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.

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

To redeem rural India in lament, destroy the elitist mindset of pro-corporate politics

Centre has decided to double farmers’ income by 2022 by improving technology, increasing milk production, use of solar light, honey production.

11 Jun 2017

To counter liberal attacks against PM, demolish harmful Hindutva hijackers who taint Sangh

Debate by deflection distorts dissent. Discourse in any vibrant, healthy democracy involves the constant catechism between facts and alternatives.

04 Jun 2017

More work for skilled and wealth for entrepreneurs as Modinomics cuts bloated government

“We have tried to give new perspective to employment as it is not possible to provide employment to everyone in a country of 125 crore people.

28 May 2017

For biggest slice of ad pie, media places histrionics and sycophancy over credible news

As news organisations place bottom lines and valuations above bylines and validity of news in dictating the nature of content, media personalities are at war with one another.

21 May 2017

As scandals undermine opposition power, unity mirage can’t block saffron surge in 2019

Something is rotten in the state of the Opposition.

14 May 2017

To tackle terror and desperation in the Valley, Modi needs to think about bullet for stone

In democracy, the ballot and not the bullet is the wonder weapon best suited to resolve conflicts and replace governments.

30 Apr 2017

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