Fiscal secularism in the budget: A political point
- Advani of the ruling BJP gave us the term ‘pseudo secularism’ and Sitharaman’s budget speech proposed welfare-for-all as the real thing. Will it weaken Congress differentiation?
In economics, the term “secular" is uncontested. It refers to a trend over an extended period after blips are smoothened out, as with rolling-average plot-lines on a graph. In English, it’s an adjective for something that bears no link with religious or spiritual matters. And in politics, it’s a long story fraught with an ideological fight across our political divide.