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.

Karnataka 2023 enters Indian 2024 game

Historically, the results of a state election don't determine the outcome of national elections.

23 Apr 2023

Child’s play politics in Congress

Two decades later, his only son is seeking the support of the Gandhis to claim his legitimate right. 

16 Apr 2023

Weak diplomats sabotaging Vishwa Guru push

The current envoy Vikram Doraiswami is known more for his social skills among London’s elite than for promoting bonding with Indian communities.

02 Apr 2023

Save Sikh patriotism from Khalistan conspirators

Centuries later, Bhindranwale—fully sponsored by ISI and Pakistan —appeared to don their mantle.

26 Mar 2023

BJP’s actions amplify Rahul’s prominence

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about -- Oscar Wilde

19 Mar 2023

Sunak bets on Islamic scare vote

The rhetoric of the PM and his staunch anti-Asian Home secretary Suella Braverman is driven not only by economic concerns but also by a worry over the social fallout of unrestricted immigration.

12 Mar 2023

Past and present taint keeps opposition divided

The opposition stands divided to destroy one another.

05 Mar 2023

Nadda’s charm and second chance for a third wave

The BJP has been in power at the Centre for nine years and five years in many states.

22 Jan 2023

To win 2024 BJP needs maximum Modi 

Prime Minister Modi has changed the narrative of Indian politics from dynasty to meritocracy, entitlement to quiet effort, and individual fiefdoms to a redeemed republic.

15 Jan 2023

Ram, Rupee and Rahul Unite for Bharat Yatra

By walking away from the memory of past failures, Rahul has bet on future success. But he is missing the charisma to convert sass into votes and seats.

08 Jan 2023

Saffron dilution stokes dissent in BJP ranks

Communication is consolation. But when powerful persons cry foul about the vices of others while trumpeting their own virtues, the tone for prurient power play is set.

20 Jun 2021

Self abasement debases Election Commission

Political power pivots on mission with vision. When Election Commission’s mission is omission, emissions of doubt cloud people’s faith in democratic institutions.

18 Apr 2021

Calling for Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Budget

The Budget is mainly optics — a choreographed photo-op because it is mainly a statement of Central income and expenditure.

31 Jan 2021

$5 trillion high five for thrice lucky Modi in 2024

 For Modi, Thinking Big is a small part of his Monumental Mind. But his administrative and political apparatus lets him down in implementation

10 Jul 2019

Kamdar Modi morphs Namdar dynasties

It also marks the final fall of the Nehru-Gandhi clan.

29 May 2019