Budget speech does quantum shift from Kautilya quotes to Joseph Stiglitz
Presenting the Union Budget for 2013-14 in Parliament, Finance Minister P Chidambaram also quoted his favourite poet Tiruvalluvar towards the end of his Budget speech after referring to Stiglitz in the beginning.
"There is a compelling moral case for equity; but it is also necessary if there is to be sustained growth. A country's most important resource is its people," Chidambaram quoted Nobel prize-winning economist Stiglitz as saying, while stressing on the need for inclusive economic growth.
Just before ending his speech, Chidambaram said the government's work would be seen in its action and quoted his favourite poet, Saint Tiruvalluvar: "What clearly eye discerns as right, with steadfast will. And mind unslumbering, that should man fulfil".
Chidambaram, who presented his eighth Union Budget today, has quoted Tiruvalluvar in the past too, while many of his predecessors in the Finance Ministry have quite often quoted Kautilya in their budget speeches.
"I must be cruel only to be kind," then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had quoted Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, from Shakespeare's famous play, while delivering his budget speech last year. Mukherjee was talking about tough policy decisions he needed to take for the good of economy in the long run.
In the past, Mukherjee has quoted Kautilya's Arth Shashtra, an ancient Indian treatise and still a masterpiece on rules of economics, during
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