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P Chidambaram

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P Chidambaram’s Brexit lessons for PM Narendra Modi, BJP

The people of the United Kingdom (UK) have decided to leave the European Union (EU). More accurately, a divided people of a disunited kingdom have voted by a majority of less than 4% to quit a Union they had joined 43 years a

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P Chidambaram on new era in economic history in India

Twenty-five years ago, the mood of the people of India was one of fear and despair.

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Ishrat Jahan case: P Chidambaram on fake encounter with facts

Ishrat Jahan and three others were killed by the Gujarat police in an encounter. Was it a genuine encounter or a fake encounter? I do not know the answer.

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GDP number not ‘as accurate as possible’, says P Chidambaram

The steep decline in oil and commodity prices is a new phenomenon and I think the CSO is not equipped to construct credible growth numbers in such a situation.

Swachh Bharat thinks it has the answers, but it doesn’t: P Chidambaram

Swachh Bharat’ or ‘Clean India’ cannot be a slogan or an event. It has to become a habit, nay, a passion.

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I wish PM Modi had said: P Chidambaram on what PM should have said in his speech on economy

I greet you on this day, May 26, 2016, when my government completes two years in office. The usual practice is to make a self-congratulatory speech...

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It is not yet the turning point, says P Chidambaram

Sometimes, the expected masquerades as the unexpected. Sober reflection had told us many months ago that the governments in Assam and Kerala would be voted out and new governments voted in.

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P Chidambaram Column: Even hardcore supporters scrambling over Modi govt’s expensive misadventures

Back in the summer of 2014, almost anything was possible for the BJP government

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P Chidambaram: Bharatanatyam dancer could have brought greater clarity on NDA vs UPA economy than Panagariya

When the UPA assumed office in May 2004, the economy was not growing at the rate of 8.1%. No one in his right mind will pick one year to describe the trend growth rate.

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Government should back CJI on justice delivery reform: P Chidambaram

The subject cannot be dealt with in a single column, nevertheless I think I should make a beginning. The breakdown of the justice delivery system is happening before our eyes.

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P Chidambaram’s column: Rajan is right; India challenged in one eye, government a bundle of nerves

This government is a bundle of nerves. It sees ghosts where none exists. It sees enemies even among friendly and neutral commentators. And it has men and women who are ready to shoot to kill even without orders

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P Chidambaram’s column: Embracing Kashmir, alienating Kashmiris

‘Who am I?’ is a question that no one has been able to answer satisfactorily. Just as an individual seeks answers to the question of his or her identity, a people sharing many characteristics...

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Across the aisle| Former FM Chidamabaram’s 5 reasons why investments are not taking off anytime soon

Data is pouring in from diverse sources and one thing is clear: investments are not taking off any time soon

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Basking in an illusory sunshine

The Revenue secretary is reported to have sent a missive to the Central Board of Direct Taxes asking the board to explain why direct taxes collection had fallen short of the revised estimates.

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Slogans, patriots and anti-nationals

Slogans and elections are inseparable companions. When the Lok Sabha election of 2014 was imminent, the BJP named Mr Narendra Modi as its candidate for Prime Minister...

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Aadhaar Bill: Ends right, means wrong

History can be told through stories. So can politics. If you wish to explain the politics of India through a story, you need go no further than the story of Aadhaar.

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Budget 2016-17: The fiscal math is puzzling, says P Chidambaram

The Chief economic adviser should be glad that he lost the argument on fiscal deficit. It was a good argument to lose! I compliment the finance minister for achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3.9%...

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Dear farmers: Achhe din are coming

Farmers may rejoice. The government has finally acknowledged that farmers are part of India, that the farm sector faces acute distress, and that farmers need a helping hand.

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Across the AISLE: A wish list and some notes of caution

It is just as well that the last day of February will fall on a Monday when the budget will be presented.

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Across the aisle: Maybe we are all anti-nationals

Bal Gangadhar Tilak declared “Swaraj is my birthright”. He was charged with sedition. He was an anti-national according to the rulers of the day.

Across the aisle: Maybe we are all anti-nationals

Across the aisle: Crouching tiger vs hidden dragon

How quickly an idea or a word or a phrase can spread across a country! In a matter of weeks, the phrase ‘net neutrality’ went from a term used by a small group of tech industry insiders and academics to a phrase of common

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Across the Aisle | MGNREGA: Making a meal of words

Parliament is the highest legislative body. The Prime Minister is the Chief Executive of the country. A statement made by the Prime Minister in Parliament must have a certain sanctity and solemnity.

Across the Aisle | MGNREGA: Making a meal of words

China and India: In same choppy waters, says P Chidambaram

India became independent in 1947; the Communist Party of China (CPC) proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

‘My birth is my fatal accident’

Reservation’ for the socially and educationally backward classes in schools and colleges brought Rohith Chakravarthi Vemula to the University of Hyderabad...

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Across the aisle: To talk or not to talk

In February 1999, Prime Minister Vajpayee visited Lahore and signed with Prime Minister Sharif the Lahore Declaration. Within three months of that visit, in May, the Kargil war began.

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Across the aisle | Oil windfall: Gone with the wind

Since January 2015, the price has remained range bound and, in recent weeks, has fallen further. Two days ago, brent crude price fell below $34 per barrel!

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Column: The price we pay for procrastination

The best reassurance to a nation shaken by the recent terror attacks is to notify NCTC forthwith.

Column: The price we pay for procrastination
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