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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Chennai 29-05-2018

Q: Now that the fuel prices have hit the sky, PM Modi is doing nothing to contain it. If the same trend continues BJP is sure to bite the dust. What is preventing BJP from bringing the petrol under GST?  

A: Nothing can hit the sky as we don’t know how far it is. But petroleum product prices are definitely unreasonably high due to high taxes imposed by the both the central and state governments. Silence of both the BJP and the opposition parties on this issue is quite perplexing as they get maximum revenue from excise duty on diesel and petrol. 


Chennai 29-05-2018

Q: By supporting JD (S), Congress has thwarted any attempt of federal front. I feel by doing so, the grand old party has lost its authority to lead the coalition against BJP and is reduced to the level of a regional party. What is your opinion on this?

A: There no permanent friends or enemies in politics. The strike opportunistic deals to acquire power by fair and fould means. Wait till 2019 and you will witness many games. 

Achuta Bhat

Bangalore 22-05-2018

Q: People of Karnataka have given a mandate in such a way that no government can be formed without resorting to horse trading. With such similar cases occurring earlier too, why is this practise still prevalent?  While Yedyurappa failed to get his numbers and resigned as CM with accusations of buying MLAs of other parties, Kumaraswami has been bribed with the CM post itself by the Congress. Do we really want such a system?

A: Holding another election would cost much more in terms of both governance and money. Kumaraswamy fought as a Chief Minister candidate. Since every thing is fair in love, war and politics, I find coalition a lesser evil than a fresh election. What is the surety of getting a better chief minister?

Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 22-05-2018

Q: We have seen large-scale violence during the West Bengal panchayat polls,with 26 casualties. Why have the Election Commission and the state government been not able to unable to control the situation?    

A: Violence and elections are made for each other in West Bengal. It is much less than what used to happen in late 70s and 80s. Next generation may be much more peaceful and democratic.

Narendra M Apte

PUNE 22-05-2018

Q: First-Past-the-Post rule has once again led to startling results in Karnataka Assembly election, with the Congress party securing more percentage of total votes but less number of seats. Do you think that we have to adopt system of proportional representation for say 33% of seats in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies?

A: Proportional representation will never provide a stable government as rarely does any poltical party gets more than 50 percent of the polled votes. India and its people will be ruled by an opportunistic alliance and not the ones based on any ideological compatibilities.