THE SITHAYANA

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Be­cause she’s part of the big four club–the most pow­er­ful min­istries in the coun­try. And while her me­te­oric rise may have ruf­fled a few feath­ers within the BJP, her no-non­sense at­ti­tude has even the prime min­is­ter cheer­ing for her. Her jour­ney from party spokesper­son to hold­ing two cru­cial port­fo­lios—she held the de­fence port­fo­lio in Modi’s first term—in such a short span of time has put her in the league of po­lit­i­cal leg­ends

Be­cause she has pre­sented the eco­nomic vi­sion of the sec­ond term of the Modi govern­ment with her maiden bud­get, which her team put to­gether in less than five weeks. Amidst great ex­pec­ta­tions, she had the tough task of main­tain­ing fis­cal pru­dence while also re­ward­ing In­di­ans for over­whelm­ingly vot­ing for the Modi govern­ment. So while big busi­ness was left high and dry, small traders and busi­nesses were given tax breaks. She now holds the purse strings of the na­tion and will have to with­stand pres­sure from within her own party and from state chief min­is­ters, who are bound to hag­gle for more funds

Be­cause she has the oner­ous task of steer­ing the econ­omy at a time when it is un­der in­tense pres­sure do­mes­ti­cally and glob­ally. With fall­ing ex­ports, fall­ing in­vest­ments and con­sump­tion and, to top it all, an in­creas­ingly pro­tec­tion­ist world, she has the tough­est task of all among Modi’s min­is­ters

BUSI­NESS SENSE

Of all her port­fo­lios, she has en­joyed her stint as com­merce min­is­ter the most

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