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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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Jayashree

Salem 16-10-2017

Q: Has the PM lost the popularity as envisaged by many in social media?

A: Social media is not the correct barometer for assessing once popularity. It is dominated by political parties and their followers. Social media can be used to abuse opponents but it can't win an election.

Balchandhar

palani TN 03-10-2017

Q: Is it fair on the part of Mamata to curb religious procession on October 1 2017. Is she secular?    

A: Of course, it was genuinely secular as it involved Hindu procession. Banning Moharram would have been totally communal.

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 03-10-2017

Q: Do you think that the mystery surrounding the death of former TN CM Jayalalithaa will ever be unravelled by the enquiry commission as many politicians especially Sasikala abhor it?  

A: Judicial Commissions have never found the truth. They find people for the job. Please don't expect any major revelations.  

Vijai Lugani

munich 03-10-2017

Q: Do you agree with what Yashwant Sinha says about the Indian economy. As a senior journalist, what is your stand?  

A: He has spoken what he has acquired through his experience as Finance Minister. There are many who agree with you. Undoubtedly some of his observations need attention.

Achuta Bhat

Bengaluru 03-10-2017

Q: A decade ago, different political parties had different political views and ideologies. These were reflecting in their public speeches, debates and articles. But of late, particularly after 2014 Lok Sabha elections, most of the non-NDA parties speak the same language as if they belong to one political party, irrespective of their accepted ideologies. The Congress, Communists, SP, RJD are such examples. Is the Indian political system going to be bipolar?

A: Not true. From the early 60s to late 1990, all political parties were speaking almost in the same voice against the Congress. In fact, both the BJP and the CPM came together to support VP Singh government from outside to keep the Congress out of power. Now Modi and the BJP have control over politics, it is natural that their opponents will join hands to defeat them.