Power and Politics

Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 30 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.

Despite green light to turn off red lights, threat to survival of sanity in governance lingers

For a while now, High Visibility with Low Acceptability sums up the incipient image of the Very Important Person (VIP) in India.

23 Apr 2017

Modi proves a right mix of religion and economics is the new recipe for growth

Money multipliers survive by promoting the belief that good economics is bad politics.

16 Apr 2017

Opposition parties seek grand unity to be relevant in presidential election

They should have paid more attention to the proverb right at the beginning. But they refused to stand united and, so, divided they fell and got bruised, if not battered.

09 Apr 2017

Sinking Congress awaits coronation of inaccessible RaGa to survive and challenge Modi

Will he? Won’t he? Once, that million-dollar question used to be aimed at Prince Charles, heir-in-waiting to the British throne for the last 65 years.

02 Apr 2017

By choosing Yogi, PM chants his mantra of maximum governance through minimum age

The success of a great leader lies in cloning more leaders and not just adding to an unending list of followers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most followed leader in the world in the social med

26 Mar 2017

Martyrs’ self-respect and honour must be adopted as a national mission

Akshay Kumar is Bollywood’s Khiladi No 1. Saina Nehwal is a national khiladi in the audacious arena of sports.

19 Mar 2017

Nation has mandated you for the tallest perch with your much inclusive 2019 mission

Dear Narendrabhai, Victory burnishes halos of leaders with the glow of achievement and dispels the shadows of self-doubt.

12 Mar 2017

Unity of India a casualty of new campus protests supporting divisive agendas

“University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.”

05 Mar 2017

Yoga trinity discovers kinship between puja of politics and science of religion

Yoga is the new religion. It is India’s patented art of wellbeing, untouched by the toxic taint of communalism.

26 Feb 2017

Success of regional successors may help RaGa take on NaMo in 2019

Spring is in the political air. The autumn of the patriarchs is fading into the winter of public oblivion.

19 Feb 2017

Collective will of a few to decide Modi’s majority mojo in the war of five states

For the first time, state elections have become a barometer to measure the popularity of a national leader.

12 Feb 2017

The trend of mauling nationalism and tarring genuine history must be reversed

History is not a floating romance. And nationalism is not just a notion. Yet for decades, the liberal narrative has romanticised history at the cost of nationalist notions.

29 Jan 2017

RaGa needs political masons to restore rusted congress edifice before its time is up

Dynasty stared into the abyss and the abyss stared back at the Congress party.

22 Jan 2017

Exception rules the dynastic rule that inheritors shrink their political parties

Rebellion precedes revolution, like one that pre-election Uttar Pradesh witnessed when Akhilesh Yadav revolted against the fraternal designs of his father.

15 Jan 2017

Separated by chasm of national ambitions, Modi and Nitish made for each other

Both political leaders are experts in playing mind games with each other, as well as with their associates

08 Jan 2017

Power players, corporate caliphs, media mavens must promise to be good in 2017

2016 has ended with a bang. 2017 promises to be thunderous. Vows of 2015 were mostly forgotten in the Wows of 2016.

01 Jan 2017

Rahul has become a headline bandit with constant cannonade against Modi

Staying in the news is one way to become the news. Rahul Gandhi has become a headline bandit with constant cannonade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

25 Dec 2016

Expanding war on black money to shady political funds will burnish PM’s halo

Money makes the mare go, but the nightmare of black money doesn’t go away from politics. Perceptively, there is nothing white in raj neeti.

18 Dec 2016

Jaya moved up from party’s no. 5 in 1988 to no. 1 as India’s most enigmatic woman CM

Jayalalithaa is dead. Long live Amma. From a damsel in distress to the dominant deity of Tamil politics, Jayaram Jayalalithaa’s life was a tale of both victory and heartbreak.

11 Dec 2016

With cash cleanup, Modi the FMPP expands his brand into unexplored markets

Mystery is the imprimatur of any mass leader’s mystique.

27 Nov 2016

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