How many of you remember Nani Palkhivala's budget analysis?While writing an article on the interim budget, I suddenly went back to my younger days. These were the late seventies and the eighties. At that time, immediately after the budget, Nani A Palkhivala used to analyse the budget threadbare at the CCI Ground in Bombay (now Mumbai). At that time, there was not so much discussion on the television (there was no private channel). There was no live coverage. People used to wait eagerly for the analysis of Nani Palkhivala.
On the next day, the Statesman in Calcutta (now Kolkata) used to publish the analysis of Nani Palkhivala. My father and some of his friends used to discuss the intellect of this eminent jurist. They felt astonished how this eminent jurist could analyse this voluminous document so quickly.
But I used to be afraid of my father. He forced me to read the entire news-item giving the analysis of Nani Palkhivala. Not only that, my father used to ask me questions about the news article. Wasn't it terrible torture on the happy-go-lucky young boy with average (or, below average) intellect? Fortunately for me, Nani Palkhivala discontinued this practice in the early nineties.
Members! Do you remember Nani Palkhivala, the eminent jurist? Do you remember his budget analysis on the evening of the budget day?