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P Chidambaram

Articles By P Chidambaram

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Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: Big, rich and unaccountable

Just as we will not endure a king as ruler, we ought not to endure a ruler who wants to be king. Many countries have term limits on their President or Prime Minister because he/she could acquire absolute power.

A farmer prepares 'langar' at Singhu border to mark the one-year anniversary of farmers' agitation, in New Delhi (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: Happy With My Hinduism

The first line is inscribed on the walls of the United Nations. The poem is believed to reflect the way of life of the Tamils 2,000 years ago and earlier.

Devotees light candles at Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara in Patna on the occasion of Deepawali (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: Cricket is a game, not war

The game has changed beyond recognition. For decades, the only version was the 5-day Test — slow, often boring, and with no certainty of a result.

Pakistan's Shadab Khan, centre, celebrates Australia's Glenn Maxwell dismissal during Twenty20 World Cup semi-final match in Dubai (AP Photo)

Across the Aisle: Pro-change or no change, writes P Chidambaram

Real change will tear apart walls, stop wars, unite people not of a country alone but of the world, reduce inequalities, banish hunger, and eliminate poverty.

Congress candidate from Mandi Lok Sabha seat Pratibha Singh celebrates her victory in by-elections in Shimla (PTI image)

Across the Aisle: Neither victory nor justice, writes P Chidambaram

Surprisingly, the Home Minister did not visit the erstwhile state for over two years after August 2019. Meanwhile, a number of ministers visited the UTs but they were totally boycotted by the people.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah greeted by supporters in Srinagar (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: Will South Asia go blind?

Founded in 1951, the IOM recognised the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development as well as the right to freedom of movement.

A file picture of the Delhi communal violence (PTI)

Across the Aisle: Mindset that harms human rights, writes P Chidambaram

To the best of my knowledge, in the last over three years, the Prime Minister has not uttered a word on the human rights of the prisoners in the Bhima Koregaon case nor on the prolonged delay in even framing the charges, in a

Across the Aisle: Mindset that harms human rights, writes P Chidambaram

Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: Whose law, whose order?

Let’s take the last pearl of police wisdom — the charges. There is no offence contained in Section 151 of the CrPC and hence no one can be ‘charged' under that section.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi at the Maharishi Valmiki temple in Lucknow (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: The case of the missing jobs, writes P Chidambaram

The CMIE has also calculated the net cumulative increase in total employment between September 2020 and September 2021: it is a measly 44,483.

SP protest in Lucknow

Across the Aisle: Mischievous and fake crusades, writes P Chidambaram

A secular nation must stamp out such fanaticism whether it is expressed in words or deeds or through subtle means of discrimination.

UDF protest

Across the Aisle: Inequity and injustice writ large, writes P Chidambaram

Entries 63 to 66 posed no problem at all because they dealt with some named institutions, institutions of scientific and technical education funded by the Central government, training institutions and laying down of standards

Aspirants of NEET outside an examination centre in Vellore (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: The greater catastrophe, writes P Chidambaram

There has been a lot of debate on availability of hospital beds, oxygen, ventilators, medicines, ambulances, space at burial/cremation grounds and vaccines.

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Across the Aisle: No thanks to the government, writes P Chidambaram

Nevertheless, we must welcome the growth of 20.1 per cent because it shows what a country and its people can achieve notwithstanding an insensitive and uncaring government.

Police detain unemployed youth staging a protest in Hyderabad (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: The grand closing down sale, writes P Chidambaram

Apart from the glaring absence of criteria in the choice of PSUs that have been brought under the NMP, it is not clear what the objectives are. Consider the objective of collecting a “rent” of Rs 1,50,000 crore a year.

However, she failed to disclose when those assets were built.

Across the Aisle: State of ‘the state of the nation’, writes P Chidambaram

Independence Day celebration is not a colourful spectacle like the Republic Day parade, but the speech makes up for the floats, the march-past and the fly-past.

