Ask Prabhu

Prabhu Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express group.

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 30 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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Debasish Ghosh

Barrackpore 24-07-2017

Q: In secular country like India why Subsidy to Haz pilgrims are given which is against the spirit of the Indian constitution. To appease the Muslims British Govt. started it, why it is still continued? Are the Muslims not Indians?

A: It is only after independence that Centre introduced subsidy for Haj visits. It was meant for poor Muslims. But later it became a source of political appeasement and a symbol of fake secularism. Indian politics is fast developing into a cash and carry votes business.  


palani TN 24-07-2017

Q: Why Both Abdullas and Rahul speak in favour of Pakistan and China? Can't be think that they are anti Indian and traitors? It gives much heart burn to the citizens like me. Instead of strengthening the hands of Modi they are spiking him. Is it fair?

A: It is improper to call all those who differ with the government anti-nationals. They have also been elected by the Indian voters. They have a point of view like you have. Let the people of India take a call. I don't doubt their nationalism though I disagree with them on many issues.

Badri Narayanan P

tamilnadu, s.india 24-07-2017

Q: Is not the UN an anachronism in a world where the mighty few rule the roost with their veto powers and transgress UN resolutions as well when it does not suit them? The blatant hypocrisy of bullies like China supporting rogue states like Pakistan and still subscribe to 'anti terror' efforts in its own interpretation makes global forums a laughing stock, isn't it?

A: Who cares for the UN, its directions are violated. It is dominated by both US and China. It is a club which is visited by heads of the government for an annual holiday.

Miramir Sidhartha

Bangalore 24-07-2017

Q: Some hooligans damaged the signboards in Bangalore Metro & Karnataka Government is supporting it. Do you think it is regressive?

A: It was part of political hooliganism meant to influence voters for the next state assembly elections. When leaders have no issue to offer, they resort to sentimental and controversial issue to woo the voters. That is the tragedy of Indian democracy.


palani TN 24-07-2017

Q: Is it fair on the part of LS, RS and Assembly MPs and MLAs to demand a double time salary hike for their NO WORK. Why can't the same LS RS and Assemblies should adopt a resolution of NO WORK NO PAY for their disrupting the same? When the bank employees are demanding 100% neutralisation and increase @ with these law makers of the govt. is not considering their request. Is it correct for IBA? What is your views Sir?

A: Why blame them?  Why did you vote for them? They have the mandate to pass any law which is constitutionally valid. They seek votes to serve the people. But they end up serving themselves for five years and they win again to do the same thing.