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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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Vikram J

Chennai 28-06-2017

Q: Is it possible to separate the State and Religion in our country? Not just in paper. But in practice. Why should a political party carry a religious propaganda (BJP with its Hindutva agenda, Congress with Minorities appeasement and Dravidian parties with their Anti-religious agenda). Why can't these parties leave religion to the people and be concerned about the basic functions of a government.

A: You are mixing political parties with State. While the state maintains its neutrality, it is always the ruling party which indulges in religious appeasement. In fact, caste and religion have become an integral part of ideology of a large number of parties. Those who vote for such parties don't expect good governance. However, as Indian becomes more and more advanced and educated, religion and caste would play very little role in politics. 

Anand K N

Bangalore 28-06-2017

Q: Modi spoke about his parties victory in UP at the US. Is it right on the part of PM to boast of his party's victory in a foreign land?

A: Why not? After all, talking about your success also gets you more followers. He hasn't attacked any other political party during his speeches. Speaking about his achievements is part of Modi's marketing strategy, which has yielded great dividends so far.

Nanditha

Chennai 28-06-2017

Q: In India, Hindi and English are official administrative languages. English is not our language. Now politicians in TN are raising a hue and cry over the inclusion of Hindi in our passport. Why can't the government declare Hindi as the sole national official language and put the controversy to rest once and for all?

A: Our Constitution doesn't authorise any government to impose any language on other states. Hindi is a national language but the Parliament has also accepted a three language formula, under which English has been chosen as a link language between a state and the centre. But, it hasn't been implemented in many states. The Central government can force them to start communicating in Hindi as well.

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 28-06-2017

Q: Can we believe the US and its President about long term tie up with India vis-a-vis Pakistan?

A: No. America acts only on its national and business interest. It will stand by India only if we serve their interests. Period. For America, only money matters.

Vijai Lugani

munich 28-06-2017

Q: Is the cabinet of Modi government lame duck as all the important decisions are taken by Modi ji as a Prime Minister?

A: In a parliamentary democracy, the Prime Minister enjoys absolute powers. The BJP has won because of the Prime Minister and the cabinet must implement his agenda.

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