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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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BENGALURU 03-10-2018

Q: Is Rahul Gandhi really getting invites from Foreign Universities/Institutes to speak voluntarily or is it pre-arranged/pre-paid or quid pro quo for future help from Indian Government when Congress forms a Government?

A: I don’t have any details. But all political leaders including from the BJP get invited to address forums controlled by their sympathizers abroad. But in the case of top leaders like Rahul, it is the party which bears all the expenses.


uk 03-10-2018

Q: Sir, Is it true that 15 police officers were convicted for their connivance in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi? To be honest, I feel the full details of who and how many were responsible in his assassination has not been entirely disclosed to the public by the media if not the government.

A: I have haven't heard of any policeman being arrested/involved in Rajiv's tragic assassination. If you have any evidence or credible information please forward it to us. Otherwise, don’t spread rumours for which you can face police action.


Kanyakumari 03-10-2018

Q: Sir, as you have your birthplace roots in Pakistan and you came to India during partition what you think of NRC in Assam?

A: Please improve your knowledge. There was no Pakistan and I was born as an Indian citizen. My birthplace was part of India. NRC deals with persons who infiltrated into India from other countries and not those who were born in any one of the Indian states.

Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 03-10-2018

Q: Why the various governments are hell-bent on renaming the cities and states, instead of looking and solving the core issues like population control, water crisis, unemployment, garbage and sewage management etc? After all, renaming won't change the geography and infrastructure of the city. What's your take on this?

A: Indians believe in idol worship. And political leaders win elections by promoting religious, caste, community leaders. However, there is nothing wrong in naming cities or other institutions after eminent statesman and leaders for future generations. It is done all over the World.


bengaluru 03-10-2018

Q: Sir, going by media debates and discussions, incidents such as rape and lynching have been happening only after 2014 and prior to that country was totally peaceful! Do you think opposition parties and those, in some section of media, will succeed in such kind of narrative?

A: Earlier it wasn’t reported by TV channels. Such heinous crimes are a blot on our country but using it for politics is a bigger crime. But such is Indian politics.


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