Union Budget 2019 | Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Recited An Urdu Couplet, "Yakeen Ho Toh Koi Raasta Niklata Hai", In Her Speech. Here's Its Significance

Union Budget 2019

Finance Minsiter Nirmala Sitharaman is scripting history as the first woman to table the Budget in the Parliament since former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who at the time held the finance portfolio.

Written By Radhika Sarkar | Mumbai | Updated On:

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. 

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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. 

Below is the complete Urdu couplet penned by Hashmi: 

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. 

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