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P Chidambaram

Articles By P Chidambaram

310 Articles

Across The Aisle: From crisis to catastrophe, writes P Chidambaram

I shall not be surprised if hospital administrators are besieged by angry protesters in much the same way it is happening now in the case of shortage of hospital beds and oxygen.

Across The Aisle: After 7 years, deprivation, disease and death

The quality of governance has sunk to an abysmal low. The result is what we see around us — deprivation, debt, disease and death. Did the people who voted the government to power in 2019 deserve this? I would say NO.

Police stand guard during lockdown in Puri as coronavirus cases surge countrywide (PTI image)

Elections are less free and fair

The Election Commission (EC) was fiercely independent: for instance, it acknowledged the logic of allotting a common symbol to all the candidates of the AIADMK (though it was not a recognised party and had won only one by-ele

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally in support of BJP party candidates for West Bengal Assembly Polls at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur district (PTI Image)

The ghost of Rafale appears

They trust the institutions that they have installed to tackle these challenges including Parliament/Legislature, the judiciary, the free media, the CAG and the Opposition political parties.

When these institutions fail — separately or collectively, because of incapacity or collusion or fear — the people just give up and move on.

Across the Aisle: Modi thought and its consequences, writes P Chidambaram

Polling will be completed in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the U.T. of Puducherry two days from today and part-completed in West Bengal, with five phases remaining. The BJP has high stakes in Assam and West Bengal and is maki

Across the Aisle: Go back, Viceroy of Delhi

Delhi is the National Capital of India. It is acknowledged that the government of Delhi has to be different from the governments of states; yet, if that government must be a democratic government, it must put the people at th

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal address a protest against the Government of NCT Delhi (Amendment) Bill 2021, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi (PTI Image)

Coalitions are collaborations better than single party autocratic regimes and deliver better outcomes

There are many examples at the state level. The DMK was founded on regional pride, love of Tamil, self-respect, anti-superstition and anti-caste. Its splinter, the AIADMK, was ostensibly born out of a crusade against corrupti

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers participate in a march in Bhopal (Image: PTI)

Across The Aisle: The tragedy of the missing middle, writes P Chidambaram

Given that the bottom 20 per cent of any developing country must be assumed to be poor, that leaves 7 per cent which may be called the middle class.

Farmers shout slogans and wave flags during the ongoing farmers' protest in Haryana (Reuters image)

Across The Aisle: Besides economy, freedom is sliding

Amidst a shallow and short-lived recovery and private investment missing, any celebration is totally premature. We must await the estimates for Q4 and for the whole year as well as the indicators for health and education, wri

Farmers block the KMP Expressway near Duhai, Ghaziabad against Centre's farm laws (PTI Image)

Across The Aisle: Courts sound the bell for liberty

Never before in the history of independent India have the powers of the State been mobilised so ruthlessly to suppress every voice of dissent or protest or defiance.

Demonstrators protest against the arrest of 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi, in Kolkata (Reuters image)

Numbers do not lie: ‘attempt to fudge the numbers and present a so-called ‘budget for growth’ is unpardonable’

When the Budget for 2020-21 was presented on February 1, 2020, I had questioned the credibility of the three key numbers.

The good thing about the NBFID mandate is its scope into the brownfield as well.

The quintessential andolanjeevi

A dissenting mind belongs to a thinking person. Great judges have been great dissenters: Justice Frankfurter, Justice Subba Rao, Justice H R Khanna and others.

Tara Gandhi Bhattacharya, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, with BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait at farmers' protest in Ghazipur, Delhi (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: A calculating head but no heart

The most deserving were left to their fate. Since I had no expectations, I have no disappointment, but millions of others feel cheated, writes P Chidambaram.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman launches 'Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Scheme' in Guwahati (PTI image)

No expectations, no disappointment

All but one ally have left the NDA; the crypto-allies (YSRCP, TRS, BJD, BSP) have distanced themselves on contentious issues; and the alienation between the Treasury Benches and the Opposition is complete.

The farmers are angry, the protests have spread to other parts of the country, and the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are deeply hurt by what they believe to be the machinations of the central government and the BJP.

Across the Aisle: ‘Exact words’ is a betrayal, writes P Chidambaram

All this is bad news for Mr Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, and among the richest persons in the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surrounded by the media during a hearing on protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US. (Reuters/File image)

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)
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