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Standing Guard: A Year In Opposition

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The second book by one of India’s most influential names in politics who held both the home and f... Read More

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The second book by one of India’s most influential names in politics who held both the home and financial portfolios when Congress led government was formed from 2004 to 2014, P.Chidambaram offers an exceptional writing ability of a practitioner of public policy. Recommended particularly for students of economics and keen readers, this book is a collection of 51 articles published in a series of Indian Express columns authored by the former finance minister with over three decades of experience in politics and policy-making.

Many topics, no matter how controversial, have been detailed from an insider’s perspective and expressed as an outsider to emphasise the complex links between politics and economics. Covering the 2015 Bihar elections, Goods and Services Tax Bill, land acquisition amendment and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the author does not shy away from commenting on contentious topics like- the wasted opportunities by UPA, role of RBI, inferences of the Union Budgets, the alarming challenges that lie at the forefront for the Modi government and the formidable rise of intolerance in the nation.

Due of his candid expression and understanding of electoral politics the author provides a road map for the future by giving the opposition the power to voice their insights. The book enlightens the reader of the opposition’s role to stand guard and be as responsible of the nation as the present government.

The author claims that a period outside governance makes one reflect on their accomplishments and failures in their tenure and truly understand limitations of the system of administration. The book covers a wide range of topics such as economy, governance, policy and programs, foreign policies, politics and legislation.

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Title: Standing Guard: A Year In Opposition
Author: P. Chidambaram
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN: 9788129139627
SKU: BK0338016
EAN: 9788129139627
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

P. Chidambaram is a former Union Minister of Finance and Home in the Government of India. Currently, he heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs. He is an eminent lawyer practising in the Supreme Court. A public intellectual and author, he is the author of Standing Guard: A Year in Opposition—a collection of his essays published in 2016. He writes a weekly column on economy, politics, social issues, foreign policy and contemporary affairs in The Indian EXPRESS. A member of the Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest political party, Chidambaram is a trustee of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

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