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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shankar rao

bengaluru 15-03-2017

Q: Is BJP becoming a new Congress by its manipulative politics to form Governments in Goa and Manipur?

A:  BJP is learning to play power politics. It is in politics to rule and not to remain in opposition. If leaders from other political parties are begging it for entry, why should it deny? It is a party with a difference because it has a strong and a popular leader who attracts voters.

Nandhitha

Chennai 15-03-2017

Q: Now a days Delhi has become most dreaded city as far as safety of the women is considered. Rapes have become everyday affair. Central government under whose control Delhi Police comes is not doing anything to prevent the rapes or punish the rapists. Judiciary is sleeping. When the govt is going to wake up and when is judiciary going to deliver the justice to the victims?

A: It is matter of concern if Delhi becomes an easy place for rapists to get away. But in terms of numbers, it is still far behind many other states. Incidents of rapes are growing all over the country because justice is delayed by judiciary and investigative agencies are doing a shoddy job. We have to fight the mind set. The government must ensure more judges and police officers and make them accountable for delay and acquittal of criminals.

Anand K Natarajan

Bangalore 15-03-2017

Q: After enjoying all the posts and power under the Congress, S M Krishna now plans to join BJP. He has crossed the age limit of 75 years set by Modi to become a minister in his cabinet. What must be the compelling reason that made Krishna ditch Congress? What is he going to achieve in BJP?

A: It is only in old age you want to live comfortable and luxurious life. He must be feeling suffocating in the own party as well.

casbbalchandhar

palani 624 601 TN 15-03-2017

Q: Do you consider that Rahul is still relevant today? Both communists in India are decimated except Kerala, but still they are telling to fight against BJP. Why are they not seeing the ground realities?

A: There is no Congress without a Gandhi. He is the only hope for the Congress party to survive. It shrunk to its minimum size. Don't forget Communists are still surviving in some parts and may stage a comeback as they did in Kerala. But their appeal is diminishing due to globalisation and aspirational youth power.  

shankar rao

Bengaluru 15-03-2017

Q: Is it not hard rendering and disgusting that three drain cleaning workers lost their precious life in a manhole in Bengaluru. How come this inhuman manual practice of scavenging which is banned by Supreme Court still continuing? Why are our State/Central Governments so blind to these manhole tragedies happening so frequently? Why can't we initiate criminal action against the concerned contractor and the Municipal bodies for this huge negligence?

A: Only a group of vigilant citizens can file criminal cases against civic authorities as political leaders wouldn't take any serious action.