PM Narendra Modi during the 75th Independence Day function in New Delhi (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: Spare a thought for the economy, writes P Chidambaram

The big leap came when the GDP quadrupled between 1991 and 2014. Since 2014, the rate of growth has been tepid and uneven, thanks to self-inflicted wounds, the external environment and the pandemic.

Job candidates protest demanding speedy recruitment in Kolkata (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle | Pandemic: Beyond the economy, writes P Chidambaram

India is doing worse than any of the other G-20 countries in vaccinating the adult population — only 10,81,27,846 people have received two doses of the vaccine against the target of 95-100 crore.

School girls practice for the 75th Independence Day function in Patiala (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: Business only with governments, writes P Chidambaram

The four words are in a written communication of the NSO Group, the creator and owner of the malevolent spyware named Pegasus.

A man holds Hungary's PM Viktor Orban’s poster during a protest against the Hungarian government for using Pegasus spyware to monitor journalists, opposition leaders and activists in Budapest, Hungary (Reuters photo)

Across the Aisle: Government rides a winged horse, writes P Chidambaram

When a storm broke out on snooping on political leaders, judges, journalists, civil rights activists, students, businesspersons and social friends of the ‘chosen people’, it was revealed that owners of thousands of mobile

Pegasus protest

Across the Aisle: The sovereign looks the other way, writes P Chidambaram

Apart from the sovereign, there are bodies that are regarded as quasi-sovereigns for reasons that I shall not elaborate for want of space. Among them are the Central bank (RBI) and government-owned large banks (e.g., SBI).

Congress activists in a protest rally against the hike in LPG and fuel prices in Kolkata (PTI Image)

Across the Aisle: The ghost takes form and shape, writes P Chidambaram

When this controversy was building, four institutions of India — supposedly watchdogs — failed the country: the media, the Supreme Court, Parliament and the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG).

Therefore, when a French investigating journal, Mediapart, published a report last Saturday, following up on its report of April 2021 on the Rafale Aircraft deal, not a leaf stirred in the hot, dry and windless capital of India.

Across the Aisle: We had wings, learned to fly, writes P Chidambaram

There was a political consensus on a State-controlled economy, monopoly or dominance of the public sector, import control, fixed exchange rate, licensing, and a suspicion of markets.

Economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia with former prime minister Manmohan Singh (Image: Express Archives)

Across the Aisle: Most Severely Mauled Enterprises, writes P Chidambaram

Throughout this terrible phase, I have watched the fortunes of agriculture, micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the services sector because, between them, they employ the bulk of the labour force.

A worker at a silk factory in Agartala (Express photo)

Across the Aisle by P Chidambaram: Will we write an elegy for GST?

Enter Ms Nirmala Sitharaman. At every successive meeting of the Council there has been only more conflict, confrontation and, now, almost a complete breakdown of mutual trust and respect.

In case of establishment strength of more than 1,000 for all those with Rs 15,000 per month salary, only employee's share (12 per cent of wages) is credited by the Government to the EPFO.

Across the Aisle: Take responsibility, consult, make plans, writes P Chidambaram

On their part, the state governments and the Opposition must move on. We must clear the mess and achieve the targets set by epidemiologists and health experts.

Even today, the actual production and supply, month-wise, of the two manufacturers have not been disclosed.

Across The Aisle: The bird and the worm agree, writes P Chidambaram

The NSO and the local survey — the bird and the worm — saw the same picture on the ground. That is a happy congruence which leaves the Finance Minister and the Chief Economic Adviser locked in an echo chamber.

The view may be stark, dirty and ugly, but it will be closer to the truth.

Across the Aisle: A bigger calamity awaits us, writes P Chidambaram

However, there is one thing about the future that is no longer uncertain. It is about the economic conditions of the people of the country. It will be worse than it should be, inequality will increase and the vast majority of

The Total Fatality Rate (TFR) in May had gone up to 2 per cent and every infected person has prayed that he or she should not be among the dead.
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