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Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 30 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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Shankar Rao

Bengaluru94386 18-04-2017

Q: Is reservation quota for Muslims passed by TRS in Telengana a progressive step or an obvious dirty vote bank politics?

A: Caste and religion based reservation is worse politics and promotes communalism and casteism. It should be given on economic basis only too all the sections of the society.

Samudra

Uk 18-04-2017

Q: Don’t you think the never before violent protests by Kashmiris are provoked by Pak is because they don’t like Muslim majority state be ruled by 'Hindu' BJP. Is this the reason why separatist leaders are reluctant for talks with govt. as never before? What should be done as they are reluctant for peaceful solution with govt.

A: Kashmir has been trouble spot for the past 27 years when BJP wasn't in power. Successive central government have been soft on local extremist elements. Pakistan has been funding unemployed youth and sending Jihadists from across the border. It should be treated as a law and order problem and defence forces should be given free hand to deal with the situation.

R. Mohan

Trichy 18-04-2017

Q: How long the SC/ST quota should continue? Will it not bring inequality if the quota system is continued forever?

A: Politics survives and thrives on reservation and quota doles. It has led to inequalities amongst those communities who are getting the benefits of quota system because only rich people have grabbed all the opportunities.

Balchandhar

palani TN 18-04-2017

Q: Very poor voter turnout in the bye poll held in Kashmir, what it means? Are they afraid of casting their votes or any hidden agenda? In the meantime Farook Abdulla glorified the stone pelters. As an educated MP is it fair on his part to talk like this?

A: Even earlier Kashmir has seen poor voter turnout. But this time it was sponsored by Pak sponsored elements who don't want democracy to survive in J&K. Religious terrorism can be promoted only by demolishing institutions of democracy.

Ravi

Srikakulam 18-04-2017

Q: What is the sin committed by the un reserved people in Telangna? Why are they deprived of opportunities (Educational and Employment) for no wrong committed by them. This is pertaining to the DECISION of Telangana Govt to raise reservation to 62%. Will Un Reserved People (who are third Class citizens of this Country) be ethnically cleansed from Telangana as well as India slowly but surely because no politician says for the loss and humiliation suffered by un reserved people of this country.

A: Please don't abuse those who are being reservation by the ruling party for political reasons. They are equal citizens of the state. I am sure courts will not allow more than 50 percent reservation. Reservation is now becoming an alternative to development. Those who fail to ensure development are now indulging in reservation politics.

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