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.
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
Mario Puzo would have felt at home in today’s India; so would have Vito Corleone and Luca Brasi.
08 Apr 2018
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
Political arithmetic is best suited to an abacus with an agenda, calculated for gain and gained with calculations.
11 Mar 2018
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 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
Every year, the presentation of the Union Budget is nothing more than an unbearable cacophony of Band, Baja and Baraat.
04 Feb 2018
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
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
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
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
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