It could be argued that the Prime Minister was not the real leader but that power was concentrated with the Congress President and the Family. But the PM should have known better. If he saw the 2009 victory as a vindication of himself over the past years, he could have laid out the operating rules for UPA 2.
That of course would have been too much to expect. But what about the Family? They who treat the country as a fiefdom to be passed from generation to generation, could have done more. Why has so much time been wasted? Why did they abdicate their responsibility of governance? And why have we as a people so willingly acquiesced?
History will see this period as the time when India lost its best opportunities for rapid development. With the world economies in trouble, global capital could have come to India and spurred the kind of infrastructure creation that we are astonished to see in China. In just five years, India could have been transformed.
UPA 2 has had its opportunities which it has squandered. Whether we like it or not, we are only half-way to the next general elections. So, we better think hard on what we can do to improve the situation, lest the damage becomes irreversible. After all, we also live here.