August 23, 2015

Across the Aisle: Will someone please read the tea leaves

The Government seems to think that negative inflation in the wholesale price index is a sign of economic good health. It is not. It could mean that demand is sluggish. Besides, it depresses prices for the producers, especially the farmers, leading to distress in the agriculture sector. The Prime Minister is entitled to choose the place and subject of his […]
August 16, 2015

Across the Aisle: PM Narendra Modi has promises to keep

June 2015 marked the seventh straight month of decline in exports, year-on-year. During the seven-month period exports have shrunk by 14.11 per cent. The Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation has warned that exports may decline significantly even in volume terms which will lead to lay-offs and retrenchments. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red […]
August 9, 2015

Across the Aisle: An open letter in reply to the Finance Minister

Your letter pointedly refers to the dissent note submitted by three members of the Congress and rebukes them. In fairness, you should have also referred to the dissent notes of AIADMK and CPI-M members. From your letter, it appears that you do not intend to engage them in further discussion. Nothing can be more fatal to the Bill than a […]
August 2, 2015

Across the Aisle – Monetary policy committee: vote or veto?

So much has happened that is cause for grief, concern or plain disgust. The universally admired Dr A P J Abdul Kalam passed away. There was a terror attack in Gurdaspur. Amidst a debate on the legality and morality of the death penalty, Yakub Memon was hanged. Cases of molestation or rape continue to be reported every day. Government is […]
July 26, 2015

Across The Aisle: 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.  Irrespective of the wishes of the Prime Minister and the Government, it will not go away. A news channel broke the story on June 14, 2015. Three […]
July 19, 2015

Across the Aisle: Speech is silver, silence golden

Today we have a PM who will “see no evil and hear no evil” when it concerns the ministers in his council of ministers or the BJP’s chief ministers or ministers or his friends and fellow swayamsevaks. And because he will see no evil or hear no evil, he will not speak on any of them. Mr Modi’s new armour […]
July 13, 2015

A Greek tragedy every which way

Greece is not a rogue state. It does not harbour terrorist groups. It has no territorial ambitions. Greece is a lovely country that boasts of one of the oldest civilisations of the world and is proud of its contributions to mathematics, philosophy and statecraft. Greece’s connection with India began with a young warrior-king, Alexander. When the reigning king visited India […]
July 5, 2015

Across the Aisle: ‘Export or perish’. Have we chosen ‘perish’?

Since April 2015, the situation seems to have turned for the worse. We have the numbers for the whole of 2014-15 and up to May 2015. A trend is discernible and it is worrying There is a silent crisis brewing on the economic front and the political class seems unconcerned about it. For the first time in recent years, the […]