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Numbers 'ridiculous', budget unless rectified will doom economy: Swamy

Terming the Union Budget as "ridiculous", Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today said that the fiscal proposals unless rectified will "doom the economy". The other side of budget  | Highlights | Reforms on rewind

Break the spell now

The forthcoming budget must put aside neo-liberal policies and increase public spending on infrastructure and employment, Sitaram Yechury writes.

A corporate wishlist for the FM

The finance minister has an unenviable task while presenting the budget this year, given the state of the economy, tax collections and budgetary deficit. Adding to his woes is the recent Vodafone ruling, generating debate on likely budget proposals for taxing indirect transfer of shares and anti-avoidance rules. Milin Thakore writes.

‘The FM’s steps are also watched’

The secret part of budget deals with the revenue proposals, especially the indirect and direct taxes part. Much of the excitement of that secrecy is already over because we have been following a predictable path over the last several years. Yashwant Sinha says. The skeleton | Delhi durbar | Political economy | Quarantine in Valentine’s month | Jewel in the crown | Sprint to print | The Budget documents comprise | Budget trivia

Not more trains, but change in view needed

When Dinesh Trivedi begins his Railway Budget speech on March 14, he will do so in a difficult year - sky rocketing inflation rates and slowing economy. Most will hope that there is no fare hike announced. Ajay Mittal writes.

Indian, not TMC, Railways

At last a rail budget that serves the nation and doesn't push for petty political gains.

Lesson from Berkeley

The emerging crises, and fighting qualities, of the US education system hold lessons for the coming Indian Budget. Samar Halarnkar writes.

A make or break budget

Assessments of the economy by the government and the central bank hinge on a single statistic that will be announced by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today when he presents the Union Budget for 2012-13: the size of the fiscal deficit.
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What do you expect from Budget 2012?

The Budget 2012-13 will be presented on March 16 by the Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. Share with us your views and expectations from the finance minister on this year's budget.