The Indian government is “dead serious” about addressing corruption in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a rare press conference where he also told news media to strop disparaging India. Singh’s remarks come in the heels of a satirical cartoon published in India portraying him on top of a sinking ship representing his government, the Washington Post reports.
“The impression has gone round that we are a scam-driven country and that nothing good is happening in our country,” the prime minster said. “In the process, willy-nilly, I think we are weakening the self-confidence of the people of India.”
Meantime, India is set to host ministers and envoys from 48 of the world’s least developed countries to extend more foreign aid in a bid to push South-South cooperation. This is reportedly part of the country’s campaign to secure support when it submits its candidacy for a U.N. Security Council permanent seat, the Times of India says.