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Watch | Freebie Culture Fulfils Short-Term Poll Goals, Not Long-Term Social Issues: Prof Arun Kumar

While Prime Minister Modi had cautioned people against the 'revdi culture', BJP president J.P. Nadda last week announced freebies in Himachal Pradesh ahead of the assembly polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cautioned people, especially the youth, against “revdi culture”, saying it is “very dangerous” for the country, its development and its well-being.

However, last week, Bharatiya Janata Party president J.P. Nadda announced freebies in Himachal Pradesh ahead of the assembly elections.

But who started the freebies culture in India?

The Wire’s Yaqut Ali spoke to economist and professor Arun Kumar on how the increasing culture of freebies is only fulfilling short-term election goals, rather than solving long-term issues like unemployment, lack of access to quality education, healthcare, etc.