P Chidambaram

Across The Aisle: Country’s poor are left behind

The social and political conditions have made poverty worse.

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Across The Aisle: RBI Act’s Section 7 has never been invoked, that’s because its power lies in non-use

Section 7 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 reads: “The Central Government may from time to time give such directions to the Bank as it may, after consultation with the Governor of the Bank, consider necessary in the p

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Across the Aisle: Things fall apart; Centre cannot hold

The depreciation of the rupee and the rise in prices of petroleum products have created a big hole in the pockets of consumers.

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Across The Aisle: We have failed our children

One of six persons living in this world lives in India.

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Across the Aisle: In J&K, the road to disaster

J&K is polarised as never before. Jammu is at odds with the Kashmir Valley, Leh leans towards Jammu and Kargil leans towards the Valley, but both Leh and Kargil also assert their identities.

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Rafale deal: P Chidambaram’s 10 reasons why Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman should order an enquiry

The Rafale aircraft deal between the governments of India and France was announced by the Prime Minister in Paris on April 10, 2015, and an agreement was signed on September 23, 2016.

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Across the aisle: Good Aadhaar, Bad Aadhaar

Aadhaar was intended to be a unique identification number. So that, it will not — and cannot — be fabricated, duplicated or misused. Welfare States hand out money, either in the form of cash or benefits.

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Across the Aisle: Five steps to Nirvana

The government has tacitly acknowledged that the economy faces a crisis. The ‘crisis managers’ met with the Prime Minister on September 14, 2018. The governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was summoned to attend the

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Across the Aisle: A big ask in election year

After looking at data over the medium term, it appears that the foundations of macroeconomic stability of the Indian economy are becoming weaker. The trend may still be reversed and, as a concerned citizen, I hope it will be.

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Black to white magic

With the release of the RBI’s Annual Report for 2017-18, the ghost of demonetisation has come back to haunt the government of Mr Narendra Modi.

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Across the aisle: Jobs- The make or break issue

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ‘interview’ as a face-to-face conversation between a journalist and a person of public interest.

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P Chidambaram asks government to ’emulate’ UPA policies and not ‘envy’

Reform is a word that has many meanings. It is usually associated with economic reforms, but there are reforms outside the economy that are as important as economic reforms and, in their own way, reinforce economic reforms, h

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Across the aisle: Mr AB Vajpayee, RIP

Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93, passed away last Thursday after a long battle with illness. He started his political career as a swayamsevak, remained a member of the Jana Sangh until its merger in the Janata Party, founded the

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Across the aisle: First anarchy, now autarky

There is a vast difference between being market-friendly and business-friendly.


Across the aisle: Engaging with Mr Imran Khan

India must press Pakistan on matters that the two countries can address regardless of the issue of J&K.

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Across the AISLE: Debate, questions, but no answers

On Friday, July 20, the government reluctantly agreed to a debate on a motion of no-confidence, the first such motion in the four years and two months of the Narendra Modi government.

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Across The Aisle: France wins honours, Croatia wins hearts

On its way to the final, Croatia beat Nigeria, Argentina, Iceland, Denmark, Russia, England and drew with Switzerland. Other examples of small but prosperous countries are Iceland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand.

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Across the aisle: BJP renders aid and advice to LG!

The irony of our times is that the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

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Across the AISLE: Su-raj (good governance) and Ms Sushma Swaraj

After the election, Ms Swaraj fought a lonely battle to find an honourable place in the new govt and was ultimately accommodated as EAM — but with little say in the conduct of foreign policy, which had been taken over by th

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US has gone rogue, consequences of trade war will be serious

It is not the Third World War, but the consequences will be serious and will hurt all countries of the world. On the trade front, the world’s biggest player, the US, has gone rogue.

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The remains of the day

'I had no hesitation in blaming the BJP-led central government’s policy for the rapidly deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Kashmir valley.'

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Searching for Shangri-La

If there is a Shangri-La, it is not likely to be in India, and that will be a big disappointment for all Indians who take pride in the history, culture, civilisational attributes and traditions of the country.

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Across the aisle: Governments hide, people seek

The government puffed up the Q4 growth rate and claimed that the worst effects of demonetisation and a flawed GST were over.

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Across the Aisle: Second-class citizens?

What brought the two into focus at the same time was the letter written by the Archbishop to the parish priests on May 8, 2018, and the essay written by Mr Ribeiro in a major newspaper on May 28, 2018.

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Across The Aisle: Who is minding the store?

A famous election promise was that the rupee-dollar rate (then Rs 59) will be brought down to Rs 40! Between January and May 2018, the rupee has been among the worst performing currencies. It has depreciated from Rs 63.65 to

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Who will save the Constitution?

Once the orders were given from the top, events unfolded rapidly in Karnataka.

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Across the aisle: India is failing the test on J&K

Every executive action will be responsible action. In J&K, this principle stands on its head: every executive action is an impulsive and insincere action.

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