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Why the focus has shifted back from 'aspirational' to 'aam aadmi'

Lurking hidden in the new bout of welfarism seems to be an admission that the state can't deliver for the poor anything other than cash, writes T N Ninan

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Arun Jaitley  |  Piyush Goyal  |  Interim Budget 2019

T N Ninan 



T N Ninan

In 2014, mentioned the “neo-middle class” in the first paragraph of his Budget speech, and at least twice more before he had finished. Last week, in contrast, the high point of Piyush Goyal’s speech was an ambitious hand-out programme for 120 million farming families. From focusing on the “aspirational”, the government has gone “aam aadmi” with a vengeance.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:34 IST

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