P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram is former Finance minister of India.

Across the aisle: No jobs, no credit growth, no private investments
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

The most pressing concerns that are uppermost in everyone’s mind are: jobs, credit growth and investment.

Across the Aisle: Demonetising notes or demonising cash?
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

It has emerged, through whispers of course, that besides the Prime Minister no more than four officials were in the loop, and the Chief Economic Adviser was not among the four!

Across the aisle: Old notes for new is not game-changer
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

The reality is the old notes will be replaced by new notes. Hence, the true test will be the answer to the question ‘what proportion of the old notes will be tendered for replacement’? It is only the notes that are not tendered that will be ‘demonetised’ in the true sense of the word

Across the aisle: No questions please, we are patriots
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Bhopal encounter: Police claimed that all eight had been killed in an ‘encounter’. Was it true or fake? The people of India have, regrettably, tolerated encounters of both kinds.

Across the aisle: The case for creative destruction
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

The opportunity has come with the publication of the World Bank Group’s annual report titled ‘Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All’. The verdict on India is disappointing.

Across the aisle: Wake up and smell the coffee
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

In the days preceding the summit, India was preoccupied with one subject: Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

Across the aisle: If we kill dissent, we will kill liberty
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

As the Army’s spokesman said, “this is not the first time and this will not be the last time”. The LoC is a line of truce.

Across the aisle: Bad ideas will drive out the good
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

The MPC’s statement, with unanimous support, is significant not only for the cut in the policy repo rate but also for the analysis of the economic situation.

Across the aisle: How free is freedom in India?
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Since the 1960s, we have approached the issue of ‘freedom vs control’ from the wrong end.

In search of a Pakistan policy
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

The UPA government’s policy towards Pakistan was an attempt to forge a policy that would safeguard the territory of India, secure the country against terror attacks, and deter Pakistan from embarking upon any misadventure in Jammu & Kashmir.

Across the aisle: Why not try alternative approach?
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Instead of sending more troops to the Valley, withdraw some units from the populated areas of the Valley and send them to the border to strengthen the defence against infiltrators and potential terrorists. Send the message that the government trusts the people not to violate law and order.

Across the aisle: Near collapse of justice-delivery system
Sun, Sep 11, 2016

The Court declared that the Collegium of judges would have exclusive authority to select candidates for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts.

Across the Aisle: Lift the veil, hold a debate
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

The question is how likely is it that India will call upon the US to provide logistics support? How often is an Indian long-range vessel (we have one aircraft carrier) likely to visit a US port?

Dalits are right: Enough is enough
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Dalits are angry about the hollowness of the current hyper-nationalism where everything about India is called great and every criticism is labelled as anti-national.

Across the Aisle: Gameplan, gambit or gamble?
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

At a meeting on August 12 and in his Independence Day address, according to some BJP leaders, Modi has opened the door to a brave new world! Has he? I doubt if the PM had weighed the consequences of his words

Across the aisle: Awaiting space for policy action
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

What awaits the new Governor? To his successor, and to the Prime Minister and the government, Dr Rajan has left valuable messages.

Across the aisle: Good sense triumphs, danger lurks
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

If the government believes that GST will be a more efficient tax that will enhance revenues and reduce tax evasion, it must be prepared to take some risks.

Across the aisle: Silence-new gold standard of governance
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

No one is surprised when PM Modi seizes the occasion and speaks. It is only when he ignores the occasion and withdraws into silence that questions are raised.

Across the aisle: Defend the land, win over the people
Sun, Jul 24, 2016

During the debate in Parliament last week, many members acknowledged that Kashmir is more than land, it is people.

Across the aisle: Kashmir is more than land, it is people
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

That is a legitimate view. It is a view shared by many political parties (with some variations). It is also the view of the defence and other security forces.

Economic reforms: The next frontiers
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

I believe that in the next 25 years we have a good chance of wiping out poverty completely — in the case of at least 100 million people it is abject poverty.

Across the aisle: Disconnect between government and people
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

'The BJP was voted into office by 31 per cent of the people who took part in the voting... I am sure, the Prime Minister has often pondered on how to wean some of the 69 per cent to his side.'

Across the aisle- Economic reforms: Act I, Scene I
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

It is wrong to think that economic reforms consist of announcements or a few deft strokes of the pen making changes in some policy or other.

Across the aisle: Fake encounter with facts, fake controversy
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

No government can pronounce anyone guilty or innocent. No one can declare that Ishrat Jahan and three others were ‘terrorists’.

Across the aisle: Gross domestic product or puzzle?
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

The GDP growth number is an approximation of the underlying economic activity. Many economic decisions of the government and private investors are based on that number.

Across the Aisle: Then and now – The model is flawed
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

How does the government change the behaviour of its citizens in the matter of defecation given the social structure of a village with limited resources?

I wish the Prime Minister had said
Sun, May 29, 2016

My government has greatly benefited by the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and the National Skill Development Mission launched by the previous government. We have scaled up the two programmes which are now being implemented as Swachh Bharat and Skill India

Across the aisle: It is not yet the turning point
Sun, May 22, 2016

As it turned out, the election results were as expected a few months ago — that is before the spin masters and the pollsters took over and created a mystery around the elections.

Across the aisle: Misadventures of the Modi government
Sun, May 15, 2016

Many who had voted for the BJP are looking for alternatives, as they did in the elections in Delhi and Bihar.

Wanted: A Bharatanatyam dancer, please
Sun, May 08, 2016

Every commentator has acknowledged that the best years of the Indian economy (“boom years” according to the current Chief Economic Adviser!) were 2004-2009, that is the period of UPA I.

Government should back CJI on idea of a Court of Appeal
Sun, May 01, 2016

The CJI proposed the idea of a Court of Appeal which would be a beginning of the end of an over-burdened and choked Supreme Court and the restoration of a true Constitutional Court .

Across the aisle: Let’s admit we are challenged in one eye
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Dr Rajan was not obliged to explain what he had meant, but he did explain a few days later and reminded his critics that a central banker has “to be pragmatic and cannot get euphoric”.

Across the aisle: Embracing Kashmir, alienating Kashmiris
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The project of building a Union of States will reach its culmination when the people of the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir feel they are truly a part of India.

Across the aisle: A factual report from the ground
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

The government’s intentions may be good, but that is not enough. As the saying goes, the way to hell is paved with good intentions. The government must boldly tackle the problems and take the difficult decisions. That alone will promote new investments.

Across the aisle: Basking in an illusory sunshine
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

I do not doubt the intentions of the government. My worry is, does the government have a firm grasp of the current economic situation.

BJP’s attempt to define a nationalist as one who will say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ is a gross distortion of history
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

'Project Nationalism' seeks to bludgeon the people to submerge their individual identities in a presumed national identity