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Ask Prabhu

Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 years in journalism during which time he has headed The India Today group and The Indian Express as Editor, Chawla has witnessed and recorded dramatic changes in Indian democracy — from the trauma of the Emergency, the pathos of Rajiv Gandhi's rise and fall and the angst of Mandal to the churning of liberalisation and the rise of coalition politics.

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Badri Narayanan P

cheenai 13-02-2018

Q: I eagerly read your critical comments on B-18 wherein you didn't miss to indicate inter alia the weak channels of bureaucracy through which the programs and funds have to pass for final expression in results. The bureaucracy-political-corporate nexus has been so strong down the decades that the Development model incorporating a 'clean corruption free govt' is no good news for the cadres in administration. We find that corruption news is actually getting increased especially at higher levels, in critical sectors in particular. With such a leaky structure, it is too much to expect the budget to reach its expected outcome. Our (non political citizens) faith in Modi is waning slowly going by feeble support to his approach even by his party stalwarts (no senior leader like Advaniji or Joshiji for go for his support against acrimonious criticisms of opposition) and the tireless chaos created by the UPA -leftist combine to disrupt harmony and stifle smooth administration at all levels. Perhaps the 2019 elections would set the tone for better days, if the people allow the Development oriented planning under Modi to continue.

A: You haven’t asked any question. You have given a long opinion on current politics. But the current situation is not that simple as you think. E-19 is going to be a very tough fight between Modi on one hand others including some from his own party on the other.

Shankar Rao

Bengaluru 13-02-2018

Q: Why did BJP lose Bypolls in Rajasthan? Was Padmvat film controversy responsible for a whitewash of BJP in the bypolls?

A: Padvaat played only a marginal role in Rajasthan elections. The state government has lost touch with its own workers and even ordinary people. State government reflects arrogance and ignores criticism form even those who are their friends.

Samudra

uk 13-02-2018

Q: Sir How do early simultaneous assembly and general elections help BJP maintain a majority in Lok Sabha and increase numbers in the upper house as being predicted by few journalists. BJP stands to lose numbers early if they lose states that go for elections in general elections. Moreover, it will be a challenge for BJP to win the states it currently rules in view of dissatisfaction and rebel in various quarters of the society and perceived misgovernance. Regards Samudra

A: The BJP leaders feel that Prime Minister Modi will be able to win state assemblies along with the Lok Sabha elections. You must have seen it is Modi only who is fighting in every state. He is the first Prime Minister who campaigning lie a Chief Minister in an assembly election.

Shankar Rao

Bengaluru 13-02-2018

Q: Whether BJP will be able to win 2019 LS Polls after SS and TDP having second thoughts to continue to allign with BJP notwithstanding disunity amongst the Opposition?

A: If both SS and TDP ditch the BJP, the ruling party will face a big problem. Don’t forget, even the most popular Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost elections in 2004 because most of its state allies were forced to quit NDA.

Shailendra

Vizag 31-01-2018

Q: I would like to ask a few things before the budget: 1. Do you think income tax exemption limit should be increased to 5 lacs 2. Also do you think, new tax slab should be introduced as a part of new India 3. Selling pakora, tea is a job creation by current government, how do you justify this 4. GST implementation and Stability, when we can expect GST means Good and Simple tax. Right now the situation is different. 5. Do you think general election 2019 is a cake walk for this govt.

A: 1. Yes, there is need for upward revision for a lower slab. It should be at least Rs 5 lakh. If there is no tax on the income earned by selling shares after one year why should there be any tax on genuine income? 2. It is not a question of Old or New India. It relates to issue of equitable distribution of wealth. Why should be lower and middle class persons be taxed heavily and rich be given subsidies and incentives? 3. Yes, it is self employment like a barber shop or an iron smith or even a plumber. But is not a job created through the policies of the government. Most of those who sell Pakodas on the roadside are forced to do so because they couldn't get any formal job. 4. It has been the most painful policy of the government which was badly implemented by the Finance Ministry. 5. No. The walk will be full of road blocks.