February 06, 2019

Budget 2019: Jukebox Politics, Fuzzy Math

In this article in The New Indian Express, Visiting Senior Fellow Shankkar Aiyar explores political messaging and fuzzy math in this year's Budget presentation.


"A distinction for presentation, first class for political messaging, and pass class for math! 

Budget 2019 is arguably among the more lucidly articulated, cogently presented instances of political intent in recent years. In a speech spanning 100 minutes, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues thumping the benches.


Goyal’s essay ticked all the boxes—farmers, organised and unorganised labour, women, pensioners and the taxpaying middle class. It even tickled the market - the thesis being spend equals rise in demand and consumption and ergo cheer on Dalal Street. The budget delivers a jukebox of sop songs for every segment and a plank for the campaign."


Read the full article here.

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