In the latest General Budget 2019-20, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cited some interesting couplets by ancient, medieval and modern thinkers and drew principles from religious doctrines. The Finance Minister recalled these adages and related them to the actions of the government.

Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first full-fledged woman Finance Minister in nearly five decades presented the General Budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha. This is the first budget of the NDA government 2.0. Here are some interesting quotes in different languages from the finance minister in her maiden budget speech: 

  • Chanakya Niti Sutra too says: “Karya purusha karena lakshyam sampadyate.” Meaning “with determined human efforts, the task will surely be completed.”
  • “Yakeen ho tho koi rastha nikaltha hai,Hawa ki ott bhi lekar charag jaltha hai”
  • The government recognizes and follows the teachings of Lord Basveshwara, in particular the principles of Kayaka and Dasoha. Implementing ‘Kayakave Kailasa’, the Government enables about 10 million youth to take up industry-relevant skill training through the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
  • Stand Up India Scheme has made human dignity and self-esteem go up. “Kayakave Kailasa”.
  • Drawing again on Lord Basveshwara, his principle of Dasoha underlines most things this Government does. ‘Give It Up’ for giving up LPG subsidy or the various pension schemes are on the principle of sharing through distribution, for the wellness of the society.
  • Naari Tu Narayani- Swami Vivekananda in a letter to Swami Ramakrishnanda had said: “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing”. This Government believes that we can make progress with greater women’s participation.
  • At this juncture, I find wisdom in a line from Pura Nanooru, a Tamil Sangam Era work by Pisirandaiyaar. The verse,” Yannai pugundha nilam” was sung as an advice to the King Pandian Arivudai Nambi: Meaning, a few mounds of rice from paddy that is harvested from a small piece of land would suffice for an elephant. But what if the elephant itself enters the field and starts eating? What it eats would be far lesser than what it would trample over!

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