23 December 2011: The Congress party and the UPA-2 government it leads display at one and the same time terrible and venal flaws. While being a weak coalition government with a weak prime minister, UPA-2 exhibits authoritarian tendencies in the way it crushes public protests (the Anna Hazare and Ramdev agitations) and imposes economic (FDI-in-retail) and strategic policy decisions (Indo-US nuclear deal) on an unwilling country.