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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.

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Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 25-06-2018

Q: How can plastic use be completely eliminated, taking into consideration that only a few eco-friendly alternatives are available?  

A: How were we dealing when there wasn’t any plastic 50 years ago? All of us used to carry our own jute or cloth bags for carrying vegetables and other goods.


Palani TN 25-06-2018

Q: Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee's RSS meet is a bone or bane to BJP/Congress. Why this heartburn to Congress? I feel Mukherjee has proved himself as a Stateman? What is your view?  

A: He spoke his mind and none should be worried about what he does or doesn’t. Every speech or incident doesn’t need to be politicized.


BENGALURU 25-06-2018

Q: Did Modi really make a statement to the effect that he would recover all black money and distribute about Rs 15 lakh to all Indians? Or was he only estimating the black money amount? What is the correct version of his election speech?    

A: Please do some research on Google you would get the right answer. He did make a promise to bring back the black money which would been Rs 15 lakh per family. But it was more to influence the voters. To be fair to him, he has curbed the creation of black money and has brought many more people under the tax net. Tax evasion has now become a very costly affair.

Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 25-06-2018

Q: We recently witnessed bypoll results in which BJP suffered a huge setback by winning just 2 seats. Is the BJP too reliant on PM Modi's popularity? Is that why there is no scope for the build-up of local state leaders because they want to avoid competition in the party, and is this somehow costing them abysmally?  

A: Frankly, BJP can’t win any election without Modi. He is the BJP. Amit Shah has created a great organisation but people vote for BJP because of Modi. If he loses his personal charisma, the BJP would suffer as well.


Palani TN 29-05-2018

Q: Is it fair on Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy's part to say that he is at the mercy of Congress and not to the 6.5 crore Karnataka people?

A: For a change a politician is speaking the truth. He deserves full marks for being honest. Voters of Karnataka gave him less than 20 percent seats.