Power and Politics

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.

Collective will of a few to decide Modi’s majority mojo in the war of five states

For the first time, state elections have become a barometer to measure the popularity of a national leader.

12 Feb 2017

The trend of mauling nationalism and tarring genuine history must be reversed

History is not a floating romance. And nationalism is not just a notion. Yet for decades, the liberal narrative has romanticised history at the cost of nationalist notions.

29 Jan 2017

RaGa needs political masons to restore rusted congress edifice before its time is up

Dynasty stared into the abyss and the abyss stared back at the Congress party.

22 Jan 2017

Exception rules the dynastic rule that inheritors shrink their political parties

Rebellion precedes revolution, like one that pre-election Uttar Pradesh witnessed when Akhilesh Yadav revolted against the fraternal designs of his father.

15 Jan 2017

Separated by chasm of national ambitions, Modi and Nitish made for each other

Both political leaders are experts in playing mind games with each other, as well as with their associates

08 Jan 2017

Power players, corporate caliphs, media mavens must promise to be good in 2017

2016 has ended with a bang. 2017 promises to be thunderous. Vows of 2015 were mostly forgotten in the Wows of 2016.

01 Jan 2017

Rahul has become a headline bandit with constant cannonade against Modi

Staying in the news is one way to become the news. Rahul Gandhi has become a headline bandit with constant cannonade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

25 Dec 2016

Expanding war on black money to shady political funds will burnish PM’s halo

Money makes the mare go, but the nightmare of black money doesn’t go away from politics. Perceptively, there is nothing white in raj neeti.

18 Dec 2016

Jaya moved up from party’s no. 5 in 1988 to no. 1 as India’s most enigmatic woman CM

Jayalalithaa is dead. Long live Amma. From a damsel in distress to the dominant deity of Tamil politics, Jayaram Jayalalithaa’s life was a tale of both victory and heartbreak.

11 Dec 2016

With cash cleanup, Modi the FMPP expands his brand into unexplored markets

Mystery is the imprimatur of any mass leader’s mystique.

27 Nov 2016