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.
Every year, the presentation of the Union Budget is nothing more than an unbearable cacophony of Band, Baja and Baraat.
04 Feb 2018
Time divides the past, the present and the future. But perception and performance perpetuate continuity.
07 Jan 2018
Diwali this year in Delhi was quieter than the last.
22 Oct 2017
The paradox of politics is that leaders make history with politically incorrect high-profile actions to assume power.
24 Sep 2017
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
Power and principles make strange bedfellows in the politics of negotiation. Show a leader a throne, and Presto!—old principles are magically replaced by newly invented values.
30 Jul 2017
India hasn’t changed the way it deals with its pugnacious neighbour.
16 Jul 2017
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
Dear Narendrabhai, Victory burnishes halos of leaders with the glow of achievement and dispels the shadows of self-doubt.
12 Mar 2017
“University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.”
05 Mar 2017
Yoga is the new religion. It is India’s patented art of wellbeing, untouched by the toxic taint of communalism.
26 Feb 2017
Spring is in the political air. The autumn of the patriarchs is fading into the winter of public oblivion.
19 Feb 2017