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The right act

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Arun Jaitley's budget of understatement

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Less bang more stuff

The blue book of politics has it that when a party wins a big political mandate, the best time to aim big on the economic front is its first year. That is when it has the luxury of time to test and…

Master of detail

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley longs for his boisterous and laughter-filled morning walks—which were less walks and more of rusk, biscuits and tea over which he held court at Delhi’s sprawling…

In a manner of speaking

At 16,473 words, Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2014 speech was 40 per cent longer than Pranab Mukherjee’s 2009 one. There was a bit of election hangover in Jaitley’s speech, as the word clouds of their…

Change without noise

The rent-a-quote pundits of television studios on the budget day were unimpressed as his document of change did not contain the hysteria associated with the exercise in the past, but the discerning…

The Right ACT

"The target of 4.1 % fiscal deficit is indeed daunting. Difficult as it may appear, I have decided to accept this target as a challenge. One fails only when one stops trying” - Arun Jaitley On a…

One+One=A Bigger One

Much has been built on the legend of how Amit Shah’s Sancho Panza made the picaresque of Narendra Modi’s Don Quixote an event to remember in the political life of India. The pair, prior to the May…

Smoke signals in a seller’s market

In matters of excise-vexise and tax-wax, paanwaala wisdom has only one item of certainty year after year: a hike in excise duty on—don’t hold your breath—cigarettes. And sure enough, India’s Union…

To catch a crooked shadow

There is a manual somewhere on how politicians should react when caught red handed. If it is in a sting operation, then he should be giving straight-faced explanations of how his face has been copy-…

Bullet trains in India

India’s Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, while presenting the Union Rail Budget, announced a plan of introducing bullet trains. These high-speed trains are expected to connect major metros and…