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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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palani TN 25-06-2018

Q: Even after weeks, there is no full ministerial formation in Karnataka. Opposition says Karnataka model for 2019, if so India have to suffer with 19 PM candidates. Great turmoil, turbulence will be the order of the day. Modi's efforts to synchronize India with the world will be a disaster? What are your views?  

A: There is nothing new. In coalition politics, it takes time for all of them to make adjustments. Voters of India now defeat a party and rarely elect another party. Atal Behari Vajpayee was much more respected and popular, yet the party lost the election in 2004. In fact, India has also grown under Coalitions.  

P Sukumar

Tuticorin 25-06-2018

Q: It is unfortunate that some of the Tamil girls are attempting suicide in view citing failure to clear NEET, even despite scoring high marks in +2 exam. The TN politicians are also opposing NEET. I feel that the NEET is totally against the welfare of Tamil students. What's your view?

A: I can't got into the merit of the NEET. But it is quite depressing to see you girls and even boys ending their lives. I think parents shouldn’t put pressure on their kids. Let the kids choose their own career.  

Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 25-06-2018

Q: How can plastic use be completely eliminated, taking into consideration that only a few eco-friendly alternatives are available?  

A: How were we dealing when there wasn’t any plastic 50 years ago? All of us used to carry our own jute or cloth bags for carrying vegetables and other goods.


Palani TN 25-06-2018

Q: Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee's RSS meet is a bone or bane to BJP/Congress. Why this heartburn to Congress? I feel Mukherjee has proved himself as a Stateman? What is your view?  

A: He spoke his mind and none should be worried about what he does or doesn’t. Every speech or incident doesn’t need to be politicized.


BENGALURU 25-06-2018

Q: Did Modi really make a statement to the effect that he would recover all black money and distribute about Rs 15 lakh to all Indians? Or was he only estimating the black money amount? What is the correct version of his election speech?    

A: Please do some research on Google you would get the right answer. He did make a promise to bring back the black money which would been Rs 15 lakh per family. But it was more to influence the voters. To be fair to him, he has curbed the creation of black money and has brought many more people under the tax net. Tax evasion has now become a very costly affair.


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