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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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Chennai 31-10-2017

Q: In the online edition of a Tamil daily on 24th October, there is a news item that a school in Tiruchirappalli punished its students who said that they had celebrated Deepavali with crackers and gave a certificate to those who said they did not. Also, it penalised its girl students who had kept mehendi in their hands. Unfortunately, this has not been reported by any of the English dailies which day in day out accuses the present Central Government of being communal. My question is why is it that the NIE did not report this?

A: I think NIE also carried a report on this incident. Please check again. Sometimes a story is found incorrect after verification is done. Newspapers have to be sensitive while reporting such incidents which turn out to be incorrect later.


Pune 31-10-2017

Q: When will you start an edition of TNIE in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, etc cities?

A: Only top management can take a call. I will convey your wishes to the Chairman.


palani TN 16-10-2017

Q: SC has stopped deportation of Rohingya muslim, who had entered into India secretly, and hence immigrants and not refugees. We are very much concerned about their life but we ourselves are unable to fulfil our dream of poverty eradication, medical care etc., where comes humane act since many are also terrorists turned and we are engulfed with terrorism. What is your view sir?

A: SC hasn't stayed deportation of Rohingyas. It has only admitted the petition. We should follow only international laws which stipulate that only genuine refugees should be considered for rehabilitation and those with criminal records. India should do what is in our interest only.  

Shankar Rao

Bengaluru 16-10-2017

Q: Isn't it derogatory to mock RSS women cadres not wearing shorts just to get a few news bytes? Can't we ridicule Gandhi Cap worn by Congress cadres as a symbol of a Party of cheats since Independence?

A: Why are you taking our low level politics seriously? None of the political parties are sticking to civil behaviour. They indulge in cheap, dirty and filthy remarks about each other. Jut chill.


Dubai 16-10-2017

Q: Why BJP leaders are too much focused on Kerala?

A: Because they feel that Kerala would compensate the loss of the Lok Sabha seats which it may lose in other states.