P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram is former Finance minister of India.

Across the aisle: Clueless in New Delhi
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Every economist is agreed that India’s economic growth has slowed down. The Chief Economic Adviser has candidly admitted the fact, only his government is in denial! If a government is in denial about the slowdown, it is fair to conclude that it is also clueless about the causes of the slowdown.

Across the Aisle: Privacy is the core of personal liberty
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Justice K S Puttaswamy has enlarged and enriched the freedom that we won in 1947. Today, we will celebrate. Tomorrow, there will be other challenges and those too we shall overcome

Across the aisle: Demonetisation, a proof of the pudding
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Since demonetisation, quarterly growth (and hence annual growth) has settled at between 6 and 7%. The CSO numbers for Q1 of 2017-18 are worse: GDP 5.7%, GVA 5.6% and manufacturing GDP 1.2%. Is that not a catastrophic blow to the economy?

Across the aisle- India at 70: The curse of caste
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

How and why the caste system has survived through the centuries is a puzzle. Why did the Kshatriyas and Vaishyas, who had power and money, accept the Brahmin as their superior? Why was the guru invariably a Brahmin?

Across the aisle: India at 70 – The Economy (continued)
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The RBI’s monetary policy statement has confirmed many of the conclusions. According to the RBI, business sentiment reflects expectations of moderation of activity in Q2 of 2017-18 (read slower growth).

Across the Aisle: India at 70 – The Economy
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

It is time to do a health-check of the economy as free India completes 70 years.

Across the aisle: A counter-narrative will emerge 
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

In the post-truth world, more and more people are believing what is not necessarily true. They believe that ideology is dead. The only ‘thing’ you have to believe in is ‘What’s in it for me?’ asks P Chidambaram

Across the Aisle: Ping pong of words, or worse?
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

I believe the Government of India when it said: “India has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India.” However, that is not enough. The government owes a duty to the people to explain what has changed and why. Such a statement can come only from the PM

Across the Aisle: The poor shall not dream
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Wherever I go, I hear that education loans have dried up. The average growth rate in the last years is just 5.3 per cent. When a programme winds down, the worst affected will be the poor who do not have any influence or connections.

Across the Aisle: Pushing each other to the brink
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Just as the militants have taken a maximalist position that has to be rejected out of hand, the Central government has taken a maximalist position that has aggravated the problem. The people of the Kashmir Valley are caught between the two maximalist positions.

Across the aisle: ‘Shall not let anyone eat’
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The popular belief is that the BJP is pulling the strings that hold the four factions (of the AIADMK). It could be part of the BJP’s political strategy to carve out a space for itself in Tamil Nadu politics.

GST rollout: Get Set for Turbulence
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

The worst tendencies of the Indian State and politics and business have found their way into the design of the GST that was launched yesterday. Many of the flaws in the design were the result of forced political compromise, writes P Chidambaram

A tryst with destination tax
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

We are inheritors of a sound economy, on the verge of higher growth, and we have to live up to the high standard of a few years ago. We cannot encourage high tax rates or high handed tax administration, for no nation can have a vibrant economy whose tax laws and tax administration are narrow in thought or application.

Across the Aisle: Farm sector on the boil
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The governments cannot be blamed for the occurrence of drought, but governments are solely responsible for the mismanagement of the consequences of drought.

Across the aisle: The Make In India flop show
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

PM Modi was therefore absolutely right when he stated that his government’s goal was to give the highest priority to ‘Make in India’ and called upon the world’s manufacturing companies to “Come and make in India”.

Across the aisle: CSO calls the government’s bluff
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

I have been making the arguments for weeks — that the government has totally failed to address the issues of declining investment as a proportion of GDP; sluggish credit growth; and non-creation of new jobs. These trends were visible in early- and mid-2016.

Across the aisle: Behind the celebrations: no jobs, no peace
Sun, May 28, 2017

Mr Narendra Modi has a burning desire for greatness, but his government does not have big reform ideas, writes P Chidambaram.

Across the aisle: That sinking feeling — 3
Sun, May 21, 2017

Achhe din is about security — national security, internal security, physical security of the individual, food security, job security and so on.

Across the aisle: That sinking feeling – 2
Sun, May 14, 2017

Secularism is derided. Liberalism is challenged. Dissent is sedition. Questioning the government (or the Army Chief or the RBI governor) is anti-national.

Across the aisle: That sinking feeling — 1
Sun, May 14, 2017

To peddle the counter-narrative, the drum-beating has started, aided and abetted by sections of the media that want a spectacular blow-up either in the Kashmir Valley or in Pakistan.

Across the aisle: Do not stir up a hornets’ nest
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

After conveying the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee, the correct thing for the government to do is to do nothing.

Across the aisle: Go back and read George Orwell
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

The Yashwant Sinha-led committee slammed almost every aspect of Aadhaar and the Bill to establish the UIDAI.

Across the aisle: Kashmir is sliding into disaster
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

The writing on the wall is clear. The alienation of the people of the Kashmir Valley is nearly complete. We are on the brink of losing Kashmir.

Across the aisle: Have we got our priorities right ?
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

We need to get our priorities right. We need to hear less talk and see more action on investments, credit and jobs.

Across the Aisle: The intoxication of absolute power
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

Dozens of officers, including officers of the Ministry of Law, spend more than a hundred hours to draft the Finance Bill.

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?