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Power and Politics

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

Having begun as a reporter and spent over 40 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.

In Bihar polls, caste & dynasty meet Modi magic

An election is a portmanteau of eclectic experiments. Once opened, it turns into a Pandora’s box of opportunistic opportunities.

20 Sep 2020

Replace sattabhogis with karamayogis

The Indian bureaucracy has been magnanimously rewarded not for its sanguine success but facetious failure.

13 Sep 2020

Medium sells puffery and ignorance for profit

The Indian media is a misnomer. It’s mostly via media. It’s the best trifle-a- minute regurgitation of insane sound bytes.

06 Sep 2020

Congress: Of, for and by the Gandhis

They are in the news not because of any earthshaking political action. The Gandhis are conspicuously omnipresent due to their inaction.

30 Aug 2020

US poll: It’s all about name, surname & a Black label

Biden has been Vice-President and been in the party much longer than Harris. Yet, he needed a name with a distinct identity to ensure his entry to the White House in January 2021.

23 Aug 2020

Targeting Gandhis Gives Congress Oxygen

In spite of the long winter of powerlessness, the Congress has retained its relevance, being recognised as one of the four national parties.

02 Aug 2020

Cong GenNext wants to be Pilot sans plan

Age is not a substitute for experience. Youth has no experience to be a substitute either if the Rajasthan standoff is a case in point.

26 Jul 2020

Use Ram Baan against China in Nepal

Last week, the only communist Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli claimed ownership of Lord Ram. Nepal is the only Hindu nation in the world. 

19 Jul 2020

Ethics of encounter energise up crimescape

In  the heartland’s badlands where crime writes the curriculum, caste is the syllabus and murder writes the chapters, the police write the exams.

12 Jul 2020

COVID-19: Euthanise beast of exaggeration

The daily numerology of Covid-19 statistics being injected into the public domain has become the manual of dissimulation.

05 Jul 2020

Rahul @50: Looking for political rebirth

His intention is to regain political relevance and credibility. For that, he has knocked at every door and explored all avenues.

21 Jun 2020

Vote politics: Biology in Black, Brown & White

America is reeling under the twin attacks of COVID-19 and racial riots following the brutal death of George Floyd, an out-of-work black man, at the hands of police.

14 Jun 2020

Trust people and scrub fear wave

As Lockdown 4.0 ends, it is time for us to live with this novel biological enemy, by treating it at par with flu, HIV, diabetics, cancer and TB.

31 May 2020

Be local, feel local, go global

Now we have to move forward with a new resolve and determination.

17 May 2020

Pak paranoia injects terror virus in Valley

There is no greater virus than terrorism in the laboratory of political history for which no vaccine or cure has been found.

10 May 2020