If you have a sense of deja vu reading the title of this post, don’t worry. That appears to be most apt description of the man (and I use the word loosely), with each new multi-lakh crore scam coming out in the open.
Why does he shield the utterly corrupt? Charles de Gaulle had said that, “in politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate.” That does not apply in Dr Manmohan Singh’s case. He is not answerable to the electorate since he is not elected. He is a puppet installed by the Italian-born chairperson of the UPA, Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi. In his defense, he may paraphrase de Gaulle and say, “in politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the one person at whose pleasure I serve as the appointed prime minister. I prefer to betray the country.”
Dr Manmohan Singh betrays the country because he cannot afford to betray Antonia Maino. Betraying his boss will cause him to lose his job; betraying the country causes immense harm to millions but he will not lose any sleep on that. Not having a conscience or any moral compunctions affords that advantage to him.