All stories by 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.
Governments must listen to voices from the pastRediff.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?Rediff.com20 May 2017
When size matters. Just as scotch bottles have become bigger, novels have also become fatter.
Privatisation, India styleRediff.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 IndiaRediff.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!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 ideasRediff.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 blunderRediff.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'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 conundrumRediff.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-takingRediff.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?Rediff.com23 Feb 2016
Don't waste the money on politically motivated social programmes.
Holy war in the nuclear age: A recipe for extinctionRediff.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?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?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 crisisRediff.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 observationsRediff.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?Rediff.com8 Jun 2015
PM Modi must revive investment sentiment in the country.
India-China: A tale of two spidersRediff.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 ManmohanRediff.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 MuruganRediff.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 govtRediff.com2 Apr 2015
Erstwhile RBI governors, including Raghuram Rajan never had cordial relations with the government.
It's a taxing time for India's growthRediff.com20 Feb 2015
Maybe the new methods of measuring GDP helped us get an accurate picture.
BJP and Congress: The Deewaar problemRediff.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 economistsRediff.com17 Jan 2015
Economists who get too close to prime ministers eventually come to grief after their boss is defeated
Made for each otherRediff.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 auntsRediff.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!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 successRediff.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 pathosRediff.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 liberalsRediff.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!Rediff.com7 Dec 2013
Not just Article 370 but all such special status articles must go, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan