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People even believe in fake news, says Chidambaram in a dig at govt | Press24-India News

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CHENNAI: Taking a dig at the media, senior Congressman and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday chided people for believing “everything that is written”. “When the government says, there is 5% growth, we believe. When it says 100% of all our villages have been electrified, we believe it. When it says 99% of villages have been provided with toilets, we believe. We even come to a level, where we believe in fake news,” he said on Friday at a function. He also said that the country is being ruled by fear. It is the responsibility of the people to decide whether they want to live with fear or freedom. “It is fear that is ruling India and not a political party. Fear and freedom cannot go together. It is the responsibility of the people to choose whether they have to live a life with fear or freedom. We all should live a life without fear,” he said. “I predicted in 2018 about economic slowdown hitting the country. I am not proud for having predicted it. Others like former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan too warned the country about economic slowdown. But, our warnings were never heeded to by those in power,” Chidambaram said.

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