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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 25-06-2018

Q: Did Modi really make a statement to the effect that he would recover all black money and distribute about Rs 15 lakh to all Indians? Or was he only estimating the black money amount? What is the correct version of his election speech?    

A: Please do some research on Google you would get the right answer. He did make a promise to bring back the black money which would been Rs 15 lakh per family. But it was more to influence the voters. To be fair to him, he has curbed the creation of black money and has brought many more people under the tax net. Tax evasion has now become a very costly affair.

Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 25-06-2018

Q: We recently witnessed bypoll results in which BJP suffered a huge setback by winning just 2 seats. Is the BJP too reliant on PM Modi's popularity? Is that why there is no scope for the build-up of local state leaders because they want to avoid competition in the party, and is this somehow costing them abysmally?  

A: Frankly, BJP can’t win any election without Modi. He is the BJP. Amit Shah has created a great organisation but people vote for BJP because of Modi. If he loses his personal charisma, the BJP would suffer as well.


Palani TN 29-05-2018

Q: Is it fair on Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy's part to say that he is at the mercy of Congress and not to the 6.5 crore Karnataka people?

A: For a change a politician is speaking the truth. He deserves full marks for being honest. Voters of Karnataka gave him less than 20 percent seats. 

Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 29-05-2018

Q: Despite Modi government completing its four years, why is job creation is still an issue and when will fugitives like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya be brought to the book?

A: Fugitives like NiMo and Mallya have nothing to do with job creation. In fact, they have left behind many thousands persons jobless employees behind by indulging in financial irregularities. Modi had promised to create over 10 million jobs per year but he has fallen short of his target for various reasons. Voters are expected to ask such inconvenient questions in a democracy.


bengaluru 29-05-2018

Q: Taking into consideration the recent Karnataka election where the sudden coalition arrangement is in place to grab power, is it not time to amend the Constitution to the effect that in future, single largest party would only form government in any election? This should prevent all the dirty games of political parties in such situations. Furthermore whenever there is no clear two-third majority, the duration of single largest party to should be 3 years instead of 5.  

A: Politicians know how to break laws and interpret some to suit their convenience. Even in the recent past various Supreme Court verdict have been used by many political parties to justify their acts. We need politicians who believe in ethics. If a single largest party enjoys the support of less than 40 percent of the MLAs can that party provide a stable government. We have to stop horse trading for forming any government.