Why Indians wait with bated breath the announcement of the annual budget
Jul 10, 2014,
By Anuvab Pal
I can’t think of another country where people await a national budget with as much excitement as a kind of special biryani they’ve been told must be eaten before a certain ageing khansama dies.
A budget, to TV watchers, is just this: a revolving (finance/railways) minister holding up a random 1980s briefcase (always reddish-beige) surrounded by smiling aides who look like they were up very late the night before finishing the 17-million-page speech.