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Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi joins BJP

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After Hans Raj Hans and on-screen character Sunny Deol, Punjabi artist Daler Mehndi on Friday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, adding more star capacity to the decision party in race season.

Other than Mehndi, Hans Raj Hans’ child Navraj Hans, who is additionally an artist and cricketer joined the gathering.

Association Minister Vijay Goel invited Mehndi into the BJP at the gathering base camp here. Likewise present on the event were Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, artist turned-government official Hans Raj Hans and Delhi BJP boss Manoj Tiwari, all Lok Sabha decision applicants.

In the wake of joining the gathering, Mehndi said he would battle for Hans, who joined the BJP recently. He has been handled from the held North-West Delhi situate supplanting active MP Udit Raj.

Mehndi said that he has no prompt designs for challenging decisions.

Denied ticket, Udit Raj speedily joined the Congress, considering the BJP an “against Dalit” party.

The gathering’s each of the seven Lok Sabha competitors likewise interfaced with the media people over lunch.

Addressing journalists, Tiwari blamed Delhi Chief Minister for spreading lies in the city. He stated, “The Kejriwal government is deluding the general population of the city on the issue of full statehood. Had they worked over the most recent four years, they would not have requested votes for the sake of statehood.”

Featuring the issue of water lack in the city, Tiwari, who is challenging against Congress’ Sheila Dikshit and AAP’s Dilip Pandey, he stated, “The BJP is completely committed to give water supply to every one of the houses in the city.”

BJP’s Chandani Chowk competitor, Harsh Vardhan, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has taken solid choices for the nation, for example, careful strike in 2017, air strikes over the outskirt and mission Shakti, “stays in the hearts of the general population”.

He said that there is a positive wave in the nation. He likewise said that Prime MInister got a few worldwide honors in most recent five years and the whole world realizes that India is changing under his authority.

Cruel Vardhan said the BJP has meant to make the nation free from Maoism, castesim and fear mongering by 2022.

In the interim, party’s New Delhi applicant Meenakshi Lekhi, who is challenging against Congress’ Ajay Maken and AAP’s Brijesh Goyal, said the Opposition is confronting the emergency of issues and subsequently deceiving the general population to stop advancement of the nation.

“Be that as it may, they are as yet ignorant that crores of the residents of the nation have again chosen to give a colossal command to the gathering in 2019 races,” Lekhi said.

South Delhi’s BJP hopeful Ramesh Bidhuri expressed gratitude toward the gathering for resting confidence in him again and said that regardless of whether adversaries attempted their best by spreading lies, the general population of the nation would bolster Modi for his patriot sees.

Assaulting Kejriwal, Bidhuri, who is confronting Congress’ hopeful fighter Vijender Singh and AAP’s Raghav Chadha stated, “From Ramleela maidan Kejriwal had said that in the event that defilement blends with legislative issues, at that point change governmental issues. However at this point his gathering and pioneers have risen as generally degenerate.”

Cricketer-turned-government official, Gautam Gambhir, who is challenging against AAP’s Atishi Marlena and Congress’ Aravinder Lovely, said he joined legislative issues after he was inspired by the world’s greatest gathering’s belief system. He stated, “Modi has worked constant for the nation over the most recent five years.

“While playing for the nation, I constantly endeavored to take the nation forward. Notwithstanding new in legislative issues, I need the general population of Delhi to demonstrate a similar warmth as in 2014,” he said.

Hans, who is handled from North-West Delhi against Congress’ Rajesh Lilothia and AAP’s Gugan Singh, said the ubiquity of Modi is unmistakable all over the place. “Today India is among five quickest developing economies of the world. Was it the case before 2014 when the updates on tricks gouged the nation’s picture?” he inquired.

The decisions in Delhi are booked on May 12 in the 6th stage. The BJP had won all the seven seats from the national capital in 2014.

Adityanath’s chopper denied permission to land in Balurghat: BJP

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The BJP on Sunday accused the West Bengal government of denying permission to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s helicopter to land here.

