Former prime minister Manmohan Singh
has been silent since his riveting speech on demonetisation in Parliament last November; so guests awaited eagerly for him to speak at a book release function in the capital on Monday. He spoke, but only in praise of Raj Kapila, a late economist in whose honour his wife Uma Kapila, also an economist, edited the book. Singh had released another book, edited by Rakesh Mohan, last month but did not utter a word. As Singh completed his address and stepped down from the dais, somebody in audience said MMS remained silent on the burning issues of the economy, while the book release function schedule specifically mentioned that he would address the audience. Another remarked that he did address, though he did not say what we wanted to hear.