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.

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

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

Power-deprived Congress defectors seek power and perks in BJP’s saffron pastures

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

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

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

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

Asian Games 2018