Ask Prabhu

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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Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 29-05-2018

Q: Despite Modi government completing its four years, why is job creation is still an issue and when will fugitives like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya be brought to the book?

A: Fugitives like NiMo and Mallya have nothing to do with job creation. In fact, they have left behind many thousands persons jobless employees behind by indulging in financial irregularities. Modi had promised to create over 10 million jobs per year but he has fallen short of his target for various reasons. Voters are expected to ask such inconvenient questions in a democracy.


bengaluru 29-05-2018

Q: Taking into consideration the recent Karnataka election where the sudden coalition arrangement is in place to grab power, is it not time to amend the Constitution to the effect that in future, single largest party would only form government in any election? This should prevent all the dirty games of political parties in such situations. Furthermore whenever there is no clear two-third majority, the duration of single largest party to should be 3 years instead of 5.  

A: Politicians know how to break laws and interpret some to suit their convenience. Even in the recent past various Supreme Court verdict have been used by many political parties to justify their acts. We need politicians who believe in ethics. If a single largest party enjoys the support of less than 40 percent of the MLAs can that party provide a stable government. We have to stop horse trading for forming any government. 


palani TN 29-05-2018

Q: What is wrong in PM Modi accepting Virat Kohli's fitness challenge? Why is he being criticised by Rahul Gandhi and Tejashwi Yadav. All these critics are younger than PM Modi. They should accept Virat's challenge and prove their physique instead of playing cheap politics?  

A: Virat Kohli and others are providing entertainment for all of us. We don’t have to advertise every hobby of ours. By the way both Tejashwi and Rahul are quite health freak and can beat anyone when it comes to any challenge regarding fitness exercises. We have to talk about politics of healthy fitness which is sadly missing. 


Chennai 29-05-2018

Q: Now that the fuel prices have hit the sky, PM Modi is doing nothing to contain it. If the same trend continues BJP is sure to bite the dust. What is preventing BJP from bringing the petrol under GST?  

A: Nothing can hit the sky as we don’t know how far it is. But petroleum product prices are definitely unreasonably high due to high taxes imposed by the both the central and state governments. Silence of both the BJP and the opposition parties on this issue is quite perplexing as they get maximum revenue from excise duty on diesel and petrol. 


Chennai 29-05-2018

Q: By supporting JD (S), Congress has thwarted any attempt of federal front. I feel by doing so, the grand old party has lost its authority to lead the coalition against BJP and is reduced to the level of a regional party. What is your opinion on this?

A: There no permanent friends or enemies in politics. The strike opportunistic deals to acquire power by fair and fould means. Wait till 2019 and you will witness many games.