Finance Ministers have a tradition of sprinkling their Budget speeches with memorable quotes and historical anecdotes. Nirmala Sitharaman did not deviate from this during her two-hour, 143-clause speech on Friday, and belted out many a quote and couplet to stress her points of focus and the underlying theme of her Budget. Here are a few of them
Putting the Nation First
Through their unambiguous and firm mandate they have reaffirmed “putting the nation first”. The people of India have validated the two goals for our country’s future: that of national society and economic growth.
Reforms, Perform, Transform
We have showed by our deeds that the principle “Reform, Perform, Transform” can succeed. Our objective was, and continues to be, 'Majboot desh ke liye majboot nagrik'.
If it’s Budget, Chanakya is a must!
Chanakya Niti Sutra too says: “Karya purusha karena lakshyam sampadyate.” Meaning “with determined human efforts, the task will surely be completed.” An Urdu couplet reads: Yakeen ho toh koi raasta nikalta hai, hawa ki oat lekar chirag jalta hai.
Purusharth – Heard this before?
If we can appreciate our citizens’ "purusharth” or their “goals of human pursuit” filled with their inherent desire to progress led by the dedicated leadership present in this House, the target is eminently achievable.
Gandhi and gaon
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The soul of India lives in its villages”. This year even as we are marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, I submit that our Government keeps Antyodaya at the core of all its efforts. At the Centre of everything that we do, we keep “gaon, garib, aur kisan”.
Then, there was Lord Basveshwara
This 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)
Annadata as Urjadata
Annadata can also be Urjadata. We will support private entrepreneurships in driving value-addition to farmers’ produce from the field and for those from allied activities, like Bamboo and timber from the hedges and for generating renewable energy.
The ‘Give it Up’ Principle
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.
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.
And the real winner…
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. It means: “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”