In­dus­try hon­ours their beloved shot­gun sha­trughan

For­mer Union Min­is­ter for Ship­ping and Bol­ly­wood su­per­star Sha­trughan Sinha walks in amidst an en­thralled au­di­ence to re­ceive the life­time achieve­ment award

Maritime Gateway - - Lifetime Achievement Award -

The hearts of who’s who gath­ered at the Gate­way Awards night missed a beat when the Bol­ly­wood su­per­star of the 70’s and the for­mer Union Min­is­ter of Ship­ping, Sha­trughan Sinha stepped on the stage.

The en­tire au­di­ence was awestruck, or say the prover­bial “KHAMOSH” hold­ing up their smart phones to take a quick snap of the celebrity.

A great or­a­tor, Sha­trughan Sinha nur­tured a unique style of his own dur­ing his run in the movies with pow­er­packed per­for­mances and even on the po­lit­i­cal side his con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing the stint as the Union Min­is­ter of Ship­ping from Jan­uary 2003 to May 2004 was no less. Sinha had pre­sented the blue­print of the `1,00,000 crore Sa­gar Mala project to the then Prime Min­is­ter, Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee and the pro­posal for form­ing Sa­gar Mala De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity was also floated dur­ing his term.

“Now that I am fe­lic­i­tated and hon­oured for my con­tri­bu­tions to the mar­itime sec­tor, I can now firmly be­lieve that the “ACHHE DIN” are not far away,”

re­marked a hum­bled Sinha in his strong and dom­i­nat­ing voice.

Ear­lier, Sinha had served in the Min­istry of Health as well, “I have also served as the Health Min­is­ter and health has been a very favourite sub­ject of mine till date. I have been go­ing around the coun­try and abroad as well for can­cer aware­ness pro­grammes and anti-to­bacco cam­paigns, but ship­ping till date re­mains my most favourite de­part­ment,” re­vealed the for­mer Min­is­ter of Ship­ping.

Shar­ing pearls of wis­dom from his long and glam­orous ca­reer, Sinha said, “I do not know whether I have been able to prove my­self bet­ter than the best or not, but surely you all know that I have been dif­fer­ent from the rest and that is the rea­son ‘KHAMOSH,’ which is other­wise a very rude and crude word has be­come a sig­na­ture tune to­day. The rea­son this rude word is to­day used even in an amus­ing man­ner is be­cause of the way I have pre­sented it and this is the most im­por­tant thing – the way you present things.”

(L to R) Ram­prasad, Ed­i­tor in Chief & Pub­lisher, Mar­itime Gate­way; Michael P Pinto, For­mer Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ship­ping; Shri Sha­trughan Prasad Sinha, For­mer Union Cabi­net Min­is­ter For Ship­ping, Govt of In­dia; Anil Singh, Sr VP & MD, ISC, DP World

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