The promise of Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget

By allocating thousands of crores of rupees for building roads, houses and ensuring tap water supply, the finance minister has rekindled hopes of fast-paced growth. What could go wrong?

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday presented her shortest Union Budget till date. The markets, in a rare sight, remained in the green through the 92 minutes. In TV studios, captains of industry and market movers gushed over the 35.4% jump in the government’s capex plans. Surely, everyone was going to get a piece of this mega spending pie. Yet, the bond markets weren’t amused about the likely higher government borrowings, and those with NFTs were left wondering about the thunderbolt that had struck them. All in all, it surely looked like Amrit Kaal was upon us. As for the …

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