All stories by T C A Srinivasa Raghavan
Why do politicians keep their health secret?Rediff.com25 Apr 2020
'It is not the country's interests alone that lead to all this secrecy.' 'More usually, the reason is the threat from political rivals: What will they do if they find out?', notes T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Why you must visit New ZealandRediff.com8 Feb 2020
'After living in a country with hazy skies and a billion people, it is breathtaking when the sky is blue, the air crisply clean and there is drinking water in the taps. And, joy of joys, hardly any people.'
Modiji, enough of politics, focus on economy now!Rediff.com7 Jan 2020
'With the big political job done, the time has come to pay attention to the economy, which is the main problem now,' argues T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
How to get out of the Great Indian SlumpRediff.com6 Nov 2019
'Should the most important part of economic reform not comprise the way we look at the fiscal deficit?', asks T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
What Kashmir and Tamil Nadu have in commonRediff.com25 Oct 2019
'In both places the minority was disproportionately powerful.' 'Few people acknowledge it but at its core the Tamil Nadu problem between the Brahmins and the rest was one of power.' 'In Kashmir the Hindus held most of the land and the accompanying political power, while the Muslims were the peasants and powerless,' notes T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Time for a states income tax?Rediff.com17 Oct 2019
States could then stop complaining about the Centre and fashion their own economic destinies, says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Indian economy is like a man with aggravated hydroceleRediff.com19 Sep 2019
'The Indian economy has become like a car that has the appropriate wheels on one side -- political liberalism -- and scooter wheels -- economic illiberalism -- on the other,' points out T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Amendment to Article 370 no more than a systems upgradeRediff.com26 Aug 2019
'Whether it is a good upgrade or not is something the judges will decide on the technicalities of the process, not substance. 'But they can't do much because of the constitutional fiction they themselves propounded with their "basic structure" formulation. 'That has not been violated because Article 370 was constitutionally temporary,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
BJP's Big Problem: No economic thinkersRediff.com26 Jul 2019
'How do you deliver wealth when you don't have the slightest idea about it?' asks T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
We've no idea what we are going to do in the next decadeRediff.com6 Jul 2019
'An era of fiscal pessimism is setting in, which, if not countered intellectually, is going to have the same effect as export pessimism has had,' notes T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
How Modi can rescue the economyRediff.com26 Jun 2019
''I have been saying for the last 25 years, to no avail naturally, that the only government asset that is politically unproblematic is land,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
How will Modi deal with India's liberals?Rediff.com15 Jun 2019
'He can at least invite them for tea in small groups once a month on Sundays.' 'If nothing else, he will have the pleasure of ruining their weekend,' suggests T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
What Modi needs to doRediff.com31 May 2019
'The time has come to ask the extent of coercive power the State must arrogate to itself to achieve economic ends,' points out T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Modi2 must focus on the economy!Rediff.com17 May 2019
'If he were to ask me, I would tell Mr Modi that the real Congress legacy he has to undo is not Nehru's social and political philosophy -- which fits India perfectly -- but his daughter's economic philosophy,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Why PMs need a 7 year termRediff.com21 Mar 2019
'A single seven-year term will free them from party pressures entirely,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Shaktikanta Das's biggest challengeRediff.com31 Jan 2019
The RBI governor has to convert the zero-sum game with the government from a non-cooperative one -- which his two predecessors had made it -- to a cooperative one, explains T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
How to end the govt-RBI riftRediff.com15 Dec 2018
'Has the time come to devise Version 2 of ad hoc T-bills?' 'In return, the government must agree to privatise all but five or six banks.' 'If something like this is not done, we will have governments going on the rampage, with increasing frequency,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
RBI vs govt: What Modi should have doneRediff.com16 Nov 2018
'All that Mr Modi needed to do was to call Urjit Patel over for a cup of tea and ask him nicely, and this fuss would never have happened.'
The Problem with ModinomicsRediff.com17 May 2018
'In macroeconomic policy, timing is all, and by leaving things too late, Mr Modi may have made around 50 seats in the Lok Sabha highly vulnerable,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
How the Supreme Court became 'lions under the throne'Rediff.com17 Mar 2018
The Supreme Court of India became "lions under the throne" when Jawaharlal Nehru brought in the fourth amendment in 1955, says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
Modi must heed Indian economists, not only NRI onesRediff.com14 Feb 2017
'The time has come to incorporate Indian sociology into economic policy.' 'The first step in that direction would be to listen to economists trained in India and not just the US and the UK, argues T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Tax, spend and be doomed: A lesson from FranceRediff.com25 Aug 2016
GST will make it easier for governments to spend more, says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.
'As a manager, Rajan hasn't been very good for the RBI'Rediff.com18 Jun 2016
'From where prime ministers sit, it makes no difference at all who occupies the governor's post.' 'Literally anyone with a decent education or work experience can be appointed to the job, which is basically a managerial one with little room for manoeuvre,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.