Irony is the constant companion of contradiction. So far Jammu and Kashmir has enjoyed special status under Article 370.
Q: It takes a minimum of ten years to set right the rot of the past. Modi is not for short term haul. Temporary hiccoughs are expected and as you rightly pointed out a Modi is needed in every state. Modi is not allowing any deviations or compromises at top level and it takes some time to percolate to the lower level. Ultimately it will be G.D.P growth poverty alleviation that decides the 2019 results. Is it not premature on the part of Maneka Gandhi to project her son in U.P politics?A: Like many Indian mothers Maneka also gets an occasional son stroke. Varun is brilliant but has to behave like a team player. He has to a get a bit of Gandhi arrogance out of him if he wants to become a leader.Rama Mohana Rao KodaliUSA, 19-09-2014
Q: Why BJP lost in assembly by-polls?A: Because it lacks a good state level organisation. In UP, it didn't have even proper poll strategy.Rahul PandeyToronto, 19-09-2014
Q: When BJP won 70 seats in U.P. during Lok Sabha elections the comments were 'BJP won due to communal polarization'. Now BJP's loss in U.P. by polls is commented as 'BJP lost due to its communal politics'. How is that the communal voters of U.P. became secular within a period of 4 months?A: It is not as simple as you think. BJP won 73 seats UP only because of Modi who himself chose Varanasi for himself. Modi was a polarisation personality and massive majority in UP voted for him and not the party. But during the assembly by polls, there was no leader like the Prime Minister who could polarise the voters around his idea of politics and governance.Achuta BhatBangalore, 19-09-2014
Q: BJP has not done well in By poll elections - results surely fails in comparison to Lok Sabha figures , but does it mean that Government should quit? TV debates on English Channels almost go to that extent! And some Anchors appear to rejoice instead of doing an unbiased job! -- What do you say on the results?A: Modern journalism is meant to give more views than actual news. However, it is also a fact that the BJP lost badly in both UP and Rajasthan which gave the party almost 100 seats. It reflects the weakness in its thinking and cadre connection with local leaders. Indian journalism, by and large is still unbiased.RajaramBengaluru, 19-09-2014
There cannot be a more opportune time for both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi to dust the shelves of history, and pull out the gilded volumes of The Discovery of India written by Nehru.
In the past 100 days, Modi has proved that he can reach out to maximum people with minimum interaction with the media.
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy talks to New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla about the Ram Temple issue, Narendra Modi and his work on Sachchi Baat on India News.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan spoke to The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla on the development and infrastructure in the state, his marketing strategies and Hindutva on Sachchi Baat on India News.