Thought of sharing my views on some points from recent interviews given by three important persons. In two cases viz in interviews of Narendra Modi and Sarbananda Sonowal, the interviewees defended themselves on their performances while in the third case the veteran congressman P Chidambaram presented a rebuttal.
His eloquence continues to be excellent. The interview was like another format of his “Mann Ki Baat”. The interviewer from the government friendly media house was exceptionally soft. Even a gullible person like me was not convinced on Modi’s explanation on job creation and private investment. The Prime Minister talked about Mudra Loan and that his government is allowing all businesses to work round the clock. He says that both the measures create jobs. Similarly private investment is not gaining momentum as the previous UPA regime ruined the economy , the Prime Minister asserts.
Mudra Loan existed in the past under a different name. True that the Government pressurized PSU banks to liberally disburse Mudra Loans. But banks facing severe NPA crises obviously followed its established criteria to sanction loans. If Mudra Loans create jobs the Prime Minister would have been proudly talking about job creation data for the last two years.
Businesses should work round the clock. But they would do so only if there is profit in the prevailing demand/supply matrix. No business would work round the clock to create jobs.
Blaming the previous government after being in office for over two years is the most surprising thing. We were ready to hear and accept ideas like global economic recession and Brexit !
Could not completely see the interview due to family commitments. Heard him talking about the porous Indo-Bangla Border and the need to seal it. The current Chief Minister of Assam is a specialist on the subject and he has been fighting all along on this issue. But I was surprised to hear that the border continues to be porous even today.
Guarding and sealing an international border is the responsibility of the central government. Assuming Congress as a pro immigration party we have to admit that even the BJP has been in power in Delhi for a reasonably long period. The current BJP government in Delhi is more than two years old. Could not understand why Indo-Bangla border continues to be porous.
The articulate congressman avoided any harsh word like “match box”. He naturally defended the economic policies of the previous UPA governments and also appreciated the current government for carrying on UPA initiatives like MNREGA and AADHAR. Even a direct question on the performance of the current government was avoided by him and like a true congressman Mr. Chidambaram suggested that “ Minorities” , “Dalits” and “Women” may not be safe under the present government!