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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Rajesh Lal

India 28-12-2016

Q: Nirbhaya missile test failed again, as it was apprehended by TNIE. Will the Government install a thorough inquiry into this matter? If the Defence Minister takes pride in the surgical strike, he should be ashamed in the failure of Nirbhay missile test. Note that S Christopher was nominated as DRDO chairman in BJP regime. Is the BJP Government going to make any structural reform in the recruitment, selection, and working procedure of DRDO as recommended by the committee installed by A K Anthony, or are they going to install any such committee to bring in structural and working reform in DRDO? Why someone like V K Saraswat, who was indicted by CGDA for nepotism and corruption, is there in NITI Aayog?

A: I think it was a genuine error. If ISRO has been successful 100 times earlier, a single failure doesn't make it bad organisation. It is one of the best Organisation in the world.

shankar rao

bengaluru 28-12-2016

Q: Is Chandra Babu Naidu more worried about non-release of funds to AP by Centre for Infra in the new capital rather than the suggestions for neutralising ill effects of demonetisation sought by the Finance Minister?

A: His survival depends on the funds released by the Centre. If he doesn't get enough grants his dream capital would never come up.


palani TN 28-12-2016

Q: How do you view the raids by IT ED etc., on TN Chief Secretary? Will it lead the fingers towards other officers and politicians? Why are these highly paid power wielding IAS and IPS doing this? Will it give them name and fame?

A: Chief Secretary has already made wild allegations. Let the agencies look into his statements. I am sure he was well connected and the Income Tax officers would have enough idea about the names of the people involved with him. There is some politics behind the raids.

Harikrishnan Thattai

Thiruvallur 28-12-2016

Q: Respected Prabhu, I came across below article in your website titled "Gujarat man 'buys' 13-year-old girl for Rs 80,000, rapes her for five months" Kindly requesting you to clarify what has "Gujarat" got to do with this?

A: If the person belongs to Gujarat, there is nothing wrong in giving the name of the state. Should we say a man from XXXX or nowhere was involved? Don't see any malicious intention in reporting unless it is factually incorrect.


palani TN 20-12-2016

Q: SC has criticised HC Jammu & Kaashmir on no immunity to that state. Can Article 370 be scrapped? Is it not a good idea to repeal this and allow that state people to move rest of India

A: Article 370 can't be scrapped only by the state assembly. Since BJP is now part of the ruling coalition, it should persuade PDP to dilute Article 370, so that the state becomes part of the mainstream nation. However, Supreme Court has made it clear that J&K will have to follow the rest of the Indian Constitution in both letter and spirit.