T C A Srinivasa Raghavan

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Modiji, enough of politics, focus on economy now!

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 BJP could have avoided CAA storm

How BJP could have avoided CAA storm

Rediff.com26 Dec 2019

'The majoritarian solution is what the BJP always prefers.' 'But this solution suffers from a major weakness: It ignores subjective preferences which can be important and non-negotiable,' points out T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Is Modi going the Manmohan way?

Is Modi going the Manmohan way?

Rediff.com5 Dec 2019

'The Modi government, like the Singh one, has run into what is called a perfect storm, where everything that can go wrong does so at the same time,' points out T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Delhi Smog: Can a clear solution be found?

Delhi Smog: Can a clear solution be found?

Rediff.com22 Nov 2019

'You can't consume clean air if you won't pay for it just because it's a 30-day problem,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

India and the economics of good intentions

India and the economics of good intentions

Rediff.com14 Nov 2019

Good intentions are best left to political parties, governments and religious establishments, suggests T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

How to get out of the Great Indian Slump

How to get out of the Great Indian Slump

Rediff.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 common

What Kashmir and Tamil Nadu have in common

Rediff.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?

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.

What's the truth about the fiscal deficit?

What's the truth about the fiscal deficit?

Rediff.com15 Oct 2019

'Why do we make finance ministers go into contortions, to tell us that near 6% is 3.5%?' 'Why not encourage more open and full accounting so that the country knows the real picture,' asks T N Ninan.

Indian economy is like a man with aggravated hydrocele

Indian economy is like a man with aggravated hydrocele

Rediff.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 upgrade

Amendment to Article 370 no more than a systems upgrade

Rediff.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 thinkers

BJP's Big Problem: No economic thinkers

Rediff.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 decade

We've no idea what we are going to do in the next decade

Rediff.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.

We've no idea what we are going to do in the next decade

We've no idea what we are going to do in the next decade

Rediff.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 economy

How Modi can rescue the economy

Rediff.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 Modi can rescue the economy

How Modi can rescue the economy

Rediff.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?

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 do

What Modi needs to do

Rediff.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!

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 term

Why PMs need a 7 year term

Rediff.com21 Mar 2019

'A single seven-year term will free them from party pressures entirely,' says T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.

Will BJP return with a full majority?

Will BJP return with a full majority?

Rediff.com7 Mar 2019

'The 2019 election could well become a referendum on Narendra Damodardas Modi, in which case the BJP could prove all its critics wrong,' notes T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Only a govt job is considered real 'employment'

Only a govt job is considered real 'employment'

Rediff.com21 Feb 2019

'...because of its permanent nature.' 'If you work for the private sector or for yourself, you are not regarded as being employed,' points out T C A Srinivasa Raghavan.

Shaktikanta Das's biggest challenge

Shaktikanta Das's biggest challenge

Rediff.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.

Ayodhya will be a big BJP issue in 2019

Ayodhya will be a big BJP issue in 2019

Rediff.com17 Dec 2018

Elections are about exploiting emotions and not things like roti, kapda and makan, a very senior BJP politician tells T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

How to end the govt-RBI rift

How to end the govt-RBI rift

Rediff.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.

'Governors come and governors go'

'Governors come and governors go'

Rediff.com11 Dec 2018

'When there is no middle ground possible between the government and the governor, the governor has to go.'

RBI-govt tussles are not new

RBI-govt tussles are not new

Rediff.com20 Nov 2018

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan recalls a tussle between the government and RBI when Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister and how it was resolved.

CBI fiasco: Opportunity to set the parrot free

CBI fiasco: Opportunity to set the parrot free

Rediff.com19 Nov 2018

'The CBI must become a creature of the Constitution,' argues T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

RBI vs govt: What Modi should have done

RBI vs govt: What Modi should have done

Rediff.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.'

Are voices of dissent in the BJP rising?

Are voices of dissent in the BJP rising?

Rediff.com26 Oct 2018

Even Subramanian Swamy, who says he is an ardent supporter of the prime minister, has been taking proxy pot shots at him.' 'At the ground level too, there is resentment from workers and local leaders who have perhaps not got whatever they may have wanted,' notes T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Rafale deal is not crony capitalism

Rafale deal is not crony capitalism

Rediff.com19 Sep 2018

'When you ask one of the established industrialists to execute a large project it is exactly the same as your not asking your neighbourhood dhaba-owner to cater at your daughter's wedding dinner which will be attended by a thousand guests,' notes T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

If not Rahul, who can lead the Opposition?

If not Rahul, who can lead the Opposition?

Rediff.com14 Sep 2018

'It is entirely possible that Sonia Gandhi wants her son to be prime minister.' 'If so, it is game, set and match to the BJP,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Would Vajpayee have approved of Modi-Shah's BJP?

Would Vajpayee have approved of Modi-Shah's BJP?

Rediff.com6 Sep 2018

'Vajpayee would not have approved either of the way the BJP now functions or of the thoughts that it entertains in its mind,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

India's Governance Problem and how it can be solved

India's Governance Problem and how it can be solved

Rediff.com16 Aug 2018

'The Constitution must reflect the reality of mature states because otherwise it is the Centre that will become irrelevant,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Why BJP and Congress must merge

Why BJP and Congress must merge

Rediff.com20 Jul 2018

'The BJP and Congress are like those Bollywood lovers who are kept apart by their families where it is a generational problem of different values: The older ones think differently from the younger ones,' argues T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

How Modi fares vs previous PMs

How Modi fares vs previous PMs

Rediff.com11 Jun 2018

'His record will be clouded by the same negative factors as of Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao, namely, their politics and therefore social policies,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

The Problem with Modinomics

The Problem with Modinomics

Rediff.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.

What role will the RSS play in the 2019 poll?

What role will the RSS play in the 2019 poll?

Rediff.com25 Apr 2018

Many important RSS people believe the 2014 result was the consequence of Hindutva and not just Modi's outstanding oratory, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Form 16 or Form 16A: What would you opt for?

Form 16 or Form 16A: What would you opt for?

Rediff.com26 Mar 2018

'A gig economy is more suited for superior economic outcomes.' 'You try to create an environment where people can earn more.' 'This is what should happen in India. Indeed it is already happening,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

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