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P Chidambaram

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In Jammu and Kashmir, the road to disaster

We have a new governor of Jammu and Kashmir, a new chief secretary, a new director general of police and a new adviser on...

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out...

India is failing the test on J-K

Mr Ram Madhav is the pointsman of the RSS and the BJP-led Central government for India’s foreign relations and Jammu & Kashmir. (Is there...

One-man band cannot make music

There is a new Cold War in the world. It is not between the United States and Russia; that is a diplomatic war between...

Courage fails, rhetoric remains

Every budget has a context, every budget must have a goal. The context of Budget 2018-19 was graphically described in the Economic Survey: The...

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came...

Across the aisle: Summer of 2014 to autumn of 2017

I did not set the cat among the pigeons. In fact, my grievance was that nothing that more knowledgeable persons (leave aside my views)...

Pushing each other to the brink

On many occasions in the past, I had cautioned that the Kashmir issue or problem (or by whatever name it is called) was a...

Kashmir is sliding into disaster

The people of the Kashmir Valley have alternated between hope and despair. J&K has seen good times and bad times, but the present time...

Win some, steal some

The five state elections (Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur) had a common feature: it was a vote against the incumbent government. The...

The people have voted; now, we hope

There is no doubt whatsoever that the victories in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand have re-confirmed that Mr Narendra Modi is the most dominant...

Statistics is growth: let’s eat statistics

The Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) is an honourable institution. Dr Pronab Sen, the former chief statistician, and Dr T C A Anant, the current...

Wanted expansion, got contraction

A budget is contextual.  When the new year dawned, some things were abundantly clear. Firstly, the external environment was no longer benign (rising oil...

Muddling through another budget, another year

Budget day has come and gone. Millions of words have been spoken and written since Wednesday. Not many will remember the numbers or the...

Navigating through the do’s and don’ts

Every budget is determined by the context and the context is determined by the circumstances — economic, political and the year in the term...

It is a balloon, it is a kite!

It is the Budget season. The good, bad and ugly (ideas) will be on display. One idea that is in the realm of speculation...

Prepare for ‘slow down India’

There are four engines of growth: government expenditure, private consumption, private investment and exports. Two of the engines — private investment and exports —...

Will 2017 be a happy new year?

We should be happy that the Indian economy, according to the government, grew at an average of 7.4 per cent (new series) in 2014-15...

Cashless economy: A distracting mirage

Every now and then a new word or phrase is introduced into the conversation. On November 8, 2016, it was demonetisation. It was portrayed...

Across the aisle: No jobs, no credit growth, no private investments

Between the gathering storm on the India-Pakistan border and the massive disruption to the economy, Saturday, November 26, passed almost unnoticed. The day marked...

Demonetising notes or demonising cash?

I am obliged to return to the subject of ‘Old Notes for New’ because the hardship and suffering of the people continue. It is...