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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palani TN 08-12-2016

Q: Do you accept that veteran writer actor and journalist and political analyst CHO's demise has created a vacuum in media world?

A: Of course, media world will miss Cho. He represented the real freedom of expression and ethical journalism which is vanishing fast.

Engineer Shareef

India 08-12-2016

Q: Did he really mean it? Are these comments still relevant? "The merchant of death to terrorism, to corruption, to nepotism, official inefficiency, to bureaucratic negligence, to poverty and ignorance, to darkness and despair." - Cho Ramaswamy to Modi

A: Cho like many new age journalists was never a sycophant. He always practiced what he preached and never hesitated from speaking his mind irrespective of the consequences.


Delhi 08-12-2016

Q: Sir, Just want to understand some simple things; 1. Why BJP did not agree to simple demand of presence of PM in Rajya Sabha during discussion to defuse the situation? 2. Why BJP is not agreeing to debate under rule which entails voting despite the fact that they are in Majority in Lok Sabha?

A: 1. Because it would set a wrong precedent. If it is accepted once, the opposition would want the PM to be present in the house on every issue. However, Prime minister should be flexible in such situations. 2. Ruling rarely agrees to debate an issue which requires voting because it exposes some of its hidden supporters.

shankar rao

Bengaluru 08-12-2016

Q: 1. With the demise of CM Jayalalithaa, do you think that there will be some role for National Parties like BJP, Congress in Tamil Nadu? 2. Will AIADMK rule the roost inTN Politics without charismatic Leaders like MGR, Jayalalitha against DMK led by Karunanidhi, MK Stalin?

A: 1. With relatively weaker leadership, the ruling party like the BJP could influence local politics by holding financial carrots etc. However, the Congress is not in any position to play any significant role as it lacks power and leadership both at the centre and the state level. 2. AIADMK can survive only if it remains united and performs well as a government. Since it doesn't have a powerful and popular leader at the moment it has become most vulnerable at this juncture. DMK may try to split the AIADMK with the help of the Congress.


palani TN 08-12-2016

Q: When both parties are not meeting eye to eye how to end the logjam in LS and RS?Is it fair on their part to behave like this? Why Govt. should not introduce NO WORK NO PAY?

A: There is nothing new. Parlaiment has been disrupted in the past and our law makers never mind charging money for doing their work also. It has become part of our parliamentary democracy.