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A View From The Outside - Why Good Economics Works For Everyone

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A View from the Outside, by P. Chidambaram, is a collection of columns that assesses the promises and performance of the NDA government in the period 2002 to 2004. The columns, originally published in the Indian Express and the Financial Express, reflect the views of Chidambaram, finance minister between 1996 and 1998 and again from 2004 onwards, on a range of issues that ...more
HardCover, 372 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Penguin Books India
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Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This collection of articles written by Palaniappan Chidambaram is like a ready-reckoner on indian economy, politics and governance of recent times. These articles were written between 2002-04 as columns for the newspaper Indian Express. Most, if not all the articles, are perfectly relevant even now. As the Indian Express editor Shekhar Gupta notes in his foreword, austerity and no-nonsense demeanor always have characterized this impressive politician. So it is with his writing.

The sub-title of t
Nikhil Mulley
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I never thought and knew Mr.Chidambaram had a strong view on the idea of small (as in yet size-able based on area, geography, population) states in Indian union. I think he stuck chord with me in the article 'Wake up to the state of states'. Came across this article at and then started to read more on this book. Looking forward to get more perspectives on his thoughts which seem so contemporaneously relevant. ...more
Arun Pandiyan
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
P Chidambaram is astute, articulate and most importantly rational in his opinions. He is business-like, methodical, clinical and no nonsense. Always.

Between the year 2002 and 2004, P Chidambaram wrote an article every week in the Indian Express and his friend-editor Shekar Gupta had compiled those pieces into a book. Though P Chidambaram did not hold any office and was not part of the Indian National Congress during those years, his ideology and position of being a 'secular democrat' are reflec
Alpa Saxena
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not much into Economics but surprisingly, I still found it interesting to read.

It is a compilation of columns he wrote between 2002-2004 on different subjects like – why agriculture will continue to remain important for India’s future; or how can it solve our poverty problems; or why not allowing FDA in different sectors without clauses that anyways get manipulated in one or the other way, and similar related issues. Obviously, these columns intend to criticise the Government on what shoul
Prab Juneja
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read it long time ago, was a great read specially the thoughts on agricultural reforms and ensuring fare prices for framers. Unfortunately when in power the guy didnt implement his own ideas.
Dolomiski Dolomiskunoko
compiled all his news paper articles. Good read!
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