P Chidambaram

Articles By P Chidambaram

272 Articles

Across the aisle: At last, will we have an economic agenda?

For the first time in 15 months, the BJP/NDA government has been forced on the backfoot by external developments. Not everything, however, has changed

Across the aisle: Will someone please read the tea leaves

The Prime Minister is entitled to choose the place and subject of his speech. But the speech on Independence Day is different.

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Across the aisle: I have promises to keep…

After one year, P Chidambaram takes stock of the promises that PM Narendra Modi made in his I-Day speech 2014

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An open letter in reply to the finance minister by P Chidambaram

GST was blocked for nearly seven years by an obdurate BJP.

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Monetary policy committee: Vote or veto?

Who should decide the policy that will determine the rates of interest at which commercial banks will lend money?

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Sushma Swaraj, RTI and a Parliament question

I did not expect to write about the Lalit Modi-Sushma Swaraj controversy again this week. But it is the issue that has dominated media space, public discourse and Parliament for a whole week.

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Speech is silver, silence golden

Through the election campaign, I marveled at Mr Modi’s ability to work the crowd to a frenzy of support with his mastery over the spoken word.

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A Greek tragedy every which way: P Chidambaram

Then, Plato and Aristotle, and now Mr Tsipras. How did Greece fall so low?

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‘Export or perish’. Have we chosen ‘perish’?, asks P Chidambaram

There is a silent crisis brewing on the economic front and the political class seems unconcerned about it.

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Magna Carta does not assure liberty

King John ruled England from 1199 to 1216. He was, by most accounts, an incompetent king. He betrayed almost everyone he could profitably betray.

Many a slip between the cup and the lip: P Chidambaram

Making a budget is a task that can be completed with diligence and patience. Making promises — as well as declining to do so — in a budget speech...

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The GST Bill is history in the making: P Chidambaram

GST should also subsume state taxes such as VAT, sales tax, entertainment tax and entry tax not levied by local bodies, luxury tax, taxes on lottery, betting and gambling, tax on advertisements, and state surcharges and cesse

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Read governor Raghuram Rajan: Time to worry

On 26 May 2015, our mind space was occupied by celebrations on the part of the government and criticism on the part of the Opposition.

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Across the aisle: Letter to the Prime Minister

I am an average citizen. I belong to an average family, had an average education, live in an average town, hold an average job, and have average ambitions.

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P Chidambaram: How long can hot air keep balloon afloat?

In the elections held in 2014, the Congress lost and Mr Narendra Modi won, and I say that advisedly. No one remembers the promises made in the BJP’s manifesto or what the party’s then tall leaders said.

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P Chidambaram: It is the ‘middle’ that makes or breaks

The ‘middle’ can be very supportive, it can also be unforgiving. It is the ‘middle’ which makes or breaks governments, writes P Chidambaram.

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Across the aisle: Govt proposes, RBI disposes

An extraordinary thing happened 10 days ago, thanks to the finance minister, Mr Arun Jaitley.

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Across the aisle: Even to the causing of death

Some things do not have a place in a civilised country. One of them is the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, hereinafter AFSPA.

Across the aisle: Even to the causing of death

Across the aisle: Inflation is bad, but is deflation good?

There is satisfaction all round that inflation has declined.

Across the aisle: Inflation is bad, but is deflation good?

The bugle has been sounded: P Chidambaram

If one compared the Budget estimate for 2014-15 and the Budget estimate for 2015-16, the reduction was extremely harsh—nearly Rs 135,000 crore.

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Nine steps to nirvana: P Chidambaram

It is difficult to believe that a government will stake so much—risk of defeat in the Rajya Sabha, political capital, support of allies, Prime Minister’s time...

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P Chidambaram: Who wants rupee at 40 to the dollar?

Not Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not Ms Sushma Swaraj (who famously tweeted in August 2013, “The rupee has lost its value.

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Natural resources: Fog is yet to clear

Auctions are the flavour of the season.

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Equity suffers Rs 75,000-crore blow: P Chidambaram

The Finance minister listed 13 points for his Vision 2022. Among them were a roof for each family, clean drinking water...

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty: P Chidambaram

To most Indians, the story of the struggle for independence ended on August 15, 1947...

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Column: Budget 2015, Good, bad and ugly

We may have multiple parties in India, but among the “commentariat” (columnists, letter-writers, tweeters, bloggers and abusers), there are only two benches: the Treasury who can see nothing but good, and the Opposition,

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Column: Losing the Victor Hugo moment

Arun Jaitley had 282 on his side. He has lost the opportunity

Column: Losing the Victor Hugo moment
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