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.

BJP aims to minimise Mamata to maximise Modi magic

The BJP’s trademark strategy of Polarize and Pulverize is being unleashed on Mamataland to force voters to choose between minority-positive TMC and pro-Hindutva BJP.

10 Feb 2019

Dole to doldrums is India’s unequal growth story

India is a classic example where power players use bad economics for good politics for harvesting votes during the elections.

03 Feb 2019

From following rules, poll politics is just to rule 

During the heady days of post-Independence nation-building, Indian politics was defined as a battle of beliefs between ideologies and parties.

13 Jan 2019

New 2019 charter for NaMo to revive unfulfilled India

Dear Narendrabhai, I’m sure you must’ve done enough introspection on your gains and losses in your first term as the prime minister of the first single-party majority government in three decades.

06 Jan 2019

Captain Imran his own POW in minorities battle

It is not often that a cricket captain on the field is demoted to an Army captain on the political battlefield. Cricket is a game of chance.

30 Dec 2018

Retired babus write for doublespeak relevance

It is not every superannuated panjandrum who is blessed with a well-paid intellectual armchair at a think tank or a new incarnation in some government body.

23 Dec 2018

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

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

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

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

Tainted Congress no Julius to Modi’s Caesar’s wife

After a long spell of vote bank tears, the Indian National Congress is now laughing all the way to the bank.

18 Feb 2018

Budget of big ideas and big hurdles

Every year, the presentation of the Union Budget is nothing more than an unbearable cacophony of Band, Baja and Baraat.

04 Feb 2018

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

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