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P Chidambaram

Articles By P Chidambaram

295 Articles

Across the Aisle: ‘Curiouser and curiouser’

The fact is that there was no consultation on the proposed Farm Bills with the farmers or agricultural economists before the Ordinances were promulgated on June 5, 2020.

A farmer during the ongoing agitation over the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi (PTI Image)

Pandemic, vaccine and controversy: Real test begins now

With a population of 138 crore, we can count ourselves lucky but certainly not a shining example of pandemic control and management.

The second is Oxford-AstraZeneca's, that is being manufactured under a licence by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Across the Aisle: Reminding us of August 1942

The APMC Acts are deficient not because they benefit no one but because they benefit only a small proportion of farmers nation-wide.

Farmers during their ongoing protest against the new farm laws at Singhu Border in New Delhi (PTI Image)

Work, wealth and welfare: Never forget 2020 so that we may never repeat 2020!

The rapid decline in growth rates (2018-19 and 2019-20) triggered the rise in unemployment, the pandemic made it worse and the unplanned lockdowns exacerbated the situation. At its peak, 130 million persons lost their jobs or

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Across The Aisle: May your children forgive us

Demonetisation, the slowdown of the economy over 8 quarters (2018-19 and 2019-20), the pandemic, the loss of jobs, homes and livelihoods, the migration of millions and the recession (Q1 and Q2 of 2020-21) have greatly impacte

Across the Aisle: A fraud on the Constitution

Throughout the struggle for Indian Independence, Indians were not divided on race, religion, caste, language or gender.

Indian activists protest against a legislation in Uttar Pradesh directed against inter-faith marriages (AP photo)

Across The Aisle: Slow march backward

We live in a strange world where the President of communist China speaks eloquently on the virtues of free trade and globalisation and the President of capitalist United States speaks derisively of trade agreements, WTO, free

"After several years of downgrades to India's medium-term growth outlook, we believe upgrades are now likely.

Across the aisle: Reforms for what — growth or glory?

"I did reforms" is for self-glorification. "My reforms brought growth" is for the people and for posterity. You be the judge.

I was reminding Dr Panagariya of the gold standard of reforms; I had not "shifted the goalpost", as contended by him.

Across the Aisle: By dividing, we fall

The Congress, CPI(M) and CPI in Kerala behave, and are regarded more, as Kerala-specific regional parties than the state units of national parties.

Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes for the Assembly elections in Bhagalpur, Bihar, earlier this month (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: Scepter and crown, must tumble down

The powers of a Prime Minister (under a Parliamentary system) and the powers of a President (under a Presidential system) are like chalk and cheese, but the differences are becoming blurred.

A woman takes a picture of a mural of US Presidential candidate Joe Biden in Ballina, west of Ireland. Ballina is the ancestral home of Joe Biden (AP photo)

Across the Aisle: Slow death of liberal democracy

After the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump wasted no time in naming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court and pushed through the nomination process in an unprecedented short time of 30 days.

Protesters hold a banner depicting French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron's comments considered insulting Muslims, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (REUTERS Image)

Across the Aisle: This election, people of Bihar must unmute themselves

The average citizen of Bihar has become a victim of misfortune, the failure of democracy and the curse of politics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and other NDA leaders during an election campaign rally ahead of Bihar Assembly polls, in Sasaram (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: PM Modi is a cautious leader with a strong bias towards crony capitalism, writes P Chidambaram

The sole aim of the propaganda is to raise Mr Narendra Modi to the pantheon of the greatest leaders of India.

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Across the Aisle: Impunity, thy name is Uttar Pradesh

Emboldened by great social reformers like Mahatma Phule, 'Periyar' E.V. Ramasamy, Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, Dalits have politically organised themselves in a few states; but their status is only slightly better.

Members of Valmiki community during a protest against the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras, in Kanpur (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: Farm laws — not choice, just noise, says P Chidambaram

Their argument is that farmers were 'tied' to the APMCs and, now, they have the choice to sell outside the APMCs.

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Across the Aisle: Modi govt believes it can fool all the people all the time, writes P Chidambaram

APMC market yards are, however, important players in states like Punjab and Haryana where the marketable surplus is huge.

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Across the Aisle: Promise broken, states broke

The GST agreement was a compact between the central government and the state governments arrived at after years of discussion.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (right) and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia (left) at Parliament House on the opening day of Monsoon Session, in New Delhi (Image:PTI)

Across the Aisle: ‘One Nation, One Everything’ will eventually destroy one nation, writes P Chidambaram

The main business of the Houses will be pending Bills and the 11 Ordinances promulgated during the inter-session period.

Punjab Youth Congress leader Brinder S Dhillon during protest against ordinances on farming, outside Mandi Bhawan in Mohali (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)

Across the Aisle: The worst affected economy

The Finance Minister who blamed an 'Act of God' for the decline should actually be grateful to the farmers and the gods who blessed the farmers.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the 41st GST Council meeting in New Delhi (PTI photo)

A time for supreme reform, writes P Chidambaram

A renewed concern has been expressed about the 'independence' of the judiciary. The causes for the concern are different at the levels of the subordinate judiciary, High Courts and Supreme Court.

PM missed an opportunity to give a candid account of the state of the nation on August 15, writes Chidambaram

For Prime Minister Modi, the day before August 15 must have been a day of reflection, a day to take stock why his government had allowed things to come to such a sorry pass, and a day to resolve to make a new beginning.

NEP 2020: Elephant in the room, examines P Chidambaram

The complex issue of language has been complicated further by the NEP's insistence on the three languages principle.

Students' Federation of India (SFI) members during a protest rally against the National Education Policy-2020, in Kolkata (PTI Image)

Triple crises — economy, Covid, China — have exposed India’s weaknesses, writes P Chidambaram

The prescription under each was detailed, but not beyond the comprehension and capacity of a caring, competent government.

Former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi at Vir Bhoomi, Delhi (Express Photo : Prem Nath Pandey)

No end to a tragic saga in Jammu and Kashmir, writes P Chidambaram

While the means have been employed, none of the ends has been achieved and, in my view, will never be achieved under the current dispensation’s policy.

A security official stands guard near a temporary barricade in Srinagar as a woman passes by (PTI Image)

The spider’s web: Sachin Pilot should have prepared to run the marathon, writes P Chidambaram

The only ones who think that monetary measures will be sufficient to revive economic growth are Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Mr K V Subramanian, Mr Rajiv Kumar and the Prime Minister's speech writer.

Mr Pilot should have prepared to run the marathon - and he could have been chief minister for as long as Mohanlal Sukhadia was.

India-China face-off along the LAC could go either Depsang way or Doklam way, writes P Chidambaram

It is common sense that a 'no troops land' (akin to a no man's land) will be created between the new positions of the troops of both sides.

China broke decades-long peace under PM Modi’s watch, writes P Chidambaram

The relations between the two countries have changed dramatically in a matter of months. At the Wuhan Summit on April 28, 2018, the joint statement devoted only one paragraph to the border question.

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