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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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uk 13-02-2018

Q: Sir, Is China unstoppable as it directly warns India not to interfere in the Maldives although It blatantly encroaches POK and builds CPEC. Given the power equation, one cant blame India but with each episode, China is proving to the world who is the boss of the hood. Your comments would greatly help to understand the underlying dynamics and facts.

A: It is quite complex geopolitics. China doesn’t have either India or America to dictate strategic contour in South Asia. Its policies are led purely by economics. It is using money as the most powerful instrument for winning over more friends in her neighbourhood and beyond. Even in America, Chinese owned a substantial chunk of Real Estate. Since it is not a democratic society its leadership can decide its fiscal and in diplomatic policies without bothering about any domestic implications. However, India is better placed as we can dictate China as we provide a big market for its products. India is yet to show its muscles.


Palani TN 13-02-2018

Q: Why Modiji is silent on Pakistan sponsored terror attacks, not a day passes our soldiers are killed and ambushed by Pak. army and terrorists.We people request Modiji to take strong action with the support of USA to neutralize Hafeez Sayeed like Osama Bin Laden was eliminated. What is your opinion Sir?

A: Prime Minister believes in action and not words. He takes his own time. The situation is definitely getting out of hand as more and more security personnel are being gunned down by Pakistan sponsored terrorists. He has been talking to President Trump. But time is running out for his. He has to now teach a lesson to Pakistan. His credibility is now at stake.

Debapriya Jyotishi

Jamshedpur 13-02-2018

Q: In BJP ruled states the governments are putting forward tall claims of good performance.They are trying to make people believe that they performing well. Since the opposition is not worthy of being considered as political options as they fail to counter ruling claims of good performance.Then should not there be a neutral & reliable agency of reviewing the performance of state governments and let people know the exact status?

A: Some of the BJP stats are performing well but they are others which have failed as well. Propaganda through ads and PR agencies cant yield permanent results. BJP lost all the elections recently held in Rajasthan. It has to do some soul searching.

Badri Narayanan P

cheenai 13-02-2018

Q: I eagerly read your critical comments on B-18 wherein you didn't miss to indicate inter alia the weak channels of bureaucracy through which the programs and funds have to pass for final expression in results. The bureaucracy-political-corporate nexus has been so strong down the decades that the Development model incorporating a 'clean corruption free govt' is no good news for the cadres in administration. We find that corruption news is actually getting increased especially at higher levels, in critical sectors in particular. With such a leaky structure, it is too much to expect the budget to reach its expected outcome. Our (non political citizens) faith in Modi is waning slowly going by feeble support to his approach even by his party stalwarts (no senior leader like Advaniji or Joshiji for go for his support against acrimonious criticisms of opposition) and the tireless chaos created by the UPA -leftist combine to disrupt harmony and stifle smooth administration at all levels. Perhaps the 2019 elections would set the tone for better days, if the people allow the Development oriented planning under Modi to continue.

A: You haven’t asked any question. You have given a long opinion on current politics. But the current situation is not that simple as you think. E-19 is going to be a very tough fight between Modi on one hand others including some from his own party on the other.

Shankar Rao

Bengaluru 13-02-2018

Q: Why did BJP lose Bypolls in Rajasthan? Was Padmvat film controversy responsible for a whitewash of BJP in the bypolls?

A: Padvaat played only a marginal role in Rajasthan elections. The state government has lost touch with its own workers and even ordinary people. State government reflects arrogance and ignores criticism form even those who are their friends.


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