Kautilya, who was prime minister in the court of King Chandragupta Maurya, a contemporary to Alexander, in fourth century BC, was mentioned in another Budget presented by Yashwant Sinha in 1999-2000 as the then finance minister in the NDA government.
Delivering his budget speech for 2010-11, Mukherjee said, "While formulating them (tax proposals), I have been guided by the principles of sound tax administration as embodied" in the words of Kautilya.
He further quoted Kautilya: "Thus a wise Collector General shall conduct the work of revenue collection. . . in a manner that production and consumption should not be injuriously affected. . . financial prosperity depends on public prosperity, abundance of harvest and prosperity of commerce among other things."
We celebrate this data point in the change in ideological narrative towards the right.