India has seen different types of finance ministers. About 9 ministers who have made the most impact on the Indian economy delivered 51 budget speeches. In the era of liberalization, the role of government and the importance of budget speeches has decreased, speeches have increased. Nearly 11,000 words in the first budget speech by current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman outlined this trend. As speeches get longer and wider, they become less legible.
According to Flesk Kincaid, budget speeches become increasingly difficult to read over time. The Flask Kincaid score is used to measure the readability of an English budget text. Readability is measured on a scale from zero to 100. At this point, Arun Jaitley and Yashwant Sinha’s budget speeches were the hardest to understand. Their readability scores were below 52 and 54, respectively. The highest score on this scale is 62 CD Deshmukh and 61 Morarji Desai. This shows that the budget speeches presented earlier were more readable and understandable to the public.
Let’s see how long the budget speech was from which finance minister and what his readability score is?
As the Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram presented the budget in 1996-97, 1997-98, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2013-14. He has a total of 8 budget speeches to his name.
Pranab Mukherjee presented the budget speech a total of 7 budget speeches in 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. Let’s see how long his budget speech was and what his readability score is.
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Arun Jaitley gave a total of 5 budget speeches in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19. Let’s see how long his budget speech was and what his readability score is.
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The longest speech given by Finance Minister Manmohan Singh in 1991 was about 18,700 words. Looking at the average size of a speech given by a finance minister, Yashwant Sinha had the largest speeches, averaging about 15,700 words in his speeches. Indira Gandhi gave the shortest speech as finance minister. Morarji Desai’s speeches averaged 10,000 words while YB Chavan’s speech averaged 9,300 words.