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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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.

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 27-02-2017

Q: America for Americans and ISIS Hate Terror campaigns may trigger a III World War and India may be unwittingly dragged into it because of our backstabbers Pakistan and China. Your take on this fast developing scenario please!

A: World War-3 is not even a remote possibility in 21st century. ISIS will make sure that they keep killing each other and provide markets to arm manufacturers from all over the world. Money making business will ensure that violence is confined to certain areas.

Amar Shankar

koderma 27-02-2017

Q: What you think about the stand of SHIV SENA , will it continue with their natural alliance or switch to on other party??

A: There is no natural alliance now in new age politics. Alliances are made only to grab power by fair or foul means. Goodbye to ideology.