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The PMO has taken a dim view of TIME magazine’s latest cover story on Dr. Manmohan Singh, terming it as ‘a breach of faith and in poor taste’.
“This is unacceptable,” scowled a feckless PMO bureaucrat. “These TIME folks said they wanted to do a piece on the PM as an under-achiever. We interpreted it to mean a piece, in good faith, about Dr. Singh’s achievements under the leadership of Soniaji. So the PM sportingly posed for that silly cover, even answering a few of their questions without reading from a prepared text. Alas, we have been duped and this is not we had signed up for.”
The PM is also upset with the coverage. “At least, they could have stated on the cover that ‘India needs a robot” instead of “India needs a reboot”, no? I would have liked that,” he wailed.
“And they were not being 100% accurate in dubbing me as ‘The Underachiever’. It is only 98% accurate at most as per my estimate,” he added in a visibly choked voice, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“But at least they were flattering in one respect by saying I am regarded as an over-rated economist and under-rated politician when, in fact, it is only half true,” chuckled Dr. Singh.
However, 10, Janpath has taken a more benign view. According to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson issued the following statement on behalf of Congress President Sonia Gandhi: “Since 2004, Dr. Singh’s standing instructions have been to do as little as possible while keeping the seat warm for when Sri Rahul Gandhi plucks up the courage to assume the position that is his by dynastic right. In this regard, we would say that Dr. Singh has not only achieved, he has possibly overachieved by a tad, to the point where we wish he would actually do something until Rahul-ji makes up his mind.”
The Unreal Times readers know that such articles are incomplete unless they feature quotes from the one and only Diggy. So here is what the great man had to say: “We thought only social media was dominated by Internet Hindus but it seems so is Western mainstream media. TIME editor Richard Stengelji’s RSS links must be thoroughly probed.”
(Inspired by this excellent piece in India Real Time)