The following booklet titled “The Union Budget 1990-91” authored by N.A. Palkhivala commences by complimenting the incumbent Finance Minister Professor Madhu Dandavate for introducing a budget worthy of being titled as that of an ‘honest humanist’. The author then highlights the features of the economic backdrop. This includes the brooding shadow of national indebtedness which is predicted to amount to 22% of the Central Government’s expenditure. Other worrying features include the deficit on the revenue account, dropping export rates, inefficient management of the public sector, excessive burdening on honest tax-payers, among other factors. However, the greatest ‘mistake’ of the Indian Republic, according to the author, is the abysmally low priority accorded to human development in the form of the education sector. The total budgetary allocations for the education sector amounts to less than 2% of the total government expenditure and less than half of 1% of the Indian GDP. The budget further refrains from acknowledging developmental frameworks of family planning. Thus, according to the author, while the budget presents itself as a ‘good enough’ plan for the present situation, it fails to take India to exceeding heights.