33 headlines of columns on the Union budget in today’s newspapers that show ‘chamchagiri’ was, is, and shall always be a sunrise industry

Business journalism is, generally speaking, an oxymoron in India. On the day of the Union budget, it reaches another level.

Be it a Congress government or BJP one, the average score for the budget veers between 9 and 10, as fear meets exuberance.

2019 is no different, as the headlines of “columns” by corporate honchos, investment bankers and other animals show.

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1. The caravan of reforms keeps moving in full pace: Arvind Panagariya

2. Committed to cut fiscal gap: Renu Karnad

3. National grids a bold step: Hemant Kanoria

4. Multiple measures to boost investment: Chandrajit Banerjee

5. Opening the gates for a foreign-funded India growth: Abheek Barua

6. Focus on medium-term sustainable growth should be seen as a big positive: Sonal Varma

7. Spotlight on foreign funds: Motilal Oswal

8. Artful balancing act: Sajid Z. Chinoy

9. Some assurance, some direction, and lots of hope: Sanjeev Prasad

10. A ‘boring’ budget spells continuity, stability: Bibek Debroy

11. She (almost) conquered: Surjit Bhalla

12. Inclusive growth’s the goal, with fuscal prudence: Ravneet Gill

13. FM did best in limited fiscal space: Ajit Ranade

14. Credible intentions and matching action to pave way for New India: Rajnish Kumar

15. FM should be no less a magician: T.T. Srinivasaraghavan

16. Budget attempts a balancing act: Motilal Oswal

17. Laying the base for spurring investment: M.M. Murugappan

18. Shuns populism: N. Srinivasan

19. Thoughtful schemes for middle class: A. Balasubramanian

20. A framework for the future: Suneeta Reddy

21. Moving strategically to a $5tn economy: Mallika Srinivasan

22. Wicket just eased up for a $5 trillion chase: Ritesh Agarwal

23. Path cleared for $5-trn economy: A. Balasubramanian

24. Modi 2.0 budget bolsters investments: Vikram Kirloskar

25. Modi Sarkar’s second spell continues with reforms: Sunil Mittal

26. Great idea to tapglobal savings: Ramdeo Ageawal

27. A holistic and aspirational budget: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

28. Structural thrusts will go a long way in shaping India: Sanjiv Puri

29. Welcome govt’s focus on reducing its presence in business: Anil Agarwal

30. Bank recapitalisation announcemenr a significant positive for credit growth: Karthik Srinivasan

31. Infra and institutional initiatives to drive farm transformation: Ramesh Chand

32. Disinvestment will provide greater fiscal space for government: Amitabh Kant

33. Choosing the long view: Ashima Goyal

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It is only on some of the edit pages that there is a trace of circumspection.

1. A lost opportunity: Yamini Aiyar

2. Not for the farmer: Ashok Gulati

3. Why I give the Budget a ‘B’: Bhaskar Chakraborty

4. Falling short of the goal: C.P. Chandrasekhar

5. A budget that goes nowhere: C. Rammanohar Reddy

6. The macro that does not gel with the micro: Pulapre Balakrishnan

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1 Comment

  1. Hats off you for reiterating the prevailing scenario in the media. I wish that the names of the publications alongside the bylines too were mentioned.

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