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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Narendra M Apte

PUNE 22-05-2018

Q: Do you agree that the level of debate in Karnataka Assembly election has come down? Do you think that that the Prime Minister while participating in assembly election campaigns should not comment on the politics of respective State but restrict his speeches to issues of national interest?  

A: Level of political debate has become dirtier throughout the country. Personal attacks are much more louder and vulgar than ideological opposition. It is because of the inferior quality of people joining politics and given important posts. Earlier, Prime Ministers would avoid campaigning during state elections. But Indira broke the convention.

NARENDRA M APTE

Pune 08-05-2018

Q: When, will, if at all, the Election Commission of India be empowered (a) to order a professional audit of accounts of political parties and (b) do a though scrutiny of assets declarations of candidates contesting an election?

A: Never. Because none of the Election Commissioners has the courage to stand up to the politicians.

SHANKAR RAO

BENGALURU74049 08-05-2018

Q: DON'T YOU THINK PM MODI IS OVER EXERTING HIMSELF TOO MUCH TO GET EVERY STATE GOING T POLLS TO BJP KITTY SINGLE HANDEDLY MAKING OTHER BJP LEADERS IRRELEVANT?

A: Narendra Modi is the only hope for the BJP. Others don’t matter. He is their only performing asset. All others are liability.

casbbalchandhar

Palani TN 08-05-2018

Q: Why Collegium is very particular about one Judge elevation to SC when many seniors to him are waiting on the wings? Collegium should have sent atleast 10 judges to be elevated instead 3. What is your thinking Sir?

A: They are doing their job. Why should the government be bothered about just one judge? If five senior most judges have chosen one why should political establishment reject their suggestion? Do you think we should accept tainted Ministers?

Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 08-05-2018

Q: India was ranked 133rd in world happiness index report 2018 by UN. Why is India lagging behind in happiness, what factors are responsible for it? Is anything substantial we can do?

A: Because we are at fight with each other on caste, religion, community and class basis. We selectively follow the law. Most of us are negative and jealous people.
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