Kashmir to Kanyakumari, FMs show their verse-tality

The use of poetry was not unusual. After all, all finance ministers have done it, from Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram to Arun Jaitley.

But the choice of Nirmala Sitharaman had a political right. She read a verse in Kashmir, with some opposition voices immediately shouting about the closure of the region. They had not listened to the finance minister completely, as she translated a key phrase about the lotus that blooms on Lake Dal.

Sitharaman chose Dinanath Koul's evocative poem, Myon Vatan. Koul, who used the pseudonym Nadim, was a recipient. Our country is like Shalimar Bagh, our country is like the lotus on Lake Dal, our country is like the warm blood of youth, my country, your country, our country, the most adorable country in the world.

At a time when Jammu and Kashmir have been stripped of their special status, the poem had a political sense. And the lotus simile caused smiles on the faces of BJP leaders when the opposition fell silent. Manmohan Singh, who had a gift for Urdu poetry, quoted Allama Iqbal and. P Chidambaram regularly referred to the ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, as did Sitharaman by the way. Yashwant Sinha and Arun Jaitley also freely quoted verses.

The sunny yellow silk sari complemented Sitharaman's allusion to the bouquet that included the three general themes of the Budget: aspirational India, economic development and solidarity India.

Dressed in tune with the festive spirit of Basant Panchami, Sitharaman continued for a long time without a sip of water, a decision that left her dehydrated. In the absence of two pages, he said the speech would be considered postponed.

The FM balanced fiscal policy and policies, while the opposition protested against Sitharaman's assertion of the government's commitment to the happiness and security of all Indians, interrupting his speech with reference to the controversial speech of the goli maaro of MoS Finance.

Strong protests, led by Trinamool MP Kalyan Banerjee, who has been blessed with strong lung power, broke out when the FM announced the government's decision to divest a portion of its participation in Life Insurance Corporation.

Sitharaman took advantage of a couple more poets. The classic Sanskrit poet Kalidas was quoted to convey how a fair and generous ruler collects drops and returns abundantly. They collect only for the well-being of people, said the old Raghuvamsa work. He also immersed himself in the holy poet of the Tamil woman Aauvaiyar to quote BhumitiruthiUnn - first we tend to till the land and then eat.

Tulsidas, Rabindranath Tagore, Bharathiyar, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Mirza Ghalib, Rahat Indori, Bashir Badr and all were heard at Lok Sabha in the winter and budget sessions in 2019.

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