T C A Srinivasa Raghavan

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What the Rest of India can teach politicians

What the Rest of India can teach politicians

Rediff.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 writers

Not comfort books, I need comfort writers

Rediff.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 wicket

The art of getting out hit wicket

Rediff.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!

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.

Governments must listen to voices from the past

Governments must listen to voices from the past

Rediff.com23 May 2017

'In economic matters governments should not take sides based on religion and caste,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

What the fiddich! Why are books so fat?

What the fiddich! Why are books so fat?

Rediff.com20 May 2017

When size matters. Just as scotch bottles have become bigger, novels have also become fatter.

Privatisation, India style

Privatisation, India style

Rediff.com8 May 2017

Over the years India's governments have turned several public goods into private ones, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Old ideas have a very long life in India

Old ideas have a very long life in India

Rediff.com18 Apr 2017

No new ideas, please, we are Indian. Seventeen years into the 21st century, we are still fixated by the ideas of the 20th century.

Bollywood autobiographies are the best!

Bollywood autobiographies are the best!

Rediff.com25 Mar 2017

'Bollywood's 'no prisoners taken' honesty comes as a big surprise.' 'I cannot think of a single judge, politician, sportsperson or bureaucrat being so forthright in their opinion of their contemporaries,' says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Trump has already won the war of ideas

Trump has already won the war of ideas

Rediff.com7 Mar 2017

Donald Trump has forced the sophisticated to reveal their real selves, which are as vicious as that of any status quoist in the world, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Modi will pay for note ban blunder

Modi will pay for note ban blunder

Rediff.com28 Dec 2016

It would be a miracle if demonetisation doesn't extract a political price from the BJP and Modi, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

How India paid the price for 'EPW types'

How India paid the price for 'EPW types'

Rediff.com30 Sep 2016

Had it not been for the intellectual dominance and political legitimacy of the Leftist philosophy since 1970, would EPW have become what it did? After all, there were other more established journals around then, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Hinduism, nationalism and socialism: the latest political conundrum

Hinduism, nationalism and socialism: the latest political conundrum

Rediff.com28 Mar 2016

Hinduism, nationalism and socialism may be okay separately, but in equal combination they yield political nonsense.

Why PM needs a State of the Union-style stock-taking

Why PM needs a State of the Union-style stock-taking

Rediff.com1 Mar 2016

The PMO should also present an annual report, on the state of politics and society

Why this obsession with the fiscal deficit target?

Why this obsession with the fiscal deficit target?

Rediff.com23 Feb 2016

Don't waste the money on politically motivated social programmes.

Holy war in the nuclear age: A recipe for extinction

Holy war in the nuclear age: A recipe for extinction

Rediff.com7 Dec 2015

Centuries old religious conflicts may be nearing an inevitable end with the addition of nuclear warheads to their arsenal, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

Guess who has been the best governor at the RBI?

Guess who has been the best governor at the RBI?

Rediff.com16 Nov 2015

From a national point of view, inflation is the biggest threat posed by finance ministers.

Why can't we have a women's party?

Why can't we have a women's party?

Rediff.com10 Nov 2015

If you can have caste and faith based parties, why can't there be a gender based one as well, asks T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

How time and again India managed to come out of financial crisis

How time and again India managed to come out of financial crisis

Rediff.com19 Sep 2015

Though Narendra Modi doesn't know it, he is a victim of this deep-rooted infection.

Why there's no end to labour woes in India? Few observations

Why there's no end to labour woes in India? Few observations

Rediff.com5 Sep 2015

Governments find themselves expanding the entitlements of the least productive - farmers and bureaucrats - and abridging those of the more productive parts of the workforce.

What's the big idea, Mr Modi?

What's the big idea, Mr Modi?

Rediff.com8 Jun 2015

PM Modi must revive investment sentiment in the country.

India-China: A tale of two spiders

India-China: A tale of two spiders

Rediff.com16 May 2015

How should sophisticated countries deal with others that have a huge body but a small brain?

Lessons Modi needs to learn from Manmohan

Lessons Modi needs to learn from Manmohan

Rediff.com5 May 2015

If the PM wishes to be re-elected in 2019, there are a few things he needs to learn from his predecessor

The passing of Slogan Murugan

The passing of Slogan Murugan

Rediff.com4 Apr 2015

The purposeful Narendra Modi who won the election has been replaced by a prime minister who looks quite lost, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

RBI governors and their bittersweet relationship with the govt

RBI governors and their bittersweet relationship with the govt

Rediff.com2 Apr 2015

Erstwhile RBI governors, including Raghuram Rajan never had cordial relations with the government.

It's a taxing time for India's growth

It's a taxing time for India's growth

Rediff.com20 Feb 2015

Maybe the new methods of measuring GDP helped us get an accurate picture.

BJP and Congress: The Deewaar problem

BJP and Congress: The Deewaar problem

Rediff.com9 Feb 2015

'The Congress has a great programme, but a suspect leader. The BJP has a great leader, but a suspect programme.'

Of PMs and their pet economists

Of PMs and their pet economists

Rediff.com17 Jan 2015

Economists who get too close to prime ministers eventually come to grief after their boss is defeated

Made for each other

Made for each other

Rediff.com18 Nov 2014

T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan on what's so fascinating about politics that books by journalists about it sell so well.

New whine from old aunts

New whine from old aunts

Rediff.com9 Sep 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being accused of wrong things. His main problem is his view of himself, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

Et tu, Natwar!

Et tu, Natwar!

Rediff.com5 Aug 2014

How seriously should we take Natwar Singh's book? Indeed how seriously should all such memoirs and autobiographies be taken? The answer, I imagine, depends on the intent. If the authors are merely settling scores, as many think Natwar Singh is, future historians would be entitled to ignore such autobiographies. But if there is no mens rea (guilty mind), so to speak, these books must be taken seriously, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan.

PM Narendra Modi's baby steps to success

PM Narendra Modi's baby steps to success

Rediff.com4 Aug 2014

One of the most pronounced features of people who shrilly demand change is that unless it comes in precisely the way they want it, they either say there has been no change, or that it is the wrong change. The Modi government, which is being accused of both things, provides an excellent and latest example of this.

Tales that lack ethos and pathos

Tales that lack ethos and pathos

Rediff.com8 Jul 2014

Writers often produce excellent books but they lack the flavour of those written by people writing in the language of their own culture, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

A piece of advice for India's liberals

A piece of advice for India's liberals

Rediff.com7 Jun 2014

Indian liberals' sanctimony is matched only by their inability to think clearly. They need lessons in logic

Kashmir and Article 370: The tail is wagging the dog!

Kashmir and Article 370: The tail is wagging the dog!

Rediff.com7 Dec 2013

Not just Article 370 but all such special status articles must go, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan

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