Economic Times – A Fortnightly column

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.

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