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Wait for the good days got longer [ Union Budget 2016, public sector borrowing, gross tax revenue, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, Hindu]

A government in the middle of its term could have taken bold decisions. The Budget leaves room for neither private borrowing nor public investment Even in the best of times, formulating the Budget in India is a challenging task for the Finance Minister. This year, it was particularly daunting as

Blow for reformists in Iran [ Iran, moderates win, clerical assembly, Assembly of Experts, Iranian elections,Hindu Editorial]

Final results from Iran’s February 26 elections to Parliament and the clerical body, the Assembly of Experts, show that the moderates have clinched a resounding political victory. In the 290-seat Parliament, the reformist allies of President Hassan Rouhani won at least 85 seats, while the moderate conservatives secured 73 seats.

‘Dalit movement has to see itself as part of a class-wide movement [JNU row, sedition law, Dalits activism , Hindu]

Reservation is an issue that only affects a small proportion of Dalits, says sociologist Vivek Chibber. The ferment on campuses across the country following Rohith Vemula’s suicide and the recent crackdown on free speech at Jawaharlal Nehru University have drawn international attention, with many academics, students and activists across the