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Finance minister invokes Hamlet

india Updated: Mar 16, 2012 12:57 IST

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Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee invoked Shakespeare during the budget presentation on Friday to indicate the tough and perhaps thankless nature of his job.

"I must be cruel, only to be kind," Mukherjee said, quoting from Shakespeare's Hamlet to illustrate the dilemmas of his job, much like the prince of Denmark.

"Life of a finance minister is not easy," Mukherjee said, leading to laughter in the house.