Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with MoS Anurag Thakur arrive at Parliament to present the Union Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi, Friday, July 05, 2019
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with MoS Anurag Thakur arrive at Parliament to present the Union Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi, Friday, July 05, 2019
PTI Photo/Vijay Verma

After Indira Gandhi, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman became the only woman in the history of Independent India to present the Union Budget in Parliament today. Dressed in a pink saree with zari work, Sitharam in her speech quoted a sutra from the Chanakya Niti to explain her point on the Indian economy. She was quoted saying, ‘Kaarya purusha kare na lakshyam sampa dayate’. The sutra in English means, ‘With determined efforts, the task will surely be completed’. Sitharaman quoted the couplet her budget speech while speaking about India’s target of becoming a five trillion dollar economy in the next few years. She further said India will become a three trillion economy this year itself.

In her Budget speech, Nirmala also quoted a couplet by Urdu poet Manzoor Hashmi.

The couplet is,

‘yaqin ho to koi rasta nikalta hai,

hava ki ot bhi le kar chirag jalta hai.’

The quote is translated in English as ‘You can find a way if you believe in yourself, just as an earthen lamp can also lighten up despite the air blowing around’.

The Modern Day Chanakya ‘Amit Shah’

Though BJP President Amit Shah entered national politics in 2013, he has lion’s share in Modi government. Thanks to his organisational skills and his extensive travel across India. Shah has had a meteoric rise in national politics we must say. Three years before he entered national politics, in mid-2010, he had spent time in jail in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh Encounter case. Four years later, he was the BJP chief and eight years later BJP president. He holds an important position in the Modi cabinet. Today many believe he would be the successor to Modi.

Amit Shah often attributes his political success to three key attributes – commitment to ideology (vichardhara), the value of workers (karyakarta) and sanctity of workplace (karyalaya). Shah considers Chanakya Niti as the sacred political manual and is often referred to as modern-day Chanakya. July 8, 2018, Amit Shah said PM Modi's governing is based on the principles first practiced by Arya Chanakya, the 4th century BC Indian philosopher, economist and advisor to the Mauryan Empire.

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