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.

Modi’s hat-trick in 2024 linked to disaffection driven defections

Every movement has its master, mission and momentum.

22 May 2022

The age of loudspeaker plainspeak, prodigious economists and prodigal babus

Don’t be under the assumption that Bulldozer Baba is dozing after his stupendous comeback.

01 May 2022

Congress needs grassroots not grasshoppers like PK

The Gandhis-led Congress is on Mission Crutchfinder to find its feet again. Repeated poll debacles, plummeting popularity and inconsistency are pushing them to seek saviours outside the party.

24 Apr 2022

Young wine in old bottles to revive Congress

The only hope is a bunch of young leaders from modest backgrounds who are keeping the Congress flag flying because historically the IYC is the party’s best guerrilla squad.

30 Jan 2022

Maim and tame hate monetising tech moguls

Sulli deals and Bulli Bai detonated in the online space, aimed at communal polarisation and humiliation of Muslim women whose doctored pictures inviting buyers were posted.

09 Jan 2022

Modi moves mountains and molehills to master machinations

As a practice, MoSs are never invited to Cabinet meetings and hardly get a chance to meet the PM unless they are specially called.

02 Jan 2022

Dithering & sycophantic COVID experts endanger brand Modi

Prevention is better than cure is an adage apt for the times since delaying vaccinations is procrastination without justification.

19 Dec 2021

Stop capital drain with better opportunities at home

In 1025, the great Tamil emperor Rajendra Chola I was the first Indian ruler to take his forces beyond the frontiers of Bharatvarsha.

12 Dec 2021

Babu juggling Modi wants jab record, Didi flops in Mumbai

The authorities are also scratching their heads trying to figure the sudden fall in the vaccination pace.

05 Dec 2021

Modi keeps apparatchiks biting their nails in suspense

The decision making happens at the top and goes downwards for implementation. Previously the apathetic apparatchiks were privy to senior-level appointments.

14 Nov 2021

Loyalists rewarded but up is down in Western UP

A current survey predicts the BJP winning a maximum of 245 seats if there is no further erosion of caste support in its ranks.

07 Nov 2021

Parenting crisis in Aryan (Khan) civilisation

The reengineering of the institution of the Indian family seems responsible for the slow and steady slide of Indian Youngistan into addiction.

24 Oct 2021

Casteing the vote bank no more a leadership mantra

When Akhilesh Yadav became Uttar Pradesh's youngest chief minister after demolishing Mayawati, it wasn't considered a victory of caste but a defeat of a failed leader.

17 Oct 2021

Modi @20 invokes political Hindutva tandav on secularism

If the Congress is aggressively following Hinduism, can other parties be far behind?

10 Oct 2021

Crisis in Congress: Lackeys in luck as control freak Gandhi Parivar plays the piper

From Indira Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi, the family has been calling the shots and dictating the terms of engagement and entitlement for its leaders and workers.

03 Oct 2021