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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uk 27-02-2018

Q: Is there a legal agreement between India and China after the war about Arunachal Pradesh and other northeast states that China raises objection about PM's visit to these states which are integral part of our country. It also raises question in the minds of Indians that this may be the reason why these states have been neglected on purpose as any development in this region will anger china. Please educate us on this.

A: Why should we bother about what China thinks about what we do in our territories. North-East has been ignored in the past. Now it is moving forward with rest of the country. Once it is fully connected, China will not be able to play its dirty games.

Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 27-02-2018

Q: How can India be made corruption-free, open defecation free, eco-friendly, safe for women, and literate country in a short span of time, say 5 years, by involving every citizen of the country? What are media's efforts in achieving this?

A: It is next to impossible to achieve all the targets in a short pan of five years, even if we abolish democracy and impose a total dictatorship. Is there any country in the World which is fully free from any of these infirmities? We have to start from the primary school level and it will take a couple of generations before we can hope to make a significant change.


Bengaluru 27-02-2018

Q: One more has fled the country after enjoying the loan & likely never to return back & pay his dues. The Government claims they are in the process of getting these guys back, or is it only an eye-wash to the public?

A: For fugitives, outgoing flights are very easy to take because they don’t have to take permission. But their return flight is delayed due to procedural an legal issues. International treaties have been framed in such a way by civil servants and politicians which make it difficult for most of the countries to get their criminals back home.

Shankar Rao

Bengaluru 27-02-2018

Q: Was it right PM Narendra Modi gave an icy treatment to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau during his visit to India over his views on Khalistan Movement spearheaded by Sikhs back home in Canada?

A: Diplomacy is an art of complex shades. Trudeau was more on a pleasure trip than on official visit. Hardly any head of the state spends more than a week in a country with his family. Moreover, he defied all sorts of protocol by talking his kids for a formal welcome ceremony. But he wasn’t given Modi hug because he was seen to be hugging those who pose threat to the integrity and unity of India. He has been given a powerful signal without ignoring essential courtesies which are normally extended to any visiting head of a government.


BENGALURU 27-02-2018

Q: Sonia Gandhi says that Rahul is her boss too! Is she telling all opposition leaders that in case an alliance is formed to defeat BJP/NDA then they will have to accept Rahul Gandhi as the PM? What will the country gain in such a scenario?

A: It doesn’t need any further clarification. She had refused to become the Prime Minister in the past when she could have. So, she is not a candidate. If the Congress wins majority or is able to dictate its allies to accept a Congress leader as the prime minister, Rahul will be the natural choice. But let us wait for Verdict-2019.