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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Rashaad A Rahman


Q: The case of Shafin Jahan and Hadiya is being headlined as 'Love Jihad' case. There is no Love Jihad in Kerala. Please wake up. Somebody embracing a new religion and marrying someone from the newly-embraced religion does not make it a case of 'Love Jihad.'    

A: It depends on how you look at a particular case. There have been many cases of forced conversions through 'Love Jihad' in Kerala, but I am not sure about Hadiya. Every case of forced and induced conversion will be suspect.


Palani 624 601 31-01-2018

Q: Shiv Sena dumps BJP in 2019 poll. Yes, I think a thorn in BJP flesh is just removed. What is your opinion?  

A: Let them formally divorce first. We will discuss this issue once the picture is clear. There is no place for conviction in politics. Both the BJP and SS are opportunistic like all other parties. They make friends as per their convenience.

M.Sathish Kumar

Trichy 31-01-2018

Q: Do you think next year Lok Sabha elections will be a cake walk for Narendra Modi as the opposition has failed to unite especially because the Communist Party has decided to not join hands with Congress?    

A: 2019 is not going to be as easy as it was in 2014 even if the opposition doesn't unite. One must take into account anti-incumbency factors. In 2004, Atal Behari Vajpayee was the most popular Prime Minister and there was hardly any opposition leader against him. Yet the BJP lost the election badly.


Mysore 31-01-2018

Q: TNIE / Sunday Standard should be made available in all other parts of India also as they are good. Please change the layout, masthead etc to make it more interesting.    

A: As per agreement between the owners, NIE can't be published from North and the West and IE is prohibited from circulation from South.

Achuta Bhat

Bengaluru 24-01-2018

Q: After the four supreme court judges publicly criticized the CJI, the columnists and opinion makers are found to be taking sides in their writings and speeches. It appears that the left leaning ones are supporting the 4 judges and the others the CJI. Do you think that, this 'left' and 'right' exists and visible in judiciary too?

A: Yes, it does but not in ideological terms. Judiciary has always been divided between conventional interpretation of law and contemporary gloss.