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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uk 16-04-2018

Q: Why is BJP resistant to a police investigation in the Asifa rape-murder case and why are the party lawmakers protesting in support of the accused. Isn't the BJP likely to lose its appeal in the public with such actions?  

A: Party in power always suffers from arrogance and inaction. BJP suspects that local police is biased against the Hindus and is trying to frame some of their leaders. They could have prevailed upon their own government in the state and the one at the centre to refer the case to the CBI right in January when the gruesome murder took place.

G Sreekumaran

Thiruvananthapuram 16-04-2018

Q: Will democracy prevail in India after 2020?  

A: India democracy may not be mature yet but is quite powerful. It defeated Mrs. India Gandhi after the emergency. India may be a  country of various castes, communities and religions. But all of them are together when any attempt is made to take away their freedom. Democracy will survive any dictatorial tendencies.   


bengaluru 16-04-2018

Q: Rahul Gandhi talks about issues with confidence that he would be the next Prime Minister. Even the media is giving him too much coverage? What will the opposition parties achieve in case he becomes the PM even if Congress does not get majority? Isn't it hypocrisy on the part of AAP, CPM, BSP, SP and TMC to merge with Congress instead of pretending to be different?  

A: Opposition parties are in politics not for charity but for grabbing power. There's nothing like hypocrisy in politics. If PDP and BJP can form a government in J&K, if SP and BSP can come together in UP, what is wrong in if tall the non-BJP parties fight Modi together? Both of us cant decide on their behalf? 

C V Ganesh

CHENNAI-600040 16-04-2018

Q: Why can't we have a bank exclusively to take care of the educational needs of the poor?  

A: There are many institutions and departments which disburse money for scholarships meant for the poor. Why do you want to create another one which may become a source of corruption?

Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 16-04-2018

Q: Every upper middle class family has more than one car in their homes. How can we guide them to have only one car in order to de-congest the traffic on roads?  

A: Is it like family planning. If two members of a family go to different workplaces at different times, how can you force them to use one car? To prevent traffic jams, we must build a clean and dependable public transport system and make cars more expensive by increasing the rate of interest on car loans.