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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Badri Narayanan P

tamilnadu 09-09-2017

Q: Do you believe in things like 'black magic' being played against adversaries by individuals / institutions? When there were successive accidents of air crafts some years ago, it seems some top official approached holy ones like Sri Sathya Sai Baba for protection against probable play of evil spirits unleashed by hostile our neighbour. Seems the Baba assured that the accidents would cease forthwith which did. Now we see successive train accidents etc which appear too abnormally frequent. Would you feel shy to admit a probable play of similar sinister elements?

A: Personally, I don't believe in any kind of astrology or beliefs. However, I respect who do and don't harm others while practicing them.

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 09-09-2017

Q: Even before police investigation begins into the brutal killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Karnataka, the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tells the press that BJP/RSS were behind the gruesome murder. despite Karnataka ruled by a Congress government cares two hoots to the memory of the murdered journalist by making political statement on the unfortunate death to score some brownie points to tarnish BJP/RSS. Is it right to play dirty politics even over a gruesome murder to brow beat the opponents?

A: New politics is based on vote banks in which life of a human being has no value. For them every drop of blood means an extra vote. Gauri was one of the fearless journalists. She had her own views on politics. Her brutal murder is unacceptable and her death symbolises the increasing cult of intolerance.

Balchandhar

bangalore 09-09-2017

Q: Is it not a moral victory to India to list the terrorists in Pakistan and accepted by China? What is your view Sir?

A: Of course, it is both our moral and diplomatic victory. We have been able to convince the World that Pakistan is the motherland of bloody terror and poses a threat to humanity.

Sea Seelam Prabhakar Reddy

Palo Alto, California, USA 09-09-2017

Q: We the world cannot support dictator KIM of North Korea who wants to test Hydrogen Bombs. Can we all agree and ask UN to occupy North Korea for the sake of Safe World?

A: It is easier said than done. North Korea is proxy for China and UN can't do anything without getting China on board. If North Korea becomes a threat to China only them we can hope some military action against it.

Balchandhar

bangalore 09-09-2017

Q: How the political parties can link Anitha's suicide to NEET? Whose fault is this? Why the govts. gave false assurances to the TN students. Now her death is politicised by irresponsible politicians. Is it not the duty of the govt of TN to accept NEET? Why they were so incalcitrant? When whole India accepted this, why TN alone separates itself? Are the other states people are frightened by NEET? No. Suicide is not the answer, when she was able to file a case (who instigated?) in SC/HC against the govt. She had lost her mental balance or any instigation? A fair enquiry will reveal this. Am I correct Sir?

A: We can't blame the state government alone as NEET is mandated by the Central agencies. TN government was willing to pass a legislation and issue an ordinance. But there were some problems in New Delhi due to which state government couldnt do much. It is unfortunate that a budding doctor from a dalit community had to die because she couldnt compete with others because of her insufficient language skills.

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