Ask Prabhu

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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uk 22-05-2017

Q: Pakistan has upped its aggression by nabbing Indians on the allegations of spying. They want us to react similarly so that we lose the reputation of being a responsible nation or cower down to their advantage. It may not be coincidence that this is happening after China warned us against Dalai Lama visit in AP. Do you agree that we should end our soft approach and act/react accordingly? Do you also think Mr. Modi may even go to war with Pakistan in two years or in his second term?

A: Excessive publicity doesn't pay in the long run. Both the countries have been getting hold of spies in the past. But these were kept secret. Now arrest of a "spy" has become a tool for diplomacy. Pakistan always indulges in dirty games through its infiltrators in Indian establishment. I don't think any war with Pakistan is likely to take place.

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 22-05-2017

Q: What will the Opposition say if they can't prove tampering of EVMs challenge posed by EC?

A: They will blame the EVMs only for not accepting their command.

Satish Kumar Saini

Dehradun 22-05-2017

Q: Can you define journalism and its base, misleading, misguiding and dangerous for peace and integrity of Nation why and how should they write?

A: Golden rule for good journalism: Fear None. Favour None. Keep National interest in mind and not that of any political party, individual, business or religion.


Chennai 22-05-2017

Q: India under Nehru took Kashmir issue to the UN and till this day it stands unresolved. Now Modi took Jadhav case to ICJ. Do you think Pakistan which is under the octopus grip of ISI and Army will heed to the decision of ICJ? I think Modi govt erred in taking this issue to ICJ. Your opinion please.

A: Modi wanted to expose Pakistan which has been superbly done by Sushma Swaraj and Harish Salve. Pakistan is unlikely to accept ICJ's verdict but it will face global isolation.

Manojsen Gupta

Sydney 22-05-2017

Q: Recently held elections for civic polls in West Bengal with so much violence/misrule does portray a very bad picture of our democratic process to the world. How do you think this can be restored?

A: Some violence is inbuilt into the strategy followed by various political parties to win any election. West Bengal is no exception. There wasn't any unusual spurt in the incidents of violence.


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