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Sir,I rise to present the Budget for Kerala for 2010-11. This isthe Fifth Budget that I am presenting. All these five Budgets areorganically harmonised by a common vision that only bypreserving the State's legacy of welfare should Kerala moveahead into the future of rapid economic progress andmodernization. This is the way of progress. We have a greatpoet who, in similar vein, appealed to the little hands quiveringwith boiling blood to grasp the burning torches of freedom andequality handed down by forefathers as a precious legacy.
" Oh, little hands with boiling blood,come and bear these torches"
It is in 2011 that the birth centenary year of Mahakavi VyloppilliSreedhara Menon, the poet who thus sang about humanprogress, falls. While poems like "First Harvest" and "Evictionfrom Home" reveal the twin themes of equality and justice, "Sonof Sahyan" is a great poem written for ecological justice. Fivedecades ago, linking ecological consciousness with social justice, the poet lamented,
"But, how quickly has progress Greyed the green"
2 If green is the colour of environmental consciousness, red is thecolour of social justice. These are the colours of Vyloppilli'spoems. Sir, while observing centenary of Vyloppilli, I am happyto present this red and green- Pachayum Chuvappum Budget. A