he media of India is divided into three parts — one is the secular media with leftist ideology and one is the right-wing media, and the third one is the neutral and somewhat honest media which follows no ideology, political party, or leaders but the profession of journalism, they are harsh and make the government accountable for all that they failed to deliver. They do not even hesitate when it comes to standing by the truth or praising any party or leader if they behave or conduct democratically in the welfare of the nation. The other two have selective targets to attack and ignore the good side of their targets. Well, this is the media of today. But being the Prime Minister of the largest democracy, the PM should have the guts and openness to address press conferences. There would be awkward moments and also many challenges because all will not be like Modi follower media who has taken an oath to please the government and Modi.
The questions can be uncomfortable, there can be most unreasonable journo throwing all sorts of questions, but the PM of this country needs the guts to take these questions on an open platform called a press conference. Moreover, there are thousands of media houses and banners in India which are active in their own province and social media space — the PM can’t afford to ignore them as these collective small voices make a larger impact. I, as a small newspaper Editor, always had questions in my mind for the Prime Minister. There are many citizens like me, who perhaps want to pose their questions through the media, but interaction is the only way. The Prime Minister talks his mind, his views, his opinion, his fake pre-planned interactive sessions with people trained to speak — we have witnessed many such examples in the recent past where some journalists had to lose their job for exposing the false claims of the PM. As I told, there are other sides of the journalists who deliberately make it obvious to attack on the PM proving him wrong on each and every issue. They blame him for over pouring rains too, hot summer, or sometimes if a dog of a particular community stoned by another community — they expect the PM to comment on such incidence because they feel it’s communal violence but never try to address these issues as there are personal rivalry or some other apprehensions.
Well, here I have many questions as a neutral person and an unbiased journalist for PM Modi and as a representative of the Parallel Media hoping to receive my answers by some or the other means. I am neither a supporter of AAP nor Congress. I prefer NOTA when I don’t find any capable candidate. But as I vote, I do have the right to ask questions.
- When are you going to address a mass press conference in India?
- Petrol and Diesel prices are getting reduced internationally but not in India. Why? (The Indian government has increased tax by 300 per cent in the last three years). Whereas, you, as the CM of Gujarat and the Opposition party leader, always attacked the UPA on fuel prices.
- Did you consider the unorganised sector during demonetisation?
- What made you change your stand on GST? BJP was against it when they were in the Opposition. Especially you were very much vocal objecting the idea.
- BJP gave tickets to a lot of thugs and allowed all the corrupt politicians of the rival parties in BJP, especially Congress! How do you look at this?
- Don’t you think that BJP still has a leadership challenge as no one thinks beyond Modi? Who’s there to lead after you?
- When will BJP talk about their merits and work they have done? And when will they stop giving lame reasons like Congress did more damage to the country in the last 70 years?
- What are your views on the BJP IT cell?
- What is so different in the Party with Difference?
- What are your views on Yogi Adityanath’s history of hate speech, communal division, and charges of riots, murder, and arson against the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an organisation he founded?
- When will the Government of India table the bill for Uniform Civil Code in the Parliament which you and your party always endorsed and promised to bring?
- When will the caste-based reservation system change to the economic-based reservation?
- When will India hold simultaneous Centre and State elections?
- Which economic model will India follow in future — Capitalist or Socialist?
- When will you appoint Lokpal?
- What is the future of India in Infrastructure and Manufacturing sector? Can we compete with China in terms of world trade?
- When will the Government of India update the cyber laws?
- What are the steps taken by the Government of India to regularise the informal employment sector?
- Is India capable of following COP21 agreement?
- Whom do you think is fit to lead India if you were not the Prime Minister of the country?
- When the Right to Life is a fundamental right, then Why the Right to Health is not a fundamental right? Doesn’t Right to Life lose its significance without Right to Health?
- At what age do you think one should start drinking tea?
- Did IT infrastructure improve so much in the last three years that GST would be successful?
- If Demonetisation is a masterstroke, why the RBI is shying away from disclosing the quantum of currency returned? Why is every RTI application related to this so-called reform being turned down by citing security issues? Do citizens not have the right to know?
- You took demonetisation decision without keeping anyone in the loop, even the Parliament. But why do you need a consensus of the political parties when it comes to transparency in the political funding?
- You promised a crore of jobs per year while the reality is that the UPA was better in generating jobs than your government. If this is the new normal, how will India even survive in the long run?
- If you are keen on eradicating black money, why political parties haven’t been brought under the RTI? Why aren’t they required to disclose their source of funding? Why are there 1,900 political parties in the arena but merely 50 of them fighting elections? Are these defunct political parties used to channelise black money into the system?
- You claim your government to be scam-free one in the absence of an independent investigating agency. In such a situation to pat your back without Lokpal is entirely hogwash.
- You appealed for sacrificing subsidy on certain parameters thereby contributing in nation building process. Did you appeal the same to your fellow parliamentarians to sacrifice subsidy provided in various fields? Is this only citizen’s responsibility and not of lawmakers’ to sacrifice for the nation?
- When can we see the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and the Kashmiri Pandits back to their home from the transit camps?
There are hundreds of questions I have in my mind but at this time, these are my major concerns! And I hope you read and reply to them and even if I don’t receive a reply, I know I have the NOTA to practice as per the Constitution.
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