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In what is being hailed as one of the greatest speeches ever by a head of state to his people, comparable with Churchill’s stirring ‘we will fight them on the beaches’ address to the Parliament in 1940 and Pt. Nehru’s famous ‘freedom at midnight-speech’ discourse on the eve of India’s independence, Dr. Manmohan Singh stunned the nation by tearing up his prepared text and instead staring back at the crowd in extempore silence for the next 30 minutes from the ramparts of Red Fort during his address to the nation on India’s 66th Independence day.
Dr. Singh said he was sick and tired of delivering the same worn, hackneyed phrases for the 8th time in a row and for a change wanted to be completely candid about his plans for the nation for the next two years. “I read through the speech prepared by a feckless PMO bureaucrat and wondered if it was worth subjecting the nation to another 30 minutes of this BS, thereby triggering a spike in already high cynicism levels. So I decided to simply say nothing,” recalled the PM later while speaking to The Unreal Times.
The PM’s refreshing departure from making tall promises and customary references to eradicating disease and poverty has been welcomed by all quarters. Said senior citizen Pramod Limaye, “Mindblowing man. For the first time since 1947, this PM has said something so original and refreshing.”
Perhaps the greatest praise has come from one of India’s greatest orators, none other than former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee. “My great contribution to stirring oratory was the innovation of strategic pauses between sentences but Manmohanji has taken it to the next level by delivering one long uninterrupted pause. A sheer stroke of oratorical genius that has raised the bar for statesmen the world over,” gushed the veteran BJP leader.