FM’s recites Kashmiri poem; ‘Lotus blooming in Dal lake’
Delhi, Feb 1: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union
Budget 2020 on Saturday, followed the tradition of reciting poetry during her
year, Sitharaman chose to recite the verses of noted 20th Century Kashmiri
poet, Dina Nath Kaul.
Finance Minister recited Kaul’s ‘Myon Watan’ (My Nation) poem and then
translated it in Hindi.
watan, khilte hue Shalimar bagh jaise, humara watan Dal mein khilte hue kamal
jaisa, nau jawanon ke garam khoon jaisa…(Our nation is like a blooming
Shalimar Bagh, like a lotus blooming in Dal lake, like the passion of
youth…),” the poem that Sitharaman reads.
choice of Kashmiri poem is significant as this is the first budget since the
abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
the poem bears the mention of ‘Lotus blooming in Dal lake’, it can be seen as a
symbolic message that BJP is making inroads in the Valley.
writer Dina Nath Kaul Nadim was born in Srinagar in 1916 and passed away on
April 8, 1988. He mostly wrote in the Kashmiri language and his first Kashmiri
poem in 1942 was dedicated to the valley — “Maej Kashir” (Mother
was also honoured with the Sahitya Academy Award in 1986 for “Shihul
Kul”, a collection of his poems.
Budget speech by the Finance Minister is being keenly watched by members of all
different parties in the Parliament. Investors, service-class, business
community are also glued to their television sets to hear every word being
narrated by her.
her budget speech, which is ongoing as of now, Finance Minister Sitharaman has
also stated that efforts made in the last five years and the enthusiasm and
energy of our youth are the ignition of the country’s growth. (With agency