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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Engineer Shareef

India 06-03-2017

Q: Murder of GandhiJi, Nellie Massacre, Babri Masjid Demolition & nationwide riots, Mumbai Communal riots, Grahm Staines Barbaric Murder, Gujarat massacre, Muzaffar Nagar, Samjhauta Blast, Ajmer Blast, Malegaon Blast, Eknath Khadse's frequent calls to Dawood Ibrahim, Khurana's allegation that Sushma has links to Dawood, Beef export and Beef Terror......Now Naliya gang rape, Dhruv Saxena's ISI links, Child trafficking....with so many allegations, convictions, trials, acquittals on technical grounds by party members, don't you feel that BJP/RSS shall be declared as terror outfit and banned?

A: None of us except the Courts or the Government has the power to declare any outfit a terror organisation.

Nandhitha

Bangalore 06-03-2017

Q: Now a days we are not seeing healthy debate and speeches in election rallies. It has reached a new low in UP elections. My personal feel is PM should have desisted from attacking the state government. What is your opinion.

A: Elections are led and won by individuals and not ideologies now. So, it is imperative that all of them indulge in a competitive mudslinging to destroy the image of each other.  

Anand K Natarajan

Chennai 06-03-2017

Q: Now a days it has become a fashion for the students to protest. Political parties and NGO's are using them inciting emotion and parochialism. Students job is to study. In TN they are doing everything except education. Do you think this is good development?

A: Students are our future leaders. There is nothing wrong if they indulge in healthy debate and dialogue on national issues. But they should refrain from inciting violence and promoting anti-India sentiments or creating caste conflicts.

B.V.Shenoy

Bangalore 06-03-2017

Q: Entire media was referring to Gurmehar Kaur as the daughter of Kargil Martyr, but after that, newspapers have dropped the word Kargil from her name. Dear Prabhu Chawlaji, can you tell me what the reason for this change is? Do you think the girl exploited the media's kindness and respect for Kargil martyrs?

A: Students of that age are quite idealistic and are prone to romantic ideological pressures. I think she was misled to include a poster which was seen as pro-Pak poster. Her father did die for India when he was fighting terrorists in Kashmir. Illiberals twisted the facts to suit their agenda.

Ajay Kumar

Baroda 06-03-2017

Q: This is a age where gender neutrality has become a norm. But when some activist / so-called activist who happens to be a "she" is replied back without logic, why do they start crying wolf and name calling the other one "misogynist" and start hiding behind "Womanhood"... If they keep on crying being persecuted only because they are women when none such polarising intention has been there by the one responding, aren’t they doing injustice by bringing the non-existing "bias" and weakening the march towards "gender neutral society".

A: There is nothing in war, love and politics. Fiction has replaced fact in debate and dialogue on national issue on national. Abusive retorts have become the only instrument of defeating a powerful logic.