Adityanath was scheduled to address two rallies at Balurghat in Dakshin Dinajpur district and Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur district.

Activists and supporters of the saffron party protested outside District Magistrate A.D.P. Palraj’s office at Balurghat. 

According to district BJP leaders, the party had been trying to secure the permission besides making alternative arrangements so that Adiyanath could address the rally here.

According to them, they had filed for the requisite permission well in advance but were told at the last minute that a final decision was yet to be taken on the matter.

Describing the incident as yet another glaring example of “undeclared Emergency” in the state, BJP national Secretary Rahul Sinha demanded immediate suspension of the District Magistrate.

“This is a glaring example of an undeclared Emergency in West Bengal. How can you treat the Chief Minister of another state in this way? The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is a guest in Bengal.

“The culture of Bengal is to extend all courtesies to the guests. But in this case they have refused permission for his chopper to land. Nothing can be more indecent. This only shows how much the Trinamool is scared of BJP’s progress in Bengal,” he said.

This is the second recent instance a controversy has erupted over the denial of permission for facilitating the landing of helicopters carrying BJP bigwigs, who have been holding public meetings across the state as part of the BJP’s blitzkrieg in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

On January 22, the district administration had denied permission for BJP President Amit Shah’s chopper to land in Malda district, citing that the ground was not ready.

Later, the state BJP unit obtained permission to land the chopper at two places — the helipad in Malda’s Golden Park Hotel and the helipad used by the Border Security Force in the district — and Shah duly addressed the rally.


‘PM Narendra Modi’ media screenings cancelled

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A press meet in Nagpur and media screenings of the movie “PM Narendra Modi” in Delhi and Mumbai were cancelled on Wednesday as the Election Commission stopped the biopic’s release, till the conclusion of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The film was scheduled to hit the screens on Thursday.

The poll panel ruled any material that disturbs a level-playing field should not be displayed.

The EC said any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate for furtherance of electoral prospect directly or indirectly, shall not be put to display in the electronic media in the areas where model code of conduct is in force.

Vivek Anand Oberoi was in Nagpur to hold a media meet at the press club on the film, which traces Modi’s life from his humble beginnings to the post of the Prime Minister. The film’s publicity team also informed the media of cancellation of press shows.

Makers of “PM Narendra Modi” are yet to make a statement on the EC decision.

The EC decision has come just a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking a stay on the release of the Vivek Anand Oberoi-starrer and put the ball in the EC’s court.

For BJP, election starts now

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For the decision BJP, the general race of 2019 kicks off at this point. This is the place the BJP takes the blade to the jail yard battle, for in 2014, it won 161 of the 240 seats on view. As center and north India goes to the surveys throughout the following four stages, the BJP’s purpose gets encouraged further for it realizes that to hold control, it needs to change over these seats into triumphs.

In 2014, even as the BJP won 161 seats, Trinamool Congress won 30 and the Congress won nine while the rest were shared by the fragment parties.

Envision the BJP’s all out count of 282, the last four stages contributed the steroid built 161 seats. Be that as it may, in a straight battle in numerous bodies electorate, the Congress came next in 96 while the BSP came number 2 out of 20, SP in 18, RJD in 17 and CPI(M) in 22. In any case, there is each probability that 2019 will observer a change for while the BJP will attempt and cut a bigger offer of seats for itself, the Congress, RJD, BSP and SP too will attempt and make advances into BJP domains.

Modi, from multiple points of view a human metronome, has been perseveringly expecting the job of a hegemon in Indian nation, his faction is the special case that issues, overwhelming as he walks forward like a Colossus. Since 2014, notwithstanding the switches in Bihar and Delhi till the ongoing misfortunes in the three conditions of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, he has taken the BJP to the total apex of unparalleled influence. Modi’s own value has not endured regardless of Notebandi and Gabbar Singh Tax or broad rustic trouble as his rival Rahul Gandhi pounces upon him freely from pit stop to pit stop.

From multiple points of view, the BJP has expected the job of an overwhelming political power under his stewardship, one that is reminiscent of Mrs Gandhi’s Congress in the mid 1970s.

