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.
History casts long shadows. The atavistic fear of every democracy is of dictatorship spreading its dark wing over individual liberty.
10 Jun 2018
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
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
The robustness of the constitution of a nation’s polity depends on the robustness of its Constitution.
20 May 2018
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
Is this state poll a battle for restoring Karnataka’s pride?
06 May 2018
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
Mario Puzo would have felt at home in today’s India; so would have Vito Corleone and Luca Brasi.
08 Apr 2018
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
Political arithmetic is best suited to an abacus with an agenda, calculated for gain and gained with calculations.
11 Mar 2018
After a long spell of vote bank tears, the Indian National Congress is now laughing all the way to the bank.
18 Feb 2018
It is a cardinal rule of public confrontation that the flagitious adjectivisation of politics leads to hyperbole and hostility. The bilious beginning of an 18-month electoral battle has marked the yea
11 Feb 2018
Every year, the presentation of the Union Budget is nothing more than an unbearable cacophony of Band, Baja and Baraat.
04 Feb 2018
It’s better to allow Padmaavat to lapse into obscurity as just another film which Tinseltown has churned out rather than one which can change the political colours of India.
28 Jan 2018
Hugplomacy is the connectivity stickum of today’s global leaders who maintain a tight grip on the Rubik’s cube of realpolitik.
21 Jan 2018
Time divides the past, the present and the future. But perception and performance perpetuate continuity.
07 Jan 2018
Secularism is dead. The epitaph of pseudo-secularism has been written in the palimpsest of Indian politics.
24 Dec 2017
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
Jean-Luc Godard, the disruptionist filmmaker, could well have been referring to the day’s film of fury, Padmavati.
19 Nov 2017
Elections used to be the statistician’s nightmare, the bookie’s delight and the astrologer’s meal ticket.
12 Nov 2017
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
05 Nov 2017
Reinvention is the stepmother of necessity with both the markets and the masses.
29 Oct 2017
Diwali this year in Delhi was quieter than the last.
22 Oct 2017
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