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Union Budget 2020: Journey of the Budget Bag in Graphics

Business | News18 | February 1, 2020, 4:18 pm
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 From Budget briefcase to bahi-khata, journey of the budget bag in graphics. Take a look...<br /><br />The word 'Budget' originated from the french word Bougette. It means leather briefcase. (Image: News18 Creative)
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From Budget briefcase to bahi-khata, journey of the budget bag in graphics. Take a look...

The word 'Budget' originated from the french word Bougette. It means leather briefcase. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 The tradition of carrying the Budget briefcase was handed over to us by the British. India's Budget briefcase was a copy of the 'Gladstone box' that is used in the British budget. (Image: News18 Creative)
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The tradition of carrying the Budget briefcase was handed over to us by the British. India's Budget briefcase was a copy of the 'Gladstone box' that is used in the British budget. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 In 1860, the then British budget chief William E. Gladstone used a red suitcase with Queen's monogram embossed in gold to carry his bundle of papers. It came to be known as 'Gladstone Box'. (Image: News18 Creative)
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In 1860, the then British budget chief William E. Gladstone used a red suitcase with Queen's monogram embossed in gold to carry his bundle of papers. It came to be known as 'Gladstone Box'. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 In Britain one budget briefcase is passed on from a finance minister to another, whereas in India different FMs used to carry different briefcases. (Image: News18 Creative)
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In Britain one budget briefcase is passed on from a finance minister to another, whereas in India different FMs used to carry different briefcases. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 The original Gladstone bag had become so shabby that it was officially retired from British service in 2010. (Image: News18 Creative)
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The original Gladstone bag had become so shabby that it was officially retired from British service in 2010. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 Budget briefcase came into being because Gladstone's speeches were extraordinarily long and he needed a briefcase to carry his speech papers. (Image: News18 Creative)
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Budget briefcase came into being because Gladstone's speeches were extraordinarily long and he needed a briefcase to carry his speech papers. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 On Budget day. the Finance Minister of India poses with the Budget bag outside the parliament. In Britain, the chancellor of the exchequer poses with his suitcase in front of 11 Downing Street before Budget speech. (Image: News18 Creative)
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On Budget day. the Finance Minister of India poses with the Budget bag outside the parliament. In Britain, the chancellor of the exchequer poses with his suitcase in front of 11 Downing Street before Budget speech. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 India's first finance minister RK Shanmukham Chetty carried a leather portfolio to present the first Budget in 1947. (Image: News18 Creative)
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India's first finance minister RK Shanmukham Chetty carried a leather portfolio to present the first Budget in 1947. (Image: News18 Creative)

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 Between 1970-2019, Indian Finance Ministers started carrying a hardbound briefcase. Unlike Britain, its shape and colours used to vary.  (Image: News18 Creative)
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Between 1970-2019, Indian Finance Ministers started carrying a hardbound briefcase. Unlike Britain, its shape and colours used to vary.  (Image: News18 Creative)

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 In 2019, FM Nirmala Sitharaman ditched the colonial legacy of a Budget Briefcase for a Bahi-Khata to carry Union Budget Papers. (Image: News18 Creative)
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In 2019, FM Nirmala Sitharaman ditched the colonial legacy of a Budget Briefcase for a Bahi-Khata to carry Union Budget Papers. (Image: News18 Creative)

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