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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives at the Parliament to present the 2019 Budget. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Nirmala Sitharaman’s aunt stitched the budget bahi-khata, took it to Mumbai temples

The red cloth in which the budget documents were wrapped in was first taken to Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak and Mahalakshmi temples to seek blessings.
Nirmala Sithraman

Nirmala Sitharaman symbolises rise of women in economic leadership roles across the world

ThePrint looks at the role of Indian women in economics and the trend of more and more women taking on economic leadership roles in the world.
Manmohan Singh after presenting historic 1991 budget that liberalised the Indian economy

In photos, powerful finance ministers from the past & their key Budgets

Indira Gandhi, V.P. Singh, Manmohan Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Jaitley and others with their Budgets.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman outside the Parliament

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is new to the job – but faces age-old problems

In her first budget Friday, Sitharaman will be under pressure to spend more to reinvigorate the economy & find resources for Modi’s welfare programmes.

PM Modi cannot continue to neglect macro-economic issues

Sub-6% growth is a cold shower for India, and new finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman needs to quickly put together an agenda for immediate action.

GDP growth at 5.8% sends loud and clear message to Modi govt — act now

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.

Nirmala Sitharaman is India’s first woman FinMin but has little time to rest on that laurel

Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge at a crucial juncture and faces several challenges, including economic slowdown, rise in fiscal deficit and rising unemployment.
File photo of Raghuram Rajan

Political tourist Raghuram Rajan could do a lot more for India

The celebrated economist seemingly wants to be appointed finance minister without dirtying his hands in politics. That’s not how it works.
Union minister Piyush Goyal | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Piyush Goyal: The chartered accountant and minister who became newsmaker of the week

Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal’s imprint on the interim budget was visible in his speech.

On Camera

Firefighters extinguish flames in damaged buildings following a large explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August, 2020 | Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg

What the massive Beirut explosion reveals about Lebanon’s complex political situation

In episode 542 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about what led to catastrophic blast in Beirut and how this makes Lebanon's political and economic crisis more messy.
File photo of Mark Zuckerberg | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The world has a new centibillionaire – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook hit a record high on optimism about the release of its TikTok competitor Reels, shooting Zuckerberg's net worth over $100 billion for the first time.

Defence

Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.