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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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Chandra

Bengaluru 24-07-2017

Q: Few weeks back, in Power and Politics, you had predicted Modi will opt for Swayamsevak's for the top positions of President & VP. This has become a reality now. Can we understand that country is going the way of saffronisation?

A: We are democracy. All of them have been duly elected and not imposed by anyone. Saffron is not a bad colour as it is revered by a vast majority of Indians from almost every religion. 

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 24-07-2017

Q: How can we expect Opposition VP Candidate Gopala Krishna Gandhi to uphold the Constitution when he pleaded for mercy to Yakub Memon, sentenced to death, who was a criminal Terror conduit resulting in murder of innocent people during 26/11 Mumbai serial blasts?

A: Gopal Gandhi like many others opposed the principle of death sentence not hanging of Yakoob in particular. He chose wrong time to express his views. Personally I am in favour hanging those who are involved in terror activities. Gandhi is not. He is entitled to hold the views. But he didn't defend terror.

Balchandhar

palani TN 24-07-2017

Q: Is it fair on the part of Karnataka govt. to transfer abruptly Ms. Roopa DIG to unimportant post for her straight forwardness in exposing Sasi and Telgi easy luxurious life in Central Jail. Is it not a punishment to this honest officer? What is your opinion?

A: Karnataka government acted in haste. But any state government would like to end any controversy involving top police officials. It should institute an inquiry immediately. But I agree with the government view that all the officials should leave their posts so that probe could be conducted independently. In fact, Roopa has been given a better post while her boss charged with taking bribe has been given some insignificant posting.

Balchandhar

palani TN 12-07-2017

Q: Why so much heart burn on implementation of GST by merchants that too jewellers? Still many jewellers have not implemented in toto and refuse to give bill with GST, saying that they have not yet implemented in their accounts. Is it fair?

A: These are teething troubles and would be sorted out as we move forward. Indians, by nature, resist any change.

Shankar Rao

bengaluru 12-07-2017

Q: Are we unnecessarily engaging with Israel to defeat China and Pakistan? Is PM Modi in the right direction with his foreign policy?

A: Israel has fought terrorism successfully. It has done amazing research in agriculture and water treatment. India should take advantage of such innovations.

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