Nainital: Ascribing political motive to the memoirs of Sanjay Baru which claim that Manmohan Singh had little control over his ministers, his Scientific Advisor C N R Rao said the allegation was “baseless” and an attempt to “damage” the Prime Minister's reputation.
Professor Rao questioned the timing of the book launch and said it clearly shows the political motives hidden behind the move at election time.
“The allegation that Manmohan Singh was a weak Prime Minister with little control over his ministers is absolutely baseless.
The book is an attempt to damage Singh's reputation for political mileage,” he said speaking at a function organised here by PAHAR, an academic-cultural organisation to felicitate him for his life time achievements yesterday, Rao also said that India needs to invest in education and health to be reckoned among the countries with maximum contribution to research activities.
“The present investment of 2 per cent of the GDP needs to be enhanced and we need to follow the models of developed countries which allocate around 6 per cent of the GDP to education,” he said.