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Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget speech coupled with poetry and divinity; Swami Vivekananda, Lord Basaveshwara find mention too

Lasting over 120 minutes, the Finance Minister had prose and poetry in motion.

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Last Updated: Jul 08, 2019, 01.50 PM IST
Budget 2019 : When FM Nirmala Sitharaman dabbled in Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil and Hindi in her maiden speech
Budget 2019 : When FM Nirmala Sitharaman dabbled in Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil and Hindi in her maiden speech
Nirmala Sitharaman made an impressive Budget debut with her speech in Parliament today. Lasting over 120 minutes, the Finance Minister had prose and poetry in motion.

As she began the Budget speech lauding the many achievements of the Narendra Modi government's policies, the one-time PwC executive said in Hindi, "Majboot desh ke liye majboot nagarik" (a strong citizenry is required for a robust country.)

She then quoted a couplet by Urdu writer Manzur Hashmi while outlining India's bold and audacious target of becoming a $5 trillion economy in the next few years.

"Yaqin ho to koi rasta nikalta hai
hawa ki ot bhi le kar chirag jalta hai"

(You can find a way if you have faith in yourself, just as an earthen lamp can also lighten up despite the air blowing around.)

Invoking Swami Vivekananda an hour into her speech, she reiterated that India's tradition is steeped in "Nari tu Narayani" (Oh, woman, you are a goddess). She recalled Swamiji's words to his mentor and guru, Sree Ramkrishna Deb, that "there is no chance of welfare in the world unless the condition of women in India is improved."

While making the taxation announcements, Sitharaman referred to a few lines from a Tamil sangam. She recited the quote in the regional language itself. The quote meant, "A few mounds of rice harvested from a small piece of land can be sufficient to feed an elephant. But, when the elephant enters the field, it will eat far less than it would trample."

Sitharaman, in her speech, called India Inc the wealth creators of the country. She reiterated the fact that the country's big business tycoons play a significant role in the growth of the economy and will pave the way to becoming a $3 trillion economy by the end of this year. The Finance Minister also referred to a former business tycoon who once said that his company's growth is always aligned with the country's growth.

Sitharaman, who is a nominated Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, also quoted 12th-century philosopher Lord Basaveshwara from the state during her speech.

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