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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Prasanna Ganesh

Chennai 24-01-2018

Q: Nobody killed Jessica,but shes no more. Nobody killed Arushi but shes no more.Nobody looted 2G but there was a scam. What is your view on out judiciary now? I feel the judiciary is too active in deciding small matters like no.of visitors to Vaishno Devi,whether hymns should be sung at Amaranth and leaving out important matters like corruption. Do you agree with this view?

A: Excessive judicial activism is against the concept of distribution of peers and responsibilities. But by and large Indian judiciary is still quite effective.

Bhanu Narayan Singh

Gaya 18-12-2017

Q: With Rahul Gandhi becoming Congress President, do you see any role for senior Bihar leader Nikhil Kumar in or will the party ignore such an honest person?

A: Nikhil Kumar deserves a much better role. But Rahul Gandhi is likely to choose younger leaders and may use senior persons for advice.


palani TN 18-12-2017

Q: Have you ever seen in any election fight this type of acrimonious campaign?

A: Never. In my 50 years of teaching and journalism, I never came across such a malicious and filthy electioneering. Hopefully, it will settle down.

shankar rao

Bengaluru 18-12-2017

Q: Instead of explaining to the Nation the purpose and agenda of holding of a secret Meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner and other Officials by its Senior Leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh at Mani Shankar Aiyar's residence without the knowledge of Govt of India shows utter disregard of probity in public life by the Congress Party, Further asking PM Modi to apologise for raising the issue and also asking EC to file FIR against PM and the BJP President Amit Shah shows the arrogance of Congress which has been rejected by voters election after election. Do you approve of the disrespectful behaviour of Congress?

A: I am sorry, there wasn't any secret meeting. It was a dinner in which 20 odd people including those indirectly associated with the government were also present. But I agree former Prime Minister should have avoided such an interaction.

ranjit thomas

australia 18-12-2017

Q: Is the Indian rupee printed by the RBI and backed by nothing a loan given to Indian people for day to day living (for buying and selling things) rather than a asset? If it is a loan then FRDI bill makes sense, if the Indian rupee is not a loan and if it is an asset then is the reserve bank not legally obliged to pay back every paise deposited in bank by the hard working men and women of this nation? Your thoughts in this regard please.

A: Every rupee in my account is my liquid asset and not a loan. I have earned and have paid all the taxes. Government has no business to take it away without my approval.