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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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.


Palani TN 22-05-2018

Q: Karnataka's fractured mandate is out with JDS-Congress combine claiming that BJP is wooing their MLAs with Rs.100 crore to side with them. Ex-CM Siddaramaiah says Modi has instigated to poach with all means. Do you believe Modi would have been involved when he is against horse trading and luring money?

A: Since the BJP made a very strong pitch for putting together a majority, a section of the opposition definitely feels that the local party leadership wouldn’t have done it without the approval of the central leadership.


BENGALURU 22-05-2018

Q: Do you agree and endorse the dirty tricks played by politicians to grab power by hook or crook?    

A: Even if I don’t, do you think these dirty politicians will refrain from indulging in such dirty politics? Only voters have elected a majority led government. Let us not blame politicians. Their mission is not to grab power by all means-fair or foul.  

Narendra M Apte

PUNE 22-05-2018

Q: Do you agree that the level of debate in Karnataka Assembly election has come down? Do you think that that the Prime Minister while participating in assembly election campaigns should not comment on the politics of respective State but restrict his speeches to issues of national interest?  

A: Level of political debate has become dirtier throughout the country. Personal attacks are much more louder and vulgar than ideological opposition. It is because of the inferior quality of people joining politics and given important posts. Earlier, Prime Ministers would avoid campaigning during state elections. But Indira broke the convention.


Pune 08-05-2018

Q: When, will, if at all, the Election Commission of India be empowered (a) to order a professional audit of accounts of political parties and (b) do a though scrutiny of assets declarations of candidates contesting an election?

A: Never. Because none of the Election Commissioners has the courage to stand up to the politicians.