India Insight

Bollywood seeks tax breaks from Budget 2014

July 9, 2014

By Shashank Chouhan and Sankalp Phartiyal

Bollywood is hoping that the newly elected government’s first budget will contain tax breaks that will let it write a happy ending, at least for this year and next.

Railway Budget 2014: Reactions from the common man

July 8, 2014

In his maiden budget, Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda said the bulk of India’s future railway projects will be financed through public-private partnerships and that his ministry would seek cabinet approval for allowing foreign direct investment in the state-owned network. (Click here for Rail Budget highlights)

Budget 2014: Wishlist from healthcare sector

July 4, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has its work cut out if it wants to transform the country’s health system and provide a universal health insurance programme.

Chidambaram’s ‘Hangout’ debut: learning from Modi, a lesson for others

March 4, 2013

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Bold moves, smart timing on rail fares, diesel proposal

January 10, 2013

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Budget in a bunker

March 16, 2012

The leather briefcase that the finance minister holds up for the cameras before he delivers the budget in parliament is one of the most curious hangovers from British colonial times.

The bitter truth behind BJP’s deafening budget silence

March 23, 2011

To some, the parliamentary walkout by India’s opposition prior to the vote on the country’s annual budget motion marked the failure of India’s ruling Congress party to engage with its primary adversary, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over its claims that the Prime Minister had lied to parliament to protect his own reputation.

Congress looks to seize the initiative as budget looms

February 15, 2011

It has been a winter to forget for India’s ruling Congress party, as a series of corruption scandals have muted its ability to control parliament, dented its popularity ratings and dappled the formerly dazzling-white kurta of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Shunning UK aid would show India’s rising confidence

September 15, 2010

Choosing to jump on its own terms than face the ignominy of waiting to be pushed, India may have politely but firmly asked the UK not to send any more aid from next year in a sign of the country’s increasing self-confidence on the global stage.

Hyderabad airshow crash a wake-up call?

March 4, 2010

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It was a promise that Lt Cdr Rahul Nair could not keep. Some months ago, Nair had promised to return home soon to sample his mother’s cooking.