Quotes by: P. Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram
பழனியப்பன் சிதம்பரம்
MP of Rajya Sabha [1]
Assumed office
5 July 2016
Preceded by Avinash Pandey, INC
Minister of Finance
In office
31 July 2012 – 17 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Manmohan Singh
Succeeded by Arun Jaitley
In office
22 May 2004 – 30 November 2008
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Jaswant Singh
Succeeded by Manmohan Singh
In office
1 May 1997 – 19 March 1998
Prime Minister I. K. Gujral
Preceded by I. K. Gujral
Succeeded by Yashwant Sinha
In office
1 June 1996 – 21 April 1997
Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda
Preceded by Jaswant Singh
Succeeded by I. K. Gujral
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
29 November 2008 – 31 July 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Shivraj Patil
Succeeded by Sushilkumar Shinde
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
In office
30 November 2009 – 31 July 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Shivraj Patil
Succeeded by Sushilkumar Shinde
In office
26 December 1985 – 2 December 1989
Preceded by Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo
Succeeded by Margaret Alva
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) for
In office
Preceded by R. Swaminathan
In office
In office
Succeeded by E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan
In office
Preceded by E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan
In office
Succeeded by P.R. Senthilnathan
Personal details
Born (1945-09-16) 16 September 1945 (age 71)
Kandanur, Madras Presidency, British India
Political party Indian National Congress (Before 1996; 2004–present)
Other political
Tamil Maanila Congress (1996–2001)
Congress Jananayaka Peravai (2001–2004)
Spouse(s) Nalini Chidambaram
Children Karti
Alma mater University of Madras
Harvard University
Profession Lawyer
Religion Atheism

Evidence points out that if you raise tariffs too much it will increase smuggling.
P. Chidambaram
People understand what is good for them in the long run. In the long run, what is good for people is that India's economy continues to grow at clipping pace, 8% and above, that itself brings host of benefits to the people. It brings better roads, it brings better schools, brings more money to the communities, it brings more jobs.
P. Chidambaram
If you go back to any period in India's history, all the hard decisions this country had to take were taken when the Congress was in power.
P. Chidambaram
Let me tell you, very frankly, when I went to the Harvard Business School I was more or less a committed socialist.
P. Chidambaram
'Big business' was a bad phrase in India. To be accused of being big business was the worst accusation you could make. All that has gone now. The whole mindset has changed.
P. Chidambaram
The police force cannot be completely independent of the executive government.
P. Chidambaram
I don't think we should label budgets even before the budget is presented.
P. Chidambaram
When I came back to India after Harvard Business School, I started as a lawyer and as a trade union leader.
P. Chidambaram
I have maintained that the people of India are ahead of their governments. The people of India are at least 10 to 15 years ahead of their governments.
P. Chidambaram
The voter does not vote only on one issue, the voter votes on a multiplicity of issues.
P. Chidambaram
I respect the view of a rating agency, but I do not make a budget for the rating agency. I make a budget for the people of India.
P. Chidambaram
It is possible that, post-Kyoto, the developed countries will recognise the requirements of the developing world.
P. Chidambaram
Two successive commissioners in London police were fired by the mayor that came into office. That doesn't mean the police in London is not independent and does not exercise powers. Ultimately it is the political executive that has to answer.
P. Chidambaram
Today, to allege corruption seems to be the pastime of most people. All kinds of allegations are leveled. I think it is self-defeating.
P. Chidambaram
Criticism of a policy is welcome. But in the garb of criticizing a policy, if you allege that the policy was made for corrupt purposes, I reject it.
P. Chidambaram

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