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.

Protect number one in game of three

Highly moderated and sensitively crafted opinion polls and exit polls have given their verdict with formidable riders that alter the final outcome.

09 Dec 2018

Army puppet Imran Khan is an India-baiting poppet

Diplomacy is not 22 yards between two wickets where history is made and unmade.

02 Dec 2018

New national order to emerge from state elections

They will also shake and shape the present stature of Narendra Modi and his tested and trusted party president, Amit Shah.

25 Nov 2018

Repudiate agnostic opportunity as holy cause

In the universe of faith, atheists and believers are planets apart.

18 Nov 2018

For God’s sake, politics now is band, baaja, Bharat 

In ideal statecraft, good religion and good politics complement each other. However, in New Age politics, God is the mascot of vote-catching, not a fisher of souls.

28 Oct 2018

Local dynasty or failed Pakistan no option for Kashmiri GenNext

Kashmir is no longer the paradise on earth Emperor Jehangir had visualised, but a slice of sunshine has fallen on its besieged streets and terror-darkened vales.

14 Oct 2018

Rahul must follow the regionals to be national

However, unlike the stock market that is dominated by 30 super duper blue chip companies, the political market is ruled by bantam regional outfits.

07 Oct 2018

Dirty Rafale war mirrors Bofors as forces bleed

The current kerfuffle over the Rs 57,000 crore Rafale deal signed with France by the NDA government is the Bofors Redux of this age

30 Sep 2018

RSS ends isolation to project its own India

Isolation petrifies ideas even as ideology is the Petri dish of ideation.

16 Sep 2018

BJP needs saffron literati against Congress authors

If politics is the war of ideologies, literature is the battleground of ideas.

08 Sep 2018

A Secular, Nationalist & Liberal Hindu

Even in death, he remains above any party or organisation. Ultimately he belonged to India. It is Vajpayee Shining

17 Aug 2018

Bengal Durga rallies regional pals in PM prototype

It is evident that TMC is all set to convert next year's poll battle into a face-off between Modi and Mamata. Maya doesn't have the numbers.

05 Aug 2018

Love and God in new Congress age

If the latest developments in the 132-year-old Congress Party are an indication, a churning process has begun within that could intensify into massive change.

22 Jul 2018

Powerful panjandrums pulverise people

Management guru Dale Dauten’s maxim, “Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits”, describes the amoebic Indian babudom perfectly. As an organism parented by itself, it keep

01 Jul 2018

Dispel fear clouds for convincing comeback

History casts long shadows. The atavistic fear of every democracy is of dictatorship spreading its dark wing over individual liberty.

10 Jun 2018

Pranab@RSS pulverises partisan pundits

The substratum of politics is ideology. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s bedrock is the 93-year-old very Bharatiya Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)—hate it or ignore it at your peril.

03 Jun 2018

Handling perception is Modi’s biggest challenge

Last week, almost the entire Opposition descended on Bengaluru to forge the blueprint of an alliance which will try to dislodge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019.

27 May 2018

Appoint clean governors with credibility

The robustness of the constitution of a nation’s polity depends on the robustness of its Constitution.

20 May 2018

RaGa’s PM ambition trapped in coalition cage

Some are born leaders, some achieve leadership and some have leadership thrust upon them. Then, there are leaders who unknowingly thrust themselves upon others.

13 May 2018

Deploying derision over development

Is this state poll a battle for restoring Karnataka’s pride?

06 May 2018

Playing politics with tragedy mutilates identity of Bharat

It’s politics stupid. The calamitous consequences and toxic implications of the rape and slaughter of innocent minors, sexual predators flourishing in entertainment and sports, suspicious deaths and l

15 Apr 2018

All-pervasive mafia crippling idea of New India

Mario Puzo would have felt at home in today’s India; so would have Vito Corleone and Luca Brasi.

08 Apr 2018

Opposition chooses backdoor communalism vs Modi

Since India is in poll mode almost every year, political rivals continue to repackage previous promises and apply new spins to old issues.

01 Apr 2018

Opposition goulash with Modi on the menu

Political arithmetic is best suited to an abacus with an agenda, calculated for gain and gained with calculations.

11 Mar 2018