All stories by T C A Srinivasa Raghavan
How to judge Nirmalaji's second BudgetRediff.com11 Feb 2020
'The next general election is four years away. That's enough time to recover -- provided the government stops spending and taxing so much,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Watch out for Michael Patra at RBI!Rediff.com5 Feb 2020
'I am sure Dr Patra will get the fullest cooperation from the finance minister who needs workhorses, not prima donnas constantly looking to improve their CVs,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
How BJP could have avoided CAA stormRediff.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?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?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 intentionsRediff.com14 Nov 2019
Good intentions are best left to political parties, governments and religious establishments, suggests T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
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.
Ayodhya will be a big BJP issue in 2019Rediff.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.
RBI-govt tussles are not newRediff.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 freeRediff.com19 Nov 2018
'The CBI must become a creature of the Constitution,' argues T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
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 capitalismRediff.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?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?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 solvedRediff.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 mergeRediff.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 PMsRediff.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.
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?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.
Think the unthinkable: Can Rahul be PM in 2019?Rediff.com19 Mar 2018
'If on the back of the resentment against the Modi government, on the very outside chance that the Congress emerges as the single largest party in May 2019, will Rahul Gandhi become prime minister?' 'Or will he do a Sonia and appoint someone else?' asks T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
What makes for a good autobiography?Rediff.com10 Mar 2018
As cricketing ability goes, there is no comparison between Sanjay Manjrekar and Sachin Tendulkar. But while the former has produced a wonderful autobiography, the latter's book is deadly dull. In batting, they were the exact opposite: Manjrekar was a bore and Sachin an absolute marvel, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Why Modi should call the Lok Sabha poll in May 2018Rediff.com3 Mar 2018
'It will take the Opposition by surprise and catch it in total disarray.' 'By waiting for a year Mr Modi will only give it time to unite,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Judgment time for Mr ModiRediff.com19 Feb 2018
'Mr Modi, unless he changes his approach, may further legitimise the idea that it is perfectly all right for Hindus to dictate terms to the minorities.' 'Indira Gandhi's political expediency did permanent economic damage. Mr Modi's may end up causing permanent social damage,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Why Modi deserves praise for this BudgetRediff.com12 Feb 2018
'If anything, he is a fiscal hawk.' 'He has avoided fiscal profligacy completely for the past four years.' 'The fiscal deficits since 2014 are clear proof of this.' 'The point is not that it is not 3 per cent yet; it is that it is not 6, 7 or 8 per cent, which it could easily have been.' 'For this he needs to be congratulated.' 'He has recognised it no longer pays to spend other people's money to win elections,' points out T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Forget Vikas. Hindutva will be Modi's card in 2019Rediff.com2 Feb 2018
'Unlike in Gujarat, where he could ask for votes based on delivery, in 2019 he will have to appeal to his core Hindutva ideology, by firing over someone else's shoulders,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Be a khadoos, UrjitbhaiRediff.com24 Jan 2018
'If you keep inflation low, everything else like messing up after after demonetisation will be forgiven,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
It's time Modi abandons the Gujarat modelRediff.com18 Dec 2017
'The Gujarat model was never an economic model; it was essentially a governance model.'
'Mr Modi identified what would help him win votes and got it done, like 24x7 power in three phases, better roads, more water, etc.'
'Good economic governance at state level is quite different from good governance at national level,' points out T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Any idea why economists don't write autobiographies?Rediff.com6 Dec 2017
For a bunch that fancies itself so greatly and does not hesitate to express an opinion on everything, this is very odd behaviour, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Rahul must quit as Congress prez 5 years laterRediff.com4 Dec 2017
'He is 47 years old and not married. Since his son or daughter can contest for Parliament only 25 years after being born, the earliest, if he marries in December, would be 2043.' 'So this, pretty much, is the end of the road for dynastic rule in the party,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Know what Modi's real problem is?Rediff.com20 Nov 2017
'Today the real issue facing the Modi government is not about investment, credit and money supply and all those things economists like to talk about.' 'It is whether your average citizen has confidence in the government not to do something utterly whacky,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Can Modi lead a coalition?Rediff.com10 Nov 2017
'Differences will almost certainly arise over how the minorities are to be viewed and how educational institutions are to be treated.'
'These issues would be non-negotiable for Mr Modi's BJP.' 'So he may well refuse to lead a government in which his freedom of action is constrained by others in the coalition,' feels T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Is that a novel inside you or a short story?Rediff.com4 Nov 2017
A writer reveals the trick to writing a successful book.
Why India needs a coalition governmentRediff.com2 Nov 2017
'Though coalitions, which ruled India for 25 years after 1989, are regarded as a terrible thing politically, they delivered the best economic results,' points out T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
Modi's Third Year BluesRediff.com21 Oct 2017
The classic Third Year or Mid-Term Problem has afflicted all but two prime ministers who have lasted a full term, give or take a few months this way or that, points out T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
5 things Modi should do to fix economyRediff.com11 Oct 2017
When the Indian economy tanked in 1991, it did so because it ran out of foreign exchange. Today, it is tanking because it has run out of rupees even as the foreign exchange granary is overflowing, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
How Modi can solve India's Poverty ProblemRediff.com27 Sep 2017
'Just as the BJP has been harnessing the power of religion for political purposes, Modi needs to harness the power of religious and corporate institutions for poverty alleviation,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.
What the Rest of India can teach politiciansRediff.com16 Sep 2017
'Politicians insist on focusing on the North even though the rest of India offers a better way of engaging with our Muslims namely, live and let live.'
Not comfort books, I need comfort writersRediff.com31 Jul 2017
How many times can you read the same book? Instead, T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan turns to different books by same writers for comfort.
The art of getting out hit wicketRediff.com8 Jul 2017
Modi is not being consistent with his past record of caution.' 'Has something changed in the way Modi does things?'
Mr Modi, it's time you reformed the IAS!Rediff.com6 Jun 2017
Contrary to the popular belief that the IAS cadres manage the country - they are actually required to manage politicians, most of whom do not pass any sort of muster, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.