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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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bengaluru 16-04-2018

Q: Rahul Gandhi talks about issues with confidence that he would be the next Prime Minister. Even the media is giving him too much coverage? What will the opposition parties achieve in case he becomes the PM even if Congress does not get majority? Isn't it hypocrisy on the part of AAP, CPM, BSP, SP and TMC to merge with Congress instead of pretending to be different?  

A: Opposition parties are in politics not for charity but for grabbing power. There's nothing like hypocrisy in politics. If PDP and BJP can form a government in J&K, if SP and BSP can come together in UP, what is wrong in if tall the non-BJP parties fight Modi together? Both of us cant decide on their behalf? 

C V Ganesh

CHENNAI-600040 16-04-2018

Q: Why can't we have a bank exclusively to take care of the educational needs of the poor?  

A: There are many institutions and departments which disburse money for scholarships meant for the poor. Why do you want to create another one which may become a source of corruption?

Vikramjit Singh

Amritsar, Punjab 16-04-2018

Q: Every upper middle class family has more than one car in their homes. How can we guide them to have only one car in order to de-congest the traffic on roads?  

A: Is it like family planning. If two members of a family go to different workplaces at different times, how can you force them to use one car? To prevent traffic jams, we must build a clean and dependable public transport system and make cars more expensive by increasing the rate of interest on car loans. 


Bengaluru 16-04-2018

Q: Is Congress so desperate for power that it is going on to encourage caste violence by Dalits on the SC/ST ruling?

A: Everything is fair in love, war and politics. 

Srikrishnan Jayaraman

Bangalore 04-04-2018

Q: GSAT -6A : Accident? Sabotage? Or new age space warfare? For a very successful ISRO that has launched countless satellites to text book precision (with far greater successes with PSLVs than GSLVs), losing contact seems an elementary problem. Given the fact the usage of the satellite in intended orbit was primarily for military use, it may be more than a simple accident. Could it be a sabotage to not let India use this militarily very helpful satellite that will help us guard our borders better? Worse still, did our enemy states plan a hostile takeover of a fully functional and newly minted satellite? For a hostile neighbor, China to be precise, it would be a coup of sorts.

A: Don’t spread rumours. It was  just one of those technical errors which ISRO couldn’t handle. They are doing a great job and don’t spoil their image.