Budget: Yet Another Missed Opportunity

This may be a rather naive view, but it is quite amazing how many opportunities India squanders on its way to whatever the future holds. The election mandate was an opportunity to break from the past and make bold decisions for India’s future. And what do we have – a raft of incremental measures which will transfer some money from India to Bharat, but do little else for the longer-term well-being of either.

Of course, no one knows the numbers and true state of India’s economy better than those in the Finance ministry. So, one has to give them some benefit of doubt that they may actually know what they are doing. But it is this same thinking that has kept us where we are.

Which brings us to the question — how can we actually influence government? How can we ensure the government  makes sensible decisions about out future? Right now, other than casting a vote once in five years, we don’t seem to be able to do much. Or can we?