InvestorQ : I recently heard that finance ministers often quote poetry when presenting the Union Budget? Is this true?
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I recently heard that finance ministers often quote poetry when presenting the Union Budget? Is this true?

Swapnil Sarang answered.
2 years ago
Yes, it is true. Finance Ministers have, in the past, quoted poetry, prose as well as iconic dialogues when presenting the Union Budget. This is done to give some relief to the Parliament and for the Finance Minister to connect with his audience who is watching the Budget being presented live through their televisions. While there are numerous instances of Finance Ministers peppering their Budget presentation with poetry, here is a list of the numerous times ex-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley quoted poetry during the Union Budget presentation. Arun Jaitley on digital India (Budget 2017-18) Ex Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed his vision for a digital India with the following lines: “Iss mod par na ghabra kar tham jaaiye aap, Jo baat nayi hai usay apnaaiye aap. Darte hain nayi raah pe kyun chalne se, Hum aage-aage chalte hain, peeche aaiye aap" Arun Jaitley on Modi government’s war on black money (Budget 2017-18) "Nayi duniya hai, naya daur hai, nayi hai umang, Kuch the pahle se tariqe to kuch hain aaj ke rang-dhangh. Raushni aake jo andheron se takdai hai, Kaale dhan ko bhi badalna pada aaj apna rang." Arun Jaitley on inheriting a bad economy (Budget 2016-2017) Jaitley used the following Urdu lines to infuse confidence on his ability to steer the economy towards better days: “Kashti chalane walon ne jab haar kar di patwar hamein, Lehar-lehar toofan mile aur mauj-mauj majhdhaar hamein, Phir bhi dikhaya hai hamanein aur phir yeh dikha denge, Sabko, in halaat mein aata hai daria karna paar hamein" Not only this, Jaitley also concluded his speech by saying: "Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them — a desire, a dream, a vision." Arun Jaitley during Union Budget 2015-2016 Union Budget presentations are as much about announcing new taxes as emphasising the government’s intent towards social justice and Jaitley did the same when he quoted lines from an Upanishad: “Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah... Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah... Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih" Loosely translated, these lines convey the following meaning: May everyone be happy, May everyone be free from illness, May everyone see what is beneficial, May no one suffer. It was, in fact, during this very Budget that the ex-FM took pot shots at the previous government led by UPA II. He said: Kuch to phool khilaye humne, aur kuch phool khilane hai, Mushkil yeh hai bag me ab tak, kaante kai purane hai