P Chidambaram

Budget 2019: Modi govt is satisfied with 7% growth, but it means nothing

Budget 2019 India: The budget speech uses the phrase ‘structural reforms’ in two places but there is no reference to any measure that could be regarded as structural reform.

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India needs radical reforms, not the incremental ones pushed in Budget, explains P Chidambaram

To begin, school education must be transferred to the states — as it was in the original Constitution — to be followed by transferring more subjects from the Concurrent List to the State List. On the contrary, the FM has

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Modi’s campaign for One Nation, One Election is unconstitutional: Chidambaram

Balakot was the answer, the Pakistan Air Force was half-prepared, the Indian Air Force hit the targets, and Pakistan shot down an IAF aircraft.

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GST, Ujjwala, Swachh Bharat — right policies, bad implementation: P Chidambaram

Swachh Bharat is good policy, but the false statistics fed on ODF status of states and villages is the deceit of small-g government. Ujjwala is good policy, but the replacement cylinder rate of three per year is the failure o

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Nirmala Sitharaman has inherited economy with slow growth and worrying fiscal situation: P Chidambaram

The former chief economic adviser, Dr Arvind Subramanian, has cast a shadow on the growth numbers and has, in a way, concurred with the long-time critics of the methodology employed to calculate the GDP.

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Modi’s Sabka Vishwas a smart move but fraught with difficulties: P Chidambaram

Not only the number of seats won (303), but the sweep and scale of the BJP’s victory are astounding.

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PM-Kisan won’t help agriculture labourers: P Chidambaram

"Observing his first term, I am certain he will make every effort to rise to the challenge. There are two problems in the way."

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BJP fought election on divisive agenda, hope governance will be inclusive: P Chidambaram

Let me come back to the competing visions of different political parties. The results of Election 2019 cannot be regarded as a decisive choice of one vision over the others.

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As the bitter campaign ends, EC gets ‘average’ on its report card, says P Chidambaram

There has been an abundance of political parties, candidates, rallies and roadshows, money spent, abuses hurled, violence, failure of the vaunted EVMs and VVPATs, and clean chits by the Election Commission (EC).

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Indian economy has entered danger zone, writes P Chidambaram

When the management of the economy is entrusted to novices or tyrants, the consequences will soon follow. Demonetisation was a classic example.

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Modi making outrageous claims, skirting real issues, writes P Chidambaram

The 71 seats propelled the BJP to form a government with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. If the BJP loses even half of the seats it won in UP, it will not be able to form a government on its own strength. It is, theref

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BJP leaders running an outrageous campaign, says P Chidambaram

I suspect that there are several candidates in India who would like to do a Donald Trump and be as successful in the elections to the Lok Sabha that are underway.

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Modi vs Manifesto: Hindi heartland to witness battle of ideas, says P Chidambaram

Every Lok Sabha election in India is unique even if the two main contestants are the same.

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BJP manifesto limited by Modi’s unwillingness to listen: Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram

The BJP’s manifesto was released with almost no fanfare on April 8, 2019. The modesty was unnatural for the BJP! The BJP had much to be modest about.

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BJP riled by Congress manifesto, may be revising its own: P Chidambaram

What is different about CEM 2019 that has made it the talk of the town (and the village) within a few hours? The answer is that the CEM is the voice of the people.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Nyay recognises the right of the poorest on country’s resources: P Chidambaram

In 72 years, all indicators have improved. Millions have moved out of agriculture and hold jobs in the organised sector.

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Need of the hour is competent economic managers, not just self-appointed watchmen

The shocking story of the National Sample Survey Office is well known despite the media blacking it out.

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PM Modi’s Balakot dream: Indian people will see through his plans, says P Chidambaram

The last-ditch hope of the Modi government is you will ignore the questions or, at any rate, they will be swept away by the ‘fervour’ of nationalism following the Indian Air Force’s strike on Balakot in Pakistan.

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PM Modi brought Rafale to centre stage after IAF airstrikes in Pakistan: P Chidambaram

It is a mystery why the Prime Minister’s Office held parallel negotiations undermining the efforts of the INT.

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India doesn’t need to get embroiled in war, says P Chidambaram

Pakistan is a misguided, often malevolent, neighbour.

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Modi govt’s disastrous Kashmir policy compromised national security, says P Chidambaram

After Pulwama, the government and the hyper-nationalists are erecting a demon to slay in the run-up to the elections. Even as they did that, traders and students from the Kashmir Valley were attacked in Jammu and other cities

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Rafale deal: Modi government is running for cover, says P Chidambaram

If the government and the ruling party thought that they could keep the lid on the most opaque defence purchase in recent times, they were wrong, and they were rudely dragged out of their comfort zone.

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Boast and bribe voters is the BJP strategy, says P Chidambaram

So, Prime Minister Modi decided that the occasion of presenting the Interim Budget will be converted into a significant event. The interim finance minister — like a player who has earned his first India cap — tried to con

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Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: The importance of being Mr Gadkari

Gadkari is known for his focused attention to his portfolios — highways and road transport, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation. 

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Across the aisle: Ring out the old, ring in the new, says P Chidambaram

The argument that counting — and declaration of results — will be delayed is a weak argument.

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Across the aisle: Hope and trust the next government to revive India story, says P Chidambaram

The Christmas-New Year-Pongal/ Sankranthi holidays and festivities must have rejuvenated the hard-working people of India (except members of Parliament who were called to work during many of those days!).

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Across the aisle: Countdown for Modi Government has begun, says P Chidambaram

The criticism against the 124th Amendment was it was rushed through in 48 hours without scrutiny by a parliamentary committee and without public debate.

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