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.