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.

Ideology-free alliances dilute central grip on diversity 

Alliances and divorces are common in India’s electoral marriage bureaus. In 1977, ideologically inimical parties combined to defeat Indira to save democracy

13 Nov 2019

Big brotherhood of tech power bugging democracy

With little robust legal protection against Big Brother with Big Ears, any entity with money power can misuse technology to get the dope on all Indians

06 Nov 2019

Record drum roll in states signals Modi 3.0

The PM doesn’t believe in the adage that in politics, you lose some and win some. His numerical nuances are not about a simple majority any more

23 Oct 2019

Sharad Pawar survived Gandhi Parivar. But will 'Modi menace' diminish his power?

Sharad Pawar is now going through the darkest phase of his career. He survived the Gandhi Parivar. But will the Modi menace diminish his power?

02 Oct 2019

Modi converts minor Chandrayaan setback into a Nationalist pride

This is yet another example of how PM Modi invents new slogans and schemes, which not only acquire national eminence but also become people’s movements

11 Sep 2019

India needs more Lakhpatis and not Arabpatis

For the past 28 years, the managers of our economy have forced successive govts to pamper so-called wealth creators in the name of reforms

04 Sep 2019

Keep Air India flying, not fleeing tycoons and bad banks

Why should an airline which owns every fourth commercial aircraft that flies in India, carries every sixth passenger and earns over `71 crore a day be handed over to a private entity?

17 Jul 2019

$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

Opportunity to junk Kashmir’s Articles of bad faith

The need of the hour is One India and One Constitution. Delimitation and abrogation of the paralytic Articles 370 and 35A are ideas whose time has definitely come.

03 Jul 2019

Kamdar Modi morphs Namdar dynasties

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

29 May 2019

Pranab@RSS pulverises partisan pundits

The substratum of politics is ideology. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s bedrock is the 93-year-old very Bharatiya Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)—hate it or ignore it at your peril.

03 Jun 2018

Appoint clean governors with credibility

The robustness of the constitution of a nation’s polity depends on the robustness of its Constitution.

20 May 2018

RaGa’s PM ambition trapped in coalition cage

Some are born leaders, some achieve leadership and some have leadership thrust upon them. Then, there are leaders who unknowingly thrust themselves upon others.

13 May 2018

Playing politics with tragedy mutilates identity of Bharat

It’s politics stupid. The calamitous consequences and toxic implications of the rape and slaughter of innocent minors, sexual predators flourishing in entertainment and sports, suspicious deaths and l

15 Apr 2018

Tainted Congress no Julius to Modi’s Caesar’s wife

After a long spell of vote bank tears, the Indian National Congress is now laughing all the way to the bank.

18 Feb 2018