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P Chidambaram

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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

Across the aisle: New Year resolutions for the NDA government

Who or what is the most omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient entity in the country today? Undoubtedly, the Modi government, or so it is believed by a cross-section of the people

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P Chidambaram’s column: Confessions of a stricken conscience

The mid-year analysis for 2015-16 presented last week contains a string of confessions and admissions that tell us more about the Narendra Modi government’s performance than all the learned commentaries taken together.

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Searching for a method in the madness

‘Criminalising’ the National Herald case, raiding a chief minister’s office and using a governor to destabilise the government in a sensitive border state are, in my view, nothing but madness. I wonder if anyone can dis

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Sputter, stop. Then, suddenly, start

Pakistan is there. It is on India’s western border (and until 1971 was also on the eastern border). It cannot be wished away; nor can India pretend it will go away.

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How to lose a friend and alienate people

Nepal has a special relationship with India. The two countries share a religious and cultural history. There is an open border.

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Across the aisle: What is economic reform, what is not

Post-Bihar, there is talk of returning to the development agenda. I would be the happiest person if the energies of the government and Parliament can be channelised into implementing a solid agenda of development.

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There is a mountain to climb: P Chidambaram

Parliament has been summoned to meet on November 26, 2015. The state of the economy requires more than a summons to the members of Parliament.

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The ethos of India wins the election

Every student of political science will try to make sense of the outcome of the election in Bihar. It is easy to make nonsense of the result, as the BJP’s Parliamentary Board did, blaming it on the ‘arithmetic’.

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Win or lose, Mr Narendra Modi will be on test

Who will win the elections in Bihar is the question uppermost on everyone’s mind. There are two principal formations: the NDA led by Mr Narendra Modi and the Grand Alliance led by Mr Nitish Kumar.

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The NJAC conundrum

With a few deft strokes of the pen, the NJAC Act that was struck down can be changed to make it acceptable to Parliament, the Executive and the judiciary.

Paradise lost, will it be regained?

Mahinda Rajapaksa was wrong when he thought he would be remembered forever as the President who defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka—and would be re-elected.

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A call to the collective conscience

After many years, ‘protest’ has found its voice and a new legitimacy. In the last two weeks, about 25 writers have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards and some have resigned from the Akademi.

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