P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram is former Finance minister of India.

Across the aisle: Celebrating gods, neglecting children
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

Successive governments — especially state governments — have miserably failed to look after the children of India.

Win some, steal some
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

The unwritten rule on government formation in a hung legislature — supported by precedent — is quite clear. The party that secured the highest number of seats would be invited first to form the government.

Across the aisle: The people have voted; now, we hope
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

After slipping badly in Bihar, Modi has regained his prime position as a master of communication.

Statistics is growth: let’s eat statistics
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

While the GVA/GDP data may have sprung a surprise, many other indicators point to an economy that is not investing more, not producing more and not creating more jobs

Across the aisle: From university to mediocrity
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Jawaharlal Nehru University faces an existential threat because its founding ideas are the diametric opposite of the founding ideas of the RSS-BJP dispensation.

Across the aisle: The rise and fall of the AIADMK
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Now, after Jayalalithaa’s death, the AIADMK is poised to undergo another self-destructing transformation.

Across the aisle: Wanted expansion, got contraction
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

The government should have adopted an expansionary strategy coupled with bold and broad reforms.

Across the aisle: Muddling through another budget, another year
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Budget 2017-18 will be remembered not for any bold measure but because it did not do great damage to the economy.

Across the aisle: Navigating through the do’s and don’ts
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

"I think the government, having shot itself in the foot by demonetisation, should quietly accept that growth in 2017-18 and 2018-19 will be between 6 and 7 per cent," says former finance minister P Chidambaram.

Across the aisle: It is a balloon, it is a kite!
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

The Chief Economic Adviser has promised a detailed analysis of the subject in the Economic Survey that will be presented to Parliament on the eve of the Budget. However, there is no word yet from the government.

Across the aisle: Prepare for ‘slow down India’
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

The only engine that appeared to be running was government expenditure. In this scenario, what can be expected regarding the growth rate in 2016-17?

Across the aisle: Whither RBI’s autonomy?
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The RBI’s main objectives in 1934 and now are the same to issue bank notes and to keep the reserves.

Will 2017 be a happy new year?
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, the whole country should be celebrating the state of the economy, but there is no joy anywhere. Why are the people sullen, dejected and apprehensive about the immediate future?

Across the aisle | Cashless economy: A distracting mirage
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Why should the government or its numerous agencies have access to our lives through access to Big Data?

Across the aisle: Winners, losers and those ruined
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

When change takes place, there will be winners and losers.

Across the aisle: The Unravelling
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

The government claims there will be a 'new normal'. Many will believe that the 'old normal' was better.

Across the aisle: Monumental mismanagement
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

‘Monumental mismanagement’ seems to be the signature tune of the NDA government.

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.