Afro-Asian Group, the South-East Asian countries. He has not tried to solve the problems of the world.