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Decorated epithets & fancy acronyms mask disappointing facts

Alliterations, acronyms and poetry marked his speech as he comfortably skipped the finer budget details.

Suresh Prabhu
Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu arrives at Parliament for presenting the Railway Budget 2016-17 in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

The otherwise technocrat Suresh Prabhu had to seek refuge in words more than the numbers, while presenting his second Railway Budget. Alliterations, acronyms and poetry marked his speech as he comfortably skipped the finer budget details. Fancy epithets are signature feature of almost all schemes and announcements of the NDA government and the Railway Budget 2016-17 was no exception either. Prabhu announced a slew of consumer friendly schemes and targets for the Indian Railways. He made sure all of them had ornate titles – all in Hindi. So while there was ...