All My Budget Columns


Some of you asked me to post all my budget columns at one place. So here we go. I think of all the pieces I wrote, the first one was by far the best though four other pieces went viral and this one didn’t.

Jaitley’s Fiscal Deficit Numbers Don’t Add Up — Equitymaster, March 1, 2016

Mr Jaitley, You Just Made Every Honest Tax Payer Feel Like An Idiot  — Huffington Post India, February 29, 2016 (This was by far the most read piece, with close to 15,000 Facebook likes)

Modi Government Wants To Tax Your Provident Fund And That’s Bad News — Huffington Post India, February 29, 2016 (This piece caused the most confusion thanks to all the comments made by the bureaucrats and politicians. But what I wrote first was largely correct).

Why Narendra Modi’s budget looks strangely similar —, February 29, 2016

Budget 2016: Mr Jaitley, pro-rural steps are all fine but when will we tax rich farmers? — Firstpost, February 29, 2016

Mr Jaitley, Until When Will Govt Continue To Support Public Sector Banks? — SwarajyaMag, February 29, 2016

Pulse of the Matter — The Asian Age/Deccan Chronice — March 2, 2016

Why Budget Did Not Raise Income Tax Ceiling To Rs 5 Lakh Despite Jaitley’s Past Advocacy — Huffington Post India — March 1, 2016

Budget 2016: Does the extra deduction of Rs 50,000 for home-buyers really help? — Firstpost, March 1, 2016

Modi govt is still paying for the over-borrowing sins of UPA

Mr Modi, where has minimum govt gone?


About vivekkaul
Vivek Kaul is a writer who has worked at senior positions with the Daily News and Analysis(DNA) and The Economic Times, in the past. He is the author of the Easy Money trilogy. Easy Money: The Greatest Ponzi Scheme Ever and How It Is Set to Destroy the Global Financial System , the latest book in the trilogy has just been published. The first two books in the trilogy were published in November 2013 and July 2014 respectively. Both the books were bestsellers on and Currently he works as an economic commentator and writes regular columns for He is also the India editor of The Daily Reckoning newsletter published by His writing has appeared across various other publications in India. These include The Times of India, Business Standard,Business Today, Business World, The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line, Indian Management, The Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Forbes India, Mutual Fund Insight, The Free Press Journal,,, Business World, Huffington Post and Wealth Insight. In the past he has also been a regular columnist for He has lectured at IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, TA PAI Institute of Management and the Alliance University (Bangalore). He has also taught a course titled Indian Economy to the PGPMX batch of IIM Indore. His areas of interest are the intersection between politics and economics, the international financial crisis, personal finance, marketing and branding, and anything to do with cinema and music. He can be reached at

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