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.

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

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

It’s PM vs CM in vicious Karnataka poll war

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

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

Curb bullies and let Padmaavat fade away

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

Nationalist tough Troika hug to fight terror

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

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

Expect Congress-BJP tussle for Hindutva in 2019

Secularism is dead. The epitaph of pseudo-secularism has been written in the palimpsest of Indian politics.

24 Dec 2017

In name of FOE, polls become a tryst with invective

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

Distortion of Hindu icons shows lust for lucre

Jean-Luc Godard, the disruptionist filmmaker, could well have been referring to the day’s film of fury, Padmavati.

19 Nov 2017

Endgame in twin turfs will minimise or maximise NaMo and RaGa; more or less

Elections used to be the statistician’s nightmare, the bookie’s delight and the astrologer’s meal ticket.

12 Nov 2017

As world unites over terror-driven immigration fears, Indian liberals cry Hindu wolf

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

05 Nov 2017

To be David, Rahul needs more than sarcastic sallies against Goliath Modi to score in 2019

Reinvention is the stepmother of necessity with both the markets and the masses.

29 Oct 2017

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

Time to drop religion from names to make BHU and AMU academically pre-eminent

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

Political and business greed is sabotaging education with caste, crime and calumny

The horror stories that regularly come out of various campuses, colleges and even schools indicate that many of India’s teaching institutions are fast losing the tag of ‘temples of learning’.

01 Oct 2017

With airmiles and addresses, RaGa must sustain his connect to party and people

The paradox of politics is that leaders make history with politically incorrect high-profile actions to assume power.

24 Sep 2017

Ignore ill-liberals, treat Rohingyas unwanted by Islamic nations as security threat

No two letters tickle or titillate India’s bleeding heart elite than M for Muslim and K for Kashmir. Legitimate and well-documented criticism of extremists and stone-pelters and illegal immigrants suc

17 Sep 2017

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