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14th and current Prime Minister of India


Manmohan Singh is the first Indian Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term. Earlier, during his tenure as the Finance Minister from 1991 to 1996, Singh was widely credited for carrying out economic reforms in India in 1991 which resulted in the end of the infamous Licence Raj system.

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 Raja said auctions are not the way forward for the 2G spectrum. He was clear that he should stay with existing approach. Pricing and location of spectrum was to be settled between ministry of finance and telecom department. If the MoF and telecom ministry agreed, I decided not to intervene and did not feel in a position to insist auctions should exist, 
— Manmohan Singh on the 2G Spectrum scam / February 16, 2011
 I cannot divulge why Raja was inducted into cabinet. In a coalition government you can suggest preferences, but you have to go by what the leader of that coalition partner suggests. 
— Manmohan Singh when asked why he decided to re-induct A Raja into the cabinet / February 16, 2011
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 I had no reason to feel that anything seriously wrong had been done or that I had the authority to object to Raja's induction. Complaints were coming from all sides -- from companies, which had not benefited. I was not in a position to make up my mind if anything was seriously wrong. 
— Manmohan Singh when asked why he decided to re-induct A Raja into the cabinet / February 16, 2011
 I am not afraid of appearing before any Committee, including JPC, I will be quite happy to appear before any committee. I never felt like resigning, I have a job to do. I never thought of giving up half-way. 
— Manmohan Singh when asked if the Government is ready for a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum scam / February 16, 2011
 Media had played a very important role in drawing the country's attention to issues requiring corrective action. The media have drawn the country's attention to some aberrations in allocation of 2G spectrum, the Commonwealth Games and more recently some developments in the space organisation and Adarsh society affairs. 
— Manmohan Singh lauding media's role / February 16, 2011

 We should not do anything to shake the self confidence of the people. 
— Manmohan Singh / February 16, 2011
 I am deeply honoured to inaugurate this exhibition of one of the world’s foremost cultural personalities...The Visva-Bharati, the Ministry of Culture and the NGMA are working together on a grand exhibition of Tagore’s paintings in Paris next year. This will mark his 150th birth anniversary in the very city where he displayed his art for the first time in 1930, before a discerning and appreciative audience, 
— Manmohan Singh saying the events to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore will befit the legacy of the Nobel laureate / May 09, 2010