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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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Bengaluru 16-04-2018

Q: Is Congress so desperate for power that it is going on to encourage caste violence by Dalits on the SC/ST ruling?

A: Everything is fair in love, war and politics. 

Srikrishnan Jayaraman

Bangalore 04-04-2018

Q: GSAT -6A : Accident? Sabotage? Or new age space warfare? For a very successful ISRO that has launched countless satellites to text book precision (with far greater successes with PSLVs than GSLVs), losing contact seems an elementary problem. Given the fact the usage of the satellite in intended orbit was primarily for military use, it may be more than a simple accident. Could it be a sabotage to not let India use this militarily very helpful satellite that will help us guard our borders better? Worse still, did our enemy states plan a hostile takeover of a fully functional and newly minted satellite? For a hostile neighbor, China to be precise, it would be a coup of sorts.

A: Don’t spread rumours. It was  just one of those technical errors which ISRO couldn’t handle. They are doing a great job and don’t spoil their image.

Mariappan K

Coimbatore 04-04-2018

Q: Why do political leaders just 'deliver speeches' rather than campaigns about welfare schemes to lure people?

A: Since they are unable to deliver their promises, they should be allowed the freedom of delivering speeches and expose themselves.


Palani TN 04-04-2018

Q: CBSE paper leak protests turn violent and politics has made inroads in the issue. Surprisingly, there are no students who are agitating. What can the government do if the CBSE board is silent? This is not the first time that the leak has happened. Why is Modi being targeted this year?      

A: You don’t watch TV. I have seen many students protesting in various cities. I agree, it took a political turn. But that is natural. Opposition parties will not leave any opportunity to attack the Prime Minister. They are in politics not for social service but for grabbing power by any means-fair or foul. Countdown for 2019 elections has already begun and you will find more and more vicious and acrimonious  political narrative.

Shreyas S A

Bangalore 04-04-2018

Q: Who do you think will have a major impact on Karnataka elections? Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi?    

A: Narendra Modi is much more powerful and popular. Fight is not between RaGa and Namo. It is between Siddaramaiah and Modi.