Ask Prabhu

Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 years in journalism during which time he has headed The India Today group and The Indian Express as Editor, Chawla has witnessed and recorded dramatic changes in Indian democracy — from the trauma of the Emergency, the pathos of Rajiv Gandhi's rise and fall and the angst of Mandal to the churning of liberalisation and the rise of coalition politics.

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Shankar Krishnamurthy Rao

BENGALURU 08-11-2018

Q: Why do the courts including SC entertain cases involving Hindu religion like Ram Mandir and Sabarimala Temple as faith has nothing to do with law?  

A: Why don’t you do a study of cases admitted by the Supreme Court which has no religion? It's only commitment is to the Constitution of India which has declared India a secular Republic. There is a planned conspiracy to destroy and demoralize judiciary.

R.Rajaraman

Pondicherry 08-11-2018

Q: Now most of the English dailies and magazines including TNIE reduce the size of the font. It is very difficult to read it for people like me. Any remedy for this, Sir?

A: Every newspaper decides the font on the basis of market studies and profile of its readers including age. We are sorry, if it is causing you any difficulty.

P. Sukumar

Tuticorin 08-11-2018

Q: The final decision of the release of all seven life convicts of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is still on the desk of Honorable TN Governor. Do you think that the Governor will take any fruitful decision on this?

A: Governors are guided by politics and not reason or logic. His decision will be guided by purely political considerations.

S.Chander Kohli

New Delhi 08-11-2018

Q: Is India likely to get rid of poverty and social injustice in next 70 years in our existing democratic polity?  

A: India is now a much better place to live. The percentage of population below the poverty line has fallen substantially from over 50 percent during the 1950s to less than 30 percent now. Average income and life of an Indian have also gone up. Yes, we could have done much better. 

Engineer Shareef

India 08-11-2018

Q: BJP/RSS are so fond of Sardar Patel inspite of him banning the RSS, is it because under his watch, Operation Polo took place and according to Sundarlal Commission, thousands of Muslims were massacred. Is it worth to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sardar on 31 October, without paying homage to Indira Gandhi?

A: Your analysis of history is always based on communal considerations and fiction. I wouldn’t get into it. But if RSS has discovered some nationalist virtues in Sardar Patel, what is your problem. Patel united India and would remain one of the most respected icons of Indian freedom struggle. He was guided by national interest and nothing else.