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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Achuta Bhat

Bangalore 14-11-2017

Q: Are filing defamation cases against newspapers amounting to suppression of the freedom of press? This question arises because one of the famous editors had said so.    

A: Editors can't be above law. We should be held accountable for what we write. But filling criminal cases is definitely against the freedom of expression and amounts to intimidation.


palani TN 14-11-2017

Q: Though foes in politics Modiji visited DMK chief MK's house and enquired about his health., do you read anything between the lines? I think it is just a courtesy call by Modiji. How do you think?    

A: Modi has visited Chennai many times in the past but never called on Karunanidhi. Since AIADMK is losing credibility, Modi would like to keep all options open. As you know there aren't permanent friends or foes in politics. We would come to know the real reason behind his courtesy call soon after Gujarat elections.

Pradyot Nawathe

Matunga,mumbai 14-11-2017

Q: I want to publish my complaint which i am following for last 2 years against MCGM, MHADA & developer to ACB & Matunga Police in your newspaper to highlight the facts of the working of these reputed agencies who are suppose to give justice to common man & to prove there is no transparency in working as claimed by Maharashtra CM Please guide me how to go about so that culprits cannot go scoot free.  

A: Newspapers don't carry any FIRS. We carry just news reports. We are South India based news paper and it will not be read by the authorities in Maharashtra. Try to get it printed in local papers.

Shakeel Hamid

Hyderabad 14-11-2017

Q: Do you think BJP has seriously lost monopoly in Gujarat? And what are the chances of Congress this time. Plus has BJP's troll army made people to think about civil behaviour.    

A: The BJP has been in power for over two decades. It is natural that it will face some anti-incumbency sentiments. It depends on the local Chief Minister and the Prime Minister to beat it by projecting their work aggressively.

Anshu Sharma Yadav

Delhi 14-11-2017

Q: Will elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President would affect BJP's chances of gaining majority in 2019 general elections and Modi's becoming Prime Minister again?    

A: Please don't write him off so easily. At the moment, he is no match for Modi but he is getting better than what he was. 2019 elections wouldn't be a fight between Modi and Rahul. People will vote for what Modi has done as Prime Minister. Period.