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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palani TN 24-07-2018

Q: What do you think about the hugging and winking diplomacy of Rahul during the no confidence motion in Parliament towards PM Modi? 

A: Rahul has acquired an art of getting prime time publicity. So far Modi was its master now Rahul is trying to copy him. There is nothing else.

Shankar Krishnamurthy Rao

BENGALURU 24-07-2018

Q: If TDP, Left, AIADMK, TRS, TMC, NCP, SS, BJD, RJD, BSP, SP, PDP, NC, INLD, Congress, JDU, JDS, and other Opposition parties fight for seats amongst themselves before LS Polls 2019 with their one-point agenda of ousting PM Modi unlike the Indira v/s Opposition in 1977, can the ramshackle Opposition give a better governance than PM Modi although voters will decide their fate?    

A: It is always a united opposition which topples a well-established government. If there is a direct contest between the BJP and the entire opposition all over the country, BJP would certainly be in serious trouble as you have seen the results in Uttar Pradesh.  

Deepak Sharma

New delhi 24-07-2018

Q: As per CVC guidelines, all officers should be rotated every 3 years. Further, as per Bank’s Transfer Policy for Officers, no officer should be retained in the same post for a period in excess of 3 years and in the same station (municipal limits) for a period in excess of 5 years,” said a BOI office memorandum. But till date, PNB has not implemented the CVC guidelines on the transfer policy because of which many of the higher-ups are left at the same place and same post for 5 years. What are your views about the transfer policy?    

A: Do my views matter? Indian policy makers make policies to be broken as per convenience. Policy and Politicians are made for each other.


Palani TN 24-07-2018

Q: As per Yahoo, PM Modi lost nearly 3 lakh Twitter followers, whereas Trump lost 1 lakh followers. All these accounts were blocked for being fake. What is your take, Sir?                

A: I have also lost 9000 followers. I think over 40 per cent of Twitter accounts are fake or duplicate. Now it is losing its credibility and people are moving away from Twitter.

Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 24-07-2018

Q: We recently witnessed statements by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Saifuddin Soz and Shashi Tharoor where they extended their emphatic support to Pakistan. While Azad supported azaadi, Tharoor said If BJP comes to power again, it will create a Hindu Pakistan. How long will these type of leaders keep maligning the peace and patriotism of our country? It is an attack on our political system when these type of leaders are seen roaming free in elections after elections because they know nobody will arrest them. Just for the sake of maintaining their vote bank, these leaders make this type of contentious statements to deteriorate the peace of our country. Why are these obnoxious leaders not booked?          

A: That is your interpretation. They treat Muslims as their vote bank but none of them is a traitor. Our Prime Minister went to Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan is still indulging in terror activities. All of them indulge in making statements which gets them attention and votes.