Not many people see the humor in government budgets. But there are a few good public finance jokes. Thanks for this one goes out to my colleague Ravi Duggal.
In the Lok Sabha, an Indian National Congress Member of Parliament (MP) narrated a story:
“A father gave Rupees (Rs) 100 to each of his 3 sons and asked them to buy things and fill up a room completely.
The 1st son bought hay for Rs 100 but couldn’t fill the room entirely. The 2nd son bought cotton for Rs 100 but couldn’t fill the room entirely. The 3rd son bought a candle for Rs 1 and lit it, and the room was filled with light completely.”
The MP added, “Our Prime Minister is like the third son. Since the day he has taken charge of his office, our country is filled with the bright light of prosperity.”
A voice from the backbench rose. “That is all very well! But where is the remaining Rs. 99?”