P Chidambaram is former Finance minister of India.
Just as “No one killed Jessica Lall”, no one Is — or will be held — responsible for the death of Rohith.
While war is not the answer, hard or coercive diplomacy with Pakistan could be.
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.
UPA couldn’t constitute the National Counter Terrorism Centre. NDA must lose no time in doing so.
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.
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’.
On the National Herald issue, it appears that the government was prepared for the expected.
On the very day India and Pakistan became independent, they inherited a clutch of problems that was the inevitable result of Partition.
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?.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before 1947, the phrase “neighbouring country” stood for Sri Lanka and, some distance away, Burma. Pakistan and Bangladesh are latter-day neighbours.
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?
The ascent to power of the BJP — with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha — brought with it a sense of foreboding.
The cut in the repo rate is not the end of policy making; it gives the Government an opportunity to take bold decisions.
The need for privacy, and the degree of privacy that each citizen desires, are best left to the citizens.
Witness the number of people who emigrate every year from India to the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand seeking better education or a better job or a better environment or a better political system in which to live and raise families