P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram is former Finance minister of India.

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

Across the Aisle-Aadhaar Bill: Ends right, means wrong
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

In 2013, the Supreme Court, by an interim order, ruled that Aadhaar could not be made mandatory to receive benefits. In 2015, the case was referred to a larger bench to decide the question whether Aadhaar infringed the right to privacy.

Across the aisle- Budget 2016-17: The fiscal math is puzzling
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

No part of the windfall has been used for additional capital expenditure or socially useful programmes.

Across the aisle- Dear farmers: Achhe din are coming
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

The way to improve the farmer’s income is to improve his non-farm income.

Across the aisle: In good times and bad times, courage is the ally
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

The budget is an opportunity wasted by a government enjoying a majority in the Lok Sabha

Across the Aisle: A wish list and some notes of caution
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

The third budget of any government is a crucial milestone. If the economy is on a roll, it is a time for consolidation; if the economy is stuck, it is the last opportunity to get it unstuck.

Across The Aisle: Maybe we are all anti-nationals
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

What is the place of a University in the democratic republic that we have given unto ourselves? As a student, can I regard my age as an age where I have the right to be wrong?

Across the aisle: Crouching tiger vs hidden dragon
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Net neutrality is not a slogan and Regulations are not slogans written into the law; they need to have more nuance.

Across the aisle- MGNREGA: Making a meal of words
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

MGNREGA was never about “digging pits”; nor is it a “monument to failure”. As Mr Modi has made a meal of his words, the time has come to convert the programme into one that will create “durable assets” and become a “monument to social justice”

China and India: In same choppy waters
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

China has been the main driver of world growth for a decade. Through the 1997 Asian currency crisis and through the 2008 international financial crisis, China continued to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Across the aisle: ‘My birth is my fatal accident’
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Just as “No one killed Jessica Lall”, no one Is — or will be held — responsible for the death of Rohith.

Across the Aisle: To talk or not to talk
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

While war is not the answer, hard or coercive diplomacy with Pakistan could be.

Across the aisle- Oil windfall: Gone with the wind
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

There is nothing extraordinary about the actual receipts or expenditure of government so far. No department is expected to spend more than the budgeted amount.

Across the Aisle: Price of procrastination
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

UPA couldn’t constitute the National Counter Terrorism Centre. NDA must lose no time in doing so.

Across the aisle: New Year resolutions for the NDA government
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

There is no fun in making resolutions for the poor, the meek or the peacemakers. It is better to make resolutions for the high and mighty, and watch the fun while they break them.

Across the Aisle: Confessions of a stricken conscience
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Since nominal GDP growth in the second quarter was only 6 per cent, the estimated nominal GDP growth of 8.2 per cent for FY 2015-16 as a whole is a ‘pie in the sky’.

Across the Aisle: Searching for a method in the madness
Sun, Dec 20, 2015

On the National Herald issue, it appears that the government was prepared for the expected.

Across the Aisle: Sputter, stop. Then, suddenly, start
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

On the very day India and Pakistan became independent, they inherited a clutch of problems that was the inevitable result of Partition.

Across the aisle: How to lose a friend and alienate people
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

How did the ‘high’ of India-Nepal relations collapse to a point when all observers are agreed that they seem to have reached the nadir?.

Across the Aisle: What is economic reform, what is not
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

Growth will indeed add to the national output and raise the per capita income but it may — and often does — increase inequalities of income and wealth.

Across the aisle: There is a mountain to climb
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

The tell-tale sign is the flat growth rate: 7.3 per cent in 2014-15, 7.0 per cent in Q1 of 2015-16, and the forecast of 7.3 per cent for the whole of 2015-16.

Across the aisle: The ethos of India wins the election
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

What was eloquence in 2014 sounded like empty rhetoric in 2015. What were considered credible promises in 2014 appeared to be just chunavi jumla (election theatrics) in 2015.

Across the aisle: Win or lose, Mr Modi will be on test in Bihar polls
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

A win in Bihar could propel the party in either direction. Win and continue with the winning formula of polarisation is just as likely as win and return to the development agenda.

Across the aisle: The NJAC conundrum
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

Sober reflection will lead to the conclusion that the predominant role may belong to the Chief Justice of India (and the collegium), but there must be checks and balances and the Executive also must have a role.

Across the Aisle: Paradise lost, will it be regained?
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Before 1947, the phrase “neighbouring country” stood for Sri Lanka and, some distance away, Burma. Pakistan and Bangladesh are latter-day neighbours.

Across the Aisle: A call to the collective conscience
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

The writers are protesting against events that have not only political overtones but have profound social consequences. Are all Indians obliged to conform to one notion of religion or food or language or dress?

Across the aisle: What’s at stake in Bihar polls
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

The ascent to power of the BJP — with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha — brought with it a sense of foreboding.