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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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shankar rao

Bengaluru 24-01-2018

Q: Can India benefit from close ties with Israel technologically without inviting much ire from Islamic countries including Palestine?

A: Definitely. Even Islamic countries will stand to gain from India.

Badri Narayanan Poondi

chennai 24-01-2018

Q: Sir, there was no indignation to the honourable judges when some top judges were accepting high posts in Govt after retirement for what can be deemed as favours to the rulers, or when a Justice (Shri Dinakaran) of a High court was accused of land grabbing and some others of sensitive (sexual) deviances.. Instead of clearing the cloud about the persons in respectable position, they were either transferred or released after opaque enquiries. Even Justice Karnan who created the greatest shame to the institution went off with a brief stay in prison.. Is the alleged overreaches of CJI considered more damaging by his elite colleagues? what is your take on this very sad state of affairs?

A: You have a point. But Indian Constitution makers couldn't anticipate such a situation in which one of the stronger pillars of democracy would crack under its own weight.

casbbalchandhar

palani TN 24-01-2018

Q: Do you agree with 4 Judges outburst on CJI? Is it fair on their part to air publically in a press meet instead solving this thru President of India? What for one judge met D.Raja of CPI and give a political twist to this ongoing tussle, why Congress jumps in this bandwagon.Is it because CJI was appointed by Modi?

A: I don't see anything wrong as they spoke about making judiciary stronger so that democracy doesn't suffer. I am sure they will be able to sort it out amongst themselves.

rajagopal

Chennai 24-01-2018

Q: Dear Prabhu, I am the reader of the Indian Express for the past 4 decades. I am very sorry to note that one of the sister of concerns of yours M/s Dinamani arranged a meet with Mr Vairamuthu, whose article on Andal who is revered as Goddess Lakshmi by millions of people published in the Dinamani affected the sentiments of the millions of Hindu devotees. I can understand Mr Vairamuthu but it is shocking the Indian Express group is silent. Political parties of the country particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu feel they can attack the Hindu gods AND in the name of press freedom, your group also yielding to it. Will it not be shame?

A: Let us treat it as a case of harmless freedom of expression without malice towards anyone.

Naren Acharya

Toronto, Canada 24-01-2018

Q: I live in Toronto, Canada. We all know corruption is the biggest problem in India becoming the main obstacle in it’s progress and we all want to fight against it. Media like newspapers, magazines, social networks, entertainment platforms can be a big help if they support in this movement. We a group of few friends would like to start this movement and request you and all other media to support us. I am sure, this small initiative by us would encourage all Indians to come out and fight together. We have few ideas to start with a simple slogan “Don’t Take Don’t Give, Make India Corruption Free”. We want this slogan to circulate in whole India through newspapers, posters, and all medias listed above. This movement should be completely violence free only by making people understand how this can be achieved and what to do in the circumstances where corruption occurs. We need to put the examples of many situations where we grab money or give money to clear our work. It’s tough to get result but not impossible. We may have to face many challenges but should be ready to sacrifice part of our life. We can send few formats to show the slogan and would like to select one or modify it to make it more effective. The same picture will be shown on all the newspapers of India and on social screens. We request you to spare ½ page to make this slogan appear in all your publications in the same format. Are you ready to help us and your children to live in better India?

A: Great idea. Let us look at your suggestions before making any commitment.

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