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Nirmala Sitharaman Invokes Tagore in Budget Speech, Twitter Asks 'Eye on West Bengal Polls?'

Finance minister  Nirmala Sitharaman quoted Tagore in Budget 2021

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman quoted Tagore in Budget 2021

Quoting Tagore, one of the most prominent poets from West Bengal, Sitharaman said, 'Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark'.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman started her Budget 2021 speech with a poem. In what was seen as yet another nod to the upcoming elections in West Bengal, Sitharaman symbolically started this year's Budget by quoting Nobel laureate and Bengali icon Rabindranath Tagore to describe India's battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

Quoting Tagore, one of the most prominent poets from West Bengal, Sitharaman said, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark", Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore had opined! This moment in history is the dawn of a new era, where India is well-poised to be the land of promise and hope".

Invoking Tagore was not the government's only nod to Bengal in the ninth budget under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Of the many fronts on which the Bengal assembly elections are being fought, culture is right on top.

With an eye on winning the Assembly polls in the state this year, Sitharaman wore a white saree with a red border (laal paar) saree that is traditionally worn by women in Bengal on auspicious occasions.

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Sitharaman's nod to Tagore also comes a day after the Trinamool Congress government in Bengal slammed BJP for allegedly incorrectly singing the national anthem - Jana Gana Mana - written by Rabindranath Tagore during one of its high-decibel rallies in Howrah on Sunday.

The clever nod was not missed by netizens, many of whom claimed they were not surprised at the comment. Some such as author Suhel Seth had even predicted it would happen.

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As India emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, the budget, economists and experts feel, will be the starting point for picking up the pieces after the economic destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Budget 2021 is widely expected to focus on boosting spending on job creation and rural development, generous allocations for development schemes, putting more money in the hands of the average taxpayer, and easing rules to attract foreign investments.

In yet another departure from last year, Sitharaman today gave a miss to the traditional ‘bahi khata’ as she opted for a tab for the paperless budget of 2021.