Speaking Truth to Power: My Alternative View

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Speaking Truth to Power: My Alternative View by P. Chidambaram. Before you download free pdf of Speaking Truth to Power: My Alternative View, let’s have a look at the description and summary of the book.

Book Name: Speaking Truth to Power: My Alternative View

Book Author: P. Chidambaram

In a parliamentary democracy, civilians always wish to hear the articulate voice of the Opposition that can offer reasoned criticism of the government and alternative policy solutions to the challenges faced by the country. In 2017, Palaniappan Chidambaram braved misinterpretation, criticism, and abuse to emerge as that voice.

From the reckless adventure of demonetization to the Central government’s economic report card to the flawed GST that had to be marked ‘Failed’, this book Speaking Truth to Power is a collection of the incisive essays published in 2017 as a weekly column in The Indian Express. The essays highlight why there is a pervasive sense of disappointment after forty-three(43) months of the Narendra Modi government. They are on a range of subjects that capture the reality of India more than the country’s GDP—hunger, privacy, children, intolerance, etc.

In a year when Indian politics remained divisive and ugly, P. Chidambaram forcefully articulates his views on the Budget, the implosion in the AIADMK, the deceptive calm in Jammu and Kashmir, the intriguing verdict in the election to the Gujarat legislature and many other contemporary issues.

Following principles of fidelity to truth and unbiased criticism based on sound logic, Chidambaram is at his characteristic best here.

About the Author




Palaniappan Chidambaram is a former Union Minister of Finance and Home in the Government of India. Currently, he is a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs.

P. Chidambaram writes a weekly column on the politics, economy, social issues, foreign policy and contemporary affairs in The Indian Express. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest political party and a trustee of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

P. Chidambaram is an eminent lawyer practising in the Supreme Court of India and various High Courts. A public intellectual and author, collections of his essays in 2016 and 2017 were published to wide acclaim under the titles Standing Guard and Fearless in Opposition respectively.

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