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Budget poetry, shayari and quotes

From Manmohan Singh to Nirmala Sitharaman, finance ministers have maintained the tradition of using poetry and wit in their Budget speeches. An interesting compilation.

Budget poetry, shayari and quotes

"The king must make arrangements for Yogakshema (welfare) of the populace by way of abandoning any laxity and by governing the state in line with Dharma, along with collecting taxes which are in consonance with the Dharma."
(Mahabharat, Shanti ParvaAdhyaya. 72. Shlok 11)
- Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Budget, 2022

''Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark''.
(From 'Fireflies: A Collection of Proverbs, Aphorisms and Maxims' by Rabindranath Tagore)
- Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Budget, 2021

Yakeen ho to koi rasta nikalta hai, hawa ki oat bhi lekar charag jalta hai
- Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Budget, 2019

Is mod pe ghabra ke na tham jaiye aap
Jo baat nayi hai usse apnaiye aap
Darte hain nayi raah pe kyon chalne se
Hum aage aage chalte hain aa jaiye aap

- Arun Jaitley, Union Budget, 2017

Nayi duniya hai, naya daur hai, nayi umang
Kuch the pehle ke tarike, toh hain kuch aaj ke dhang
Roshni aake andheron se jo takrayi hai
Kale dhan ko bhi badalna pada aaj apna rang

- Arun Jaitley, Union Budget, 2017

Kashti chalaane walon ne
Jab haar ke di patwar hamein
Laher laher toofan mile
Aur mor mauj majhdaar hamein
Phir bhi dikhaya hai hamne
Aur phir yeh dikha denge sabko
Ki in halaat mein aata hai
Dariya karna paar hamein

- Arun Jaitley, Union Budget 2016

Kuchh toh phool khilaye hamne
Aur kuchh phool khilane hain
Mushkil yeh hai baag mein ab tak
Kaante kai purane hain

- Arun Jaitley, Union Budget, 2015

Hey Prabhu, yeh kaam kaise hoga?
- Suresh Prabhu, Rail Budget, 2015

I must be cruel to be kind.
- Pranab Mukherjee, Union Budget, 2012

Hum aah bhee karte hain, toh ho jaate hain badnaam
Woh katl bhee karte hai, toh charcha nahin hoti

- Mamata Banerjee, Rail Budget, 2011

While, like last year, I seek the blessings of Lord Indra to bestow on us timely and bountiful monsoons, I would pray to Goddess Lakshmi as well. I think it is a good strategy to diversify one's risks.
- Pranab Mukherjee, Union Budget, 2011

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
- P Chidambaram, Union Budget, 2008

If ploughmen keep their hands folded, even sages claiming renunciation cannot find salvation.
- P Chidambaram, Union Budget, 2008

Income tax is the most difficult thing upon Earth to understand.
- Jaswant Singh, Union Budget, 2003

Yunaan-o-Misr-o-Roma, sab mitt gaye jahaan say
Ab tak magar hai baqi, naam-o-nishan hamara

- Manmohan Singh, Union Budget, 1991