India's economic strategy effective in global crisis: FM

India's economic strategy effective in global crisis: FM

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee receives the Lokmanya Tilak Award on the 89th death anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak at Tilak Smarak Mandir in Pune on Saturday evening. PTI

Referring to the world economic crisis, he said, "India's strategy helped us to come out substantially unhurt" even if not completely insulated.

Mukherjee, who was speaking after being honoured with the 2009 Lokmanya Tilak award here, said nobody would have imagined that the mighty US economy would plunged into a