P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram is former Finance minister of India.

The Republic of Impunity
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

Gang rape is the ultimate act of impunity

Across the aisle: Will government wreck federalism?
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

The fire that was lit by the Terms of Reference of the XV Finance Commission will not be doused by specious arguments pitting ‘populous and poorer states’ against ‘diligent and developed’ states. All states have poverty and developmental deficiencies.

Across the aisle: Southern flames may scald the nation 
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

Post-1991, every state could take advantage of a more open economy, less control and state-specific strategies. States that were once regarded as having low potential now claim to have achieved high growth rates.

Across the Aisle: One-man band cannot make music
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

India believes China is a hegemonist, China regards India as an upstart. None of the Modi Rules of Engagement — hugplomacy, Gujarati hospitality, etc — is working.

Change begins with words and ideas
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Measuring growth is a problem. It is a bigger problem if you change the rules in the middle of the game.

Across the aisle: A message loud and clear
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

Rural India is in acute distress and urban India is divided among the helpless poor and middle class and the palanquin-bearing sections that will go along with any regime

Across the aisle: The hole in the budget
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

The National Health Protection Scheme is entirely unfunded. If it is a jumla (akin to the announcement in Budget 2016-17), there is nothing to worry. But if the government rolls out the scheme in 2018-19 and buys insurance for the beneficiaries, it has to spend money. Estimates vary from an optimistic Rs 11,000 crore to a realistic Rs 1,00,000 crore.

Across the aisle: Minimum government, maximum damage
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

Democracy in its true sense — liberal, multiple voices and thoughts, and checks and balances — is antithetical to the RSS/BJP way of governance. If other institutions of a democracy are weakened, it gives greater power, in the real and practical sense, to the Executive. Hence, the deliberate effort to keep other institutions weak and debilitated

Across the aisle: What happened to Indradhanush?
Sun, Feb 25, 2018

The scandal involving the Punjab National Bank (PNB) has revived the demand for privatisation as part of comprehensive banking sector reforms.

Across the aisle: More voices against Budget provisions
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

Is there a re-think under pressure from the so-called swadeshi lobbies? Just before the Budget, and in the Budget, the government announced a number of measures that seem to suggest that the protectionist (and taxation) lobbies have gained strength

Across the aisle: For healthcare, Budget gifts a jumla
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

It is an insult to the people’s intelligence to announce a grand scheme without forethought or preparation or money in the last year of the term of the government.

Across The Aisle: Good doctor, bad patient
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

Dr Arvind Subramanian has been a good doctor since his appointment as the CEA in October 2014. The NDA government has been a terrible patient. The uneasy relationship between a good doctor and a bad patient is best illustrated by the divergence between the Economic Survey (ES) and the Budget

Courage fails, rhetoric remains
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Budget 2018-19 has the announcement, the jumla. It has no goal or focus.

New jobs: The 70 lakh boast
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

If industries/businesses in the organised sector that employed 20 or more persons can generate 55 lakh new jobs in a year that qualified for enrolment under the EPFO, then we can declare that India has, truly and comprehensively, slain the demon of unemployment!

Across the aisle: Celebrating gods, neglecting children – 2
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

There is another acclaimed report published every year. It is the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). We have a new report (2017) on the status of education in rural India and it was published on January 16, 2018.

Across the aisle: Truth, post-truth and again the truth
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Twenty-seven days before the Budget, it was an awkward time to speak extensively on the state of the economy or to give any assurances.

Across the aisle: Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

We cannot allow ourselves to be caught between a hard place and a hard place. If we do, the losers will be the people of J&K and India will lose the opportunity to find a political solution.

Bid goodbye to a bizarre year
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

The year 2017, to which we bid goodbye today, was replete with bizarre statements.

Across the aisle: Gujarat winner and economy are limping
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

The BJP’s leadership has reason to be despondent that it lost 16 seats (from the 115 seats it had held) and was nowhere near its declared goal of 150 seats. The Congress’s leadership has reason to be disappointed because it came so near (80 seats) but couldn’t cross the finish line (92 seats)

Across the aisle: Now, return to governance
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

The new normal is that every rule will be bent to influence the election.