Closer investigation of the 2014 race information will uncover that the BJP’s seats originated from eight states in north-focal India which represented 75 percent of its parliamentary count. With the Hindu vote combining behind Modi following quite a while of minorityism and pacification, the BJP and its partners won 104 out of 120 seats in the crowded Hindi heartland conditions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Ordinarily, the states are viewed as divided, multi-party states dissimilar to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, or Rajasthan, which highlight bipolar challenge between the Congress and the BJP.

In both Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, incredible local chieftains dependably run head to head with the Big Two. Modi’s avalanche penniless that political analytics and revamped another power algo.

Further, the BJP increase its essence in India’s northeastern states – comprising of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura – where it has customarily had a humble nearness. In 2014, the BJP earned a normal vote offer of 28 percent in these states, indenting eight seats (out of 25 on offer). Contrasted with the past race in 2009, the BJP multiplied the two its vote and seat shares.

Two decades back, the Congress earned 40 percent of the vote and held 13 situates in this area; in 2014, its offer had dwindled to 30 percent and eight seats (practically indistinguishable to the BJP’s position). In the coming days, Modi’s Hindu ‘asmita’ of bullheadedness factor will be a vote catcher, for this recently obtained machismo with a solid undercurrent of Hindu patriotism and poplulist improvement can be the differentiator. Under Modi’s strategic maneuver an unmistakable foundational factional tilt has been seen with the Hindu vote accumulating behind him breaking the station faultlines that typically exist in Indian governmental issues. Thus, while the BJP is required to miss the mark regarding a straightforward lion’s share without anyone else, it should draw in with provincial managers to build another conservative alliance, one that should be all the more obliging of their yearnings and aspirations.

The separate on the following four stages is as per the following:

Stage 4 – 71 seats – BJP 45, Trinamool 6, Congress 2, LJP 2

Stage 5 – 51 seats – BJP 39, Trinamool 7, Cong 2

Stage 6 – 59 seats – BJP 44, Trinamool 8, Cong 2

Stage 7 – 59 seats – BJP 33, Cong 3, SAD 4, Trinamool 9

In the event that one returns to the jousts of 2014 when the Modi tsunami smashed all enemies, there were a few close challenges as well. Give us a chance to begin with Bihar and Nalanda where Kaushlendra Kumar of JD(U) vanquished LJP’s Satyanand Sharma just barely of 9,627 votes, in Hoshiarpur SC situate BJP’s Vijay Sampla crushed Congress’ Mohinder Singh Kaypee by 13,582 votes.

By chance, Sampla has not been given a ticket once more. Additionally, from Anandpur Sahib SAD’s Prem Singh Chandumajra vanquished Congress overwhelming hitter Ambika Soni by just 23,697 votes. Once more, remaining with Punjab in Bathinda Harsimarat Kaur Badal beat Manpreet Singh Badal of the Congress by 19,395 votes. What’s more, AAP’s Dharamvira Gandhi vanquished sitting Union Minister Preneet Kaur by 20,942 votes in Patiala. Punjab saw another tight challenge in Ferozpur where SAD’s Sher Singh Ghubaya beat Sunil Jakhar of the Congress by 31,420. This time, the Congress is relied upon to improve in Punjab and turn around the trendline of 2014 under CM Capt Amrinder Singh.

From Ghazipur, UP Manoj Sinha of the BJP vanquished SP’s Shivkanya Kushwaha by 32,452 votes. IN UP, as the needle moves towards the eastern piece of UP – Purvanchal, the BJP is relied upon to improve. From Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana in the north to Rajasthan in the west and Delhi in the inside and UP, Bihar, MP and Jharkhand amidst India, the BJP was electrifies under the enlivened authority of Narendra Modi to unleash devastation on the resistance.

In a multi-staged race of this extent, the decision party dependably has leverage, all the more so on the off chance that it has an appealling pioneer like Modi who can support his crusade by reviving each and every stage. This is valid for 2014, and however 2019 may see a disintegration in the huge number of 161 out of 240, the BJP is relied upon to catch the greater part out of the 240.

In Bihar through a collusion and in UP it cleared the states, same in Himachal, Delhi and Rajasthan where it blanked the restriction, Madhya Pradesh where it lost just two seats, Maharashtra where its alliance with Shiv Sena was exceptional. Indeed, even in customary bastions of the Congress like Haryana and Assam, it figured out how to rupture the protections. The last four stages are the BJP’s to lose and keeping in mind that the Congress is required to wear down BJP in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, MP and Jharkhand, the BJP may well utilize its polarizing effort in Bengal and even Odisha to make surprising additions.

It should not be forgiven and forgotten: Vicky Kaushal on Pulwama attack

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Bollywood on-screen character Vicky Kaushal has denounced the February 14 Pulwama dread assault in which something like 49 CRPF troopers lost their lives. The performing artist portrayed the scene as “pitiful”.

In his most recent discharge “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, Vicky assumed the job of a military officer. He got a ton of recognition from the group of onlookers for his execution in the film.

“It is an incredible loss of human lives. In the event that in any conceivable way, we can bolster the group of saints, it would be an incredible commitment from our end, as a general public. The entire episode ought not be excused and overlooked,” he told the media on Saturday.

The on-screen character made the comments on the sidelines of the last day of Act Fest, sorted out by Cine and TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) and the 48 Hour Film Project.

Performing artist Kubra Sait additionally censured the assault and encouraged individuals to be thoughtful towards humankind.

“The film crew is meeting up to state that what happened is wrong… it is amazingly deplorable and stunning.

“I won’t bolster psychological oppression in any capacity particularly when fear mongering is faked in the cover of confidence. I’m not someone who consents to this. I think the opportunity has already come and gone that people began cherishing each other with consideration with deference and just with affection,” she said.

In the interim, discussing the Act Fest, Vicky stated: “This is an incredible activity where performing artists of various ages are meeting up to commend films and the craft of acting. We for the most part observe celebrations of movies yet this is extraordinary to see a social occasion started by the performers for the on-screen characters.”

“Normally with regards to performing artists like us, we connect with CINTAA at whatever point we are stuck in an unfortunate situation, yet this time we have met up for festivity,” the “Masaan” performer said.

Modi releases 5th volume of Dictionary of Martyrs

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday discharged the fifth volume of the “Lexicon of Martyrs – India’s Freedom Struggle” ordered by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR).

The venture for incorporating the arrangement was charged to the ICHR by the Ministry of Culture to celebrate the 150th commemoration of the War of Independence of 1857.

Talking on the event, Modi stated: “The exertion of the administration is to support and review the fearless deeds of the saints of our opportunity battle. This will affect the who and what is to come and rouse them to consider ‘India First’.”

In the wake of discharging the book at his living arrangement here, Modi said the five-volume lexicon contained a record of the saints from India’s First War of Independence in 1857 till the year 1947.

The Prime Minister said that a country which does not respect and recollect the individuals who are a vital piece of its history frequently does not have a protected future.

“This exertion isn’t only an approach to treasure the past, yet additionally an approach to verify the future,” Modi stated, including that the adolescent ought to be attempted.

The Prime Minister said the word reference incorporates the saints of the Jallianwala Bagh slaughter, the non-participation development and the Quit India development. Warriors of the Azad Hind Fauj who achieved affliction have likewise been incorporated into the word reference.

Association Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma was available on the event.

Teachers Day Images

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Teacher’s day is celebrated in India to pay tribute to all the teachers out there. On a teacher’s day, in almost every school, a function is held where the students pay respect to teachers by providing them with memorials and many other things. At last a cricket match is played in the school premises to end the ceremonial matter. But the preparation of teacher’s day begins a month prior to the date. Students try their sweat out to make the teachers day ceremony look better. On the day prior to the teacher’s day, students decorate their classes too. While decorating the classes you can use the happy teachers day images too. Teachers Day images in Hindi and English languages are very useful while you decorate your classroom as you can use them in your decoration too. You can also share them with your friends. They are readily available on the internet. Share lovely HD pictures with your best teacher or any other tutor and express yours students feelings that how much you respect them, here also we’ve added Shikshak Diwas Wishes Images in Hindi, हैप्पी टीचर्स डे इमेज शायरी और कोट्स, शिक्षक दिवस फोटो etc. You can use these hd teacher day images for desktop wallpaper or whatsapp dp images.
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Masood Azhar and China veto: What Modi can do now

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Masood Azhar is a perilous name. A worldwide fear based oppressor of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) under the UN Resolution 1267.

The proposition to list Azhar was started by the US and the UK among different individuals from the UN Security Council. In any case, China has by and by exasperates the entire procedure, making it the fourth time over the most recent couple of years that China put a specialized hang on the posting of Masood Azhar. A fascinating feature of this is China has never straightforwardly upheld him. They can’t and to date, China has never said that Azhar isn’t a fear monger. Anyway, what precisely has China done? India sent proof to all UNSC individuals, and even the US was persuaded. However, China emphasized that there was insufficient proof – a specialized obstacle.

Last Thursday, at midnight, the UNSC meeting occurred and before that on Wednesday I got a chance to address Union Minister Sushma Swaraj at an occasion at Teen Murti in Delhi. I found that she was not anticipating China’s help in that gathering.

In any case, regardless of the normal Chinese veto, I believe that this time India has had the capacity to disengage Pakistan all around and Pakistan, however China has likewise been estranged because of the global weight in the Masood Azhar issue. Prior, India would propose the activity and others would bolster. This time, India was not in any case a co-support. This time the proposition was moved by different individuals from the P5-club and many different nations, including the African countries and nations in South Asia like Bangladesh.

I believe this is a splendid key move of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This time, the issue was not only that of India versus Pakistan. By not getting engaged with the co-sponsorship, India kept away from the reciprocal ism and subsequently, presently, it is China, who is giving the veto against the global network on a fear issue. Besides, after the Pulwama assault on February 20, inside seven days, that is on February 27, the UNSC moved Article 1267 on Masson, which is likewise quicker than prior event. At the point when the Uri occurrence occurred, Jaish never assumed praise formally. Be that as it may, this time they did and the reason with respect to why they did as such is an issue for discrete examination and elucidation.

Jaish was neglecting to enlist Kashmiri Muslims, so they are additionally losing their ground in Kashmir. In any case, this case really put the Pakistan foundation stuck in an unfortunate situation. After every single Pakistani priest had said that Masood Azhar was in Pakistan and under medicinal treatment – so what other proof do you need?

However, there are few key exercises here for India. The job of China is currently one that we have to reassess. The primary inquiry is the reason precisely did China do this? China has done it for their companionship with Pakistan as well as, I think, to check India’s developing political proactive emphaticness. China is doing this to adjust the sizes of intensity tact and give a message to India.

At the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) summit in 2018, it consented to the dark posting of Pakistan as an end-result of being offered a bad habit administration of the intergovernmental body. India didn’t give any comparable counter idea to make in return for Masood Azhar’s posting. In future, it perhaps Tibet, Taiwan or Xinjang or on the monetary exchange front. We need to give some positive feeling to the Chinese specialists, since China likewise has its own developing issue. North Korea is attempting to move out from the shadows of Beijing and Australia and has started the open analysis of China in its local zone. So this may be the opportune time for Prime Minister Modi to be progressively proactive on the subsequent weight on the Chinese government.

At the present time, Modi is following three procedures:

Right off the bat, through different nations, he is putting weight on China on the Masood Azhar issue. As of now, the French have declared that they will connect the different properties of JEM and Azhar.

Furthermore, knowing completely well that Imran Khan isn’t in a situation to do much and that he is altogether under the control of the Army, India needs to raise the issue of expulsion of Masood over and over. As of now, Arun Jaitley and Swaraj have said that in the event that Imran Khan is, for sure, against dread then for what reason is he not prepared to hand over Azhar.

Thirdly, A solid lawful contention can be made that focusing on a person who is a functioning individual from an association that has occupied with a rough clash with one’s own state is a demonstration of self preservation – and is reasonable under Article 51 of the UN contract. This is particularly conceivable on the off chance that it very well may be shown that the individual should have been focused on the grounds that the express that he is dwelling under is reluctant or helpless to keep that individual from completing assaults on one’s state. The lawful contention for making such a semi-spread move would be more grounded against Masood, on the off chance that it could be demonstrated that the focused on individual was intending to lead more assaults. After Pulwama, Jaish said so and accordingly, India can request this to the UNSC.

So while focusing on Masood Azhar is an alternative that India is investigating, in attempting to characterize him as an authentic target, it is clearly testing. Inadvertent blow-back, or the passing of regular citizens or if a proposed target isn’t there or there is some other issue – at that point this could be increasingly counterproductive. At that point, China, yet the help from nations would likewise disperse because of the misfortune.

The US prevailing with regards to focusing on Osama receptacle Laden. Israel has done it on a few events in Gaza. However, after the Mumbai assaults in India, the-then NSA M.K. Narayanan was not for this India-US style spread and confined strike. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval needs to complete such a task, however this administration needs explicit data and the correct planning to act, alongside worldwide help. This is anything but difficult to state for a columnist like me, yet not unreasonably simple to do on the ground.

For the present, the strategic acceleration against Masood Azhar is on.

Takes hundreds of scratches for one song to materialise in Bollywood: Abhay Jodhpurkar

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After making his Bollywood debut with a “dream” project, starring Shah Rukh Khan, last year, another of singer Abhay Jodhpurkar’s Bollywood songs is now out.

He says getting these films was not easy as in the past, he has been replaced by “big names” like Arijit Singh and Sonu Nigam. He has no regrets though as he feels that all newcomers have to go through it and that it takes hundreds of scratches for one song to materialise. 

“I had done a lot of scratches while I was travelling to Mumbai (from Chennai where he was studying). I had done songs in the past which were supposed to release in my voice. Unfortunately, they couldn’t release as the films’ producers wanted big names or music labels wanted Arijit or Sonu Nigam. My voice has been replaced several times, but it’s okay,” Abhay told IANS in a telephonic interview.

“I guess that’s how it is supposed to be. That’s how the journey of a newcomer happens in Bollywood. It takes hundreds of scratches for one song to materialise. Everyone has gone through it and I have no regrets,” he added.

“Mere naam tu”, which featured in SRK-starrer “Zero”, had instantly become a hit. He teamed up with music maestro A.R. Rahman and singer Arjun Chandy for “Wako naam Fakir” from the forthcoming film “The Fakir of Venice”, starring Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor.

Abhay is new in Bollywood, but is a known name in south Indian film industry. He has worked in south Indian films like “Kadal”, “Jomonte Suvisheshangal” and “Koode”.

“I didn’t have an agenda per se when it came to playback singing. I was always passionate about music and just learn it for the love of it, but I never thought that I would have a playback singing career,” he said.

Things changed when he moved to Chennai a few years ago for BTech. 

“I was also doing part time music at A.R. Rahman KM Music Conservatory. That was the time when my interest shifted more towards music than academics. I finished my BTech. Ultimately, my calling was Carnatic music or world music,” said Abhay.

Talking about south Indian films, he shared: “It has been a long journey of singing in south Indian films despite me not knowing the languages. It was a challenge.”

He moved to Mumbai in 2017. 

“I thought that ‘Okay, let’s try and make it big in Bollywood because I was getting saturated in south.”

SRK is not the first superstar that he has sung for. He has even lent his voice to movies starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Dulquer Salmaan.

“It is extremely important (to have a superstar starring in the film that he sings in). They give you face value. They are the ones who embody the character of your voice. 

“When SRK is lip-syncing to a tune, it has that power and impact. Having a big star attached to it, has a bigger reach and impact,” he said.


A budget that is good politics and economics rolled into one

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As was expected, the interim Budget presented by Piyush Goyal was not a traditional vote-on-account by any means. Contrary to the election-year convention, a full Budget was introduced by the government to pacify the voters. And it was undoubtedly a successful effort. Howsoever, the scales stood between the BJP and the opposition before Piyush Goyal began his Budget speech, they were tilted in favour of the former by the time he ended. The Budget has managed to appease a majority of the country through its populist leanings.

The two highlights of the Budget were the farm income support scheme doled out by the government and the announcement of the tax rebate for income earners below Rs 5 lakh. The former was targeted at the farmers across the country who had been reeling under an agricultural crisis.

The disappointing performance of the BJP in the rural areas in the recent state assembly elections had made it evident that the problem of farm distress was in urgent need of redressal. Real rural wages have hardly increased in the last few years despite the persistence of low inflation. This was in contrast to the promise of doubling farm incomes by 2022.

The Budget attempts to address this problem with an income transfer scheme for small farmers, Kisan Samman Nidhi. The scheme intends to transfer Rs 6,000 a year to farmers that have less than 2 hectares of land. To put things in perspective, about 70 per cent of agricultural households own less than one hectare of land. Over 120 million small farmers are likely to benefit from the scheme and it would cost the exchequer over Rs 750 billion per year.

In the run-up to the Budget, such ideas had increasingly gained currency. However, the government has been more conservative than most suggestions. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had made a pitch to the farmers where he promised Rs 1,500 per month per household. The ex-Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian, had also proposed a plan that involved a higher transfer of income and was wider in coverage.

The proposed scheme is also not sufficient by any standards as NSSO data shows that farm households with even the smallest size of land holdings have an expenditure of nearly Rs 6,000 per month on an average. But, keeping fiscal constraints in mind, it seems to be a positive step forward to begin addressing the farm distress as it would partly cover the cost of inputs. The success of these schemes has been experienced in Telangana and Odisha, as discussed in this column last week.

There are, however, certain challenges that need to be highlighted. First, nearly 250 million out of a total of 850 million Indians that reside in rural areas are landless agricultural workers. The scheme leaves them out of its ambit when, in fact, they are the most vulnerable sections of the rural society. A second challenge lies in the process of identification and delivery. It will be an arduous pan-India effort to identify households that have land holdings less than two hectares and ensure that they are connected to the direct benefit transfer (DBT) network.

Finally, and most importantly, even though the scheme is a positive step to allay the agricultural crisis, it is not a long-term solution. The key would be to infuse structural changes in the sector that ensure that farmers do not remain dependent on welfare for sustenance. The productivity of Indian farmers needs to be enhanced as I’ve often argued through this column by strengthening the country’s food processing industry, for instance. Only if Indian farmers become competitive on the world stage can the perpetually ailing sector be extricated from itself.

Meanwhile, the second aspect of the Budget that generated waves was the announcement that taxpayers with annual income up to Rs 5 lakh will get a full rebate. The tax slabs were, however, left untouched. Nevertheless, over 30 million individuals will gain from the move. As a result, the purchasing power of these individuals will witness an unambiguous push upwards. Combined with the income transfer given to farmers, the demand conditions of the country will certainly improve in the process driving its competitiveness forward.

With a focus on the rural economy and middle-class Indians, the Budget has managed to be the perfect election-year Budget and has also aimed at driving consumption in the economy. However, two challenges remain. First, the government’s capital expenditure has stagnated and needs to be consistently increased to ensure long-term growth. Second, the fiscal health of the economy needs to be maintained.

The government has yet again slipped on its fiscal target this year. The fiscal deficit of the economy stands at 3.4 per cent as per revised estimates. It has been 11 years since the target of three per cent was supposed to have been met. If India aims to be fiscally responsible, kicking the can further down the road is not the way to go.

The Budget might have brought immediate cheer all around and rightly so, but the nation also needs to have the longer picture in mind. Anyhow, at this moment we can say this is a budget that is good politics and economics all rolled in one.