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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Achuta Bhat

Bangalore 22-05-2018

Q: People of Karnataka have given a mandate in such a way that no government can be formed without resorting to horse trading. With such similar cases occurring earlier too, why is this practise still prevalent?  While Yedyurappa failed to get his numbers and resigned as CM with accusations of buying MLAs of other parties, Kumaraswami has been bribed with the CM post itself by the Congress. Do we really want such a system?

A: Holding another election would cost much more in terms of both governance and money. Kumaraswamy fought as a Chief Minister candidate. Since every thing is fair in love, war and politics, I find coalition a lesser evil than a fresh election. What is the surety of getting a better chief minister?

Amandeep Singh

Tanda Urmar,Hoshiarpur,Punjab 22-05-2018

Q: We have seen large-scale violence during the West Bengal panchayat polls,with 26 casualties. Why have the Election Commission and the state government been not able to unable to control the situation?    

A: Violence and elections are made for each other in West Bengal. It is much less than what used to happen in late 70s and 80s. Next generation may be much more peaceful and democratic.

Narendra M Apte

PUNE 22-05-2018

Q: First-Past-the-Post rule has once again led to startling results in Karnataka Assembly election, with the Congress party securing more percentage of total votes but less number of seats. Do you think that we have to adopt system of proportional representation for say 33% of seats in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies?

A: Proportional representation will never provide a stable government as rarely does any poltical party gets more than 50 percent of the polled votes. India and its people will be ruled by an opportunistic alliance and not the ones based on any ideological compatibilities.


Palani TN 22-05-2018

Q: Karnataka's fractured mandate is out with JDS-Congress combine claiming that BJP is wooing their MLAs with Rs.100 crore to side with them. Ex-CM Siddaramaiah says Modi has instigated to poach with all means. Do you believe Modi would have been involved when he is against horse trading and luring money?

A: Since the BJP made a very strong pitch for putting together a majority, a section of the opposition definitely feels that the local party leadership wouldn’t have done it without the approval of the central leadership.


BENGALURU 22-05-2018

Q: Do you agree and endorse the dirty tricks played by politicians to grab power by hook or crook?    

A: Even if I don’t, do you think these dirty politicians will refrain from indulging in such dirty politics? Only voters have elected a majority led government. Let us not blame politicians. Their mission is not to grab power by all means-fair or foul.