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P. Raman

The writer is a senior journalist based in Delhi.

30 yrs ago, 90 mins that changed India’s history
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

It were these crucial 90 minutes that paved the way for India’s historic decision to liberalise its economy in 1991. Rao was told that foreign exchange reserves had dipped to Rs 2,500 crore, only enough to meet three months’ imports.

The Chandraswami phenomenon was the other murky facet of the ‘ghotala’ year, 25 years ago
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

The year 1995-96 was the Republic’s year of ghotalas. Coinciding with P V Narasimha Rao’s last year in office, the period saw a number of scams and dubious deals.

When Opposition asked… PM Nehru answered the questions on China in Parliament
Sun, Nov 15, 2020

A look at the 60-year-old parliamentary proceedings sheds light on the kind of deliberative democracy at work in the early years of the republic. Unlike today, the PM made it a point to put off other official appointments to be present in the House.

Why internal democracy is not going to be enough to fix the Congress
Sat, Sep 05, 2020

It is such hazardous atmospherics that has pushed the Congress — and other opposition parties — into the present predicament. As for the Congress, it is too naive to presume that internal reforms will be an answer to its present problems

Vacation stories
Mon, May 13, 2019

A reporter remembers Rajiv Gandhi in Lakshadweep, how he tried to balance Congress old guard and the ‘wiz kids’.

Which is more preferable — unstable minority governments or elected dictatorship?
Thu, Apr 25, 2019

If the choice is between the two evils, one would certainly opt for the first. Rainbow coalitions were not bad performers. And a ‘strong PM’ did not do better.

Waiting for Sita
Sun, Oct 14, 2018

Once, Delhi’s mohallas came alive to celebrate the Ramleela. It is now a forgotten memory.

CEO-style Politics
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Modi model is marked by a closed circle of decision-making, adversarial approach.

Breaking News,via Morse Code
Sun, Jul 21, 2013

The telegram was once the reporter’s best friend