The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government is presenting its second Budget for the 2019 calendar year and crucially, it's first since being handed an enhanced mandate by the people of India in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This time around, Nirmala Sitharaman is the one who is tabling it in the Lok Sabha, scripting history as the first woman to do so since former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had also then held the finance portfolio.
Speaking at the Parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman used an Urdu couplet which read, 'Yakeen ho to koi raasta niklata hai, hawa ki ot bhi le kar charagh jalta hai', which means "If you trust yourself anything is possible. Despite the moving wind the lamp keeps burning".
The couplet has been written by Manzoor Hashmi who was a learned man when it came to Urdu poetry. He was born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh in 1935 and received early education from Haldwani and completed his graduation and post-graduation from Aligarh Muslim University.
yaqīn ho to koī rāsta nikaltā hai
havā kī oT bhī le kar charāġh jaltā hai
safar meñ ab ke ye tum the ki ḳhush-gumānī thī
yahī lagā ki koī saath saath chaltā hai
ġhilāf-e-gul meñ kabhī chāndnī ke parde meñ
sunā hai bhes badal kar bhī vo nikaltā hai
likhūñ vo naam to kāġhaz pe phuul khilte haiñ
karūñ ḳhayāl to paikar kisī kā Dhaltā hai
Meanwhile, in the ongoing Budget session in the parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke about the Modi government's aspiration to reach the 5 trillion dollar economy. "When we aspire to reach 5 trillion dollars, many wonder whether it is possible; the target is eminently achievable, given our citizens' desire and the leadership of the Government. India Inc, our job creators, is the nation's wealth creators; together, we can prosper. I wish to propose no. of reforms to kickstart a virtuous cycle of growth.", she said.