Power and Politics

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.

Nationalist tough Troika hug to fight terror

Hugplomacy is the connectivity stickum of today’s global leaders who maintain a tight grip on the Rubik’s cube of realpolitik.

22 hours ago

Tensile ten who will make or break parties in 2018 polls

Time divides the past, the present and the future. But perception and performance perpetuate continuity.

07 Jan 2018

Expect Congress-BJP tussle for Hindutva in 2019

Secularism is dead. The epitaph of pseudo-secularism has been written in the palimpsest of Indian politics.

24 Dec 2017

In name of FOE, polls become a tryst with invective

In the election carnival, FOE (Freedom of Expression) is a harried Harlequin. Fiction parades as fact. Truth assumes the guise of untruth.

26 Nov 2017

Distortion of Hindu icons shows lust for lucre

Jean-Luc Godard, the disruptionist filmmaker, could well have been referring to the day’s film of fury, Padmavati.

19 Nov 2017

Endgame in twin turfs will minimise or maximise NaMo and RaGa; more or less

Elections used to be the statistician’s nightmare, the bookie’s delight and the astrologer’s meal ticket.

12 Nov 2017

As world unites over terror-driven immigration fears, Indian liberals cry Hindu wolf

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

05 Nov 2017

To be David, Rahul needs more than sarcastic sallies against Goliath Modi to score in 2019

Reinvention is the stepmother of necessity with both the markets and the masses.

29 Oct 2017

Crack down on cars not crackers and save ecology and heritage from cultural quislings

Diwali this year in Delhi was quieter than the last.

22 Oct 2017

Time to drop religion from names to make BHU and AMU academically pre-eminent

Reading the tea leaves of history, it is evident that events and actions of the past dictate the narrative of the future.

15 Oct 2017

Political and business greed is sabotaging education with caste, crime and calumny

The horror stories that regularly come out of various campuses, colleges and even schools indicate that many of India’s teaching institutions are fast losing the tag of ‘temples of learning’.

01 Oct 2017

With airmiles and addresses, RaGa must sustain his connect to party and people

The paradox of politics is that leaders make history with politically incorrect high-profile actions to assume power.

24 Sep 2017

Ignore ill-liberals, treat Rohingyas unwanted by Islamic nations as security threat

No two letters tickle or titillate India’s bleeding heart elite than M for Muslim and K for Kashmir. Legitimate and well-documented criticism of extremists and stone-pelters and illegal immigrants suc

17 Sep 2017

Instead of reshuffles in Delhi, PM must allot ministers to states to change the narrative

Today is the day of reckoning for the ministerial class in Delhi.

03 Sep 2017

Spiritual caste divisions create gurus with Moolah, Hooplah and violent followers

Legend has it that Adi Shankara was taught by the low caste Chandala that all beings in the world are one and the same.

27 Aug 2017

As champion of Muslim women, BJP to polarise gender by winning hearts and votes

Narendra Modi is preparing the ground for Muslim women to live life as equals of their counterparts in other faiths and communities.

20 Aug 2017

Power-deprived Congress defectors seek power and perks in BJP’s saffron pastures

Power and principles make strange bedfellows in the politics of negotiation. Show a leader a throne, and Presto!—old principles are magically replaced by newly invented values.

30 Jul 2017

Free Indian foreign policy from Nehruvian dialogue habit to trap China-Pakistan Axis

India hasn’t changed the way it deals with its pugnacious neighbour.

16 Jul 2017

NaMo’s hugs and handshakes diplomacy defies interpretation and mocks convention

A handshake with history is every leader’s passion; embracing destiny is a prerogative. India’s frequent flyer prime minister, Narendra Modi, does the first with the second.

09 Jul 2017

In cine-led tamil politics, Rajini could be the enigma force for BJP’s power drive

Reinvention is the survival mantra in both politics and cinema.

25 Jun 2017

Spirit, not just letter of the Constitution, will decide Modi’s prez for smooth agenda

Size doesn’t matter. Not on Raisina Hill. Or else, the might of the President of India would have towered over the Prime Minister in the architecture of power.

18 Jun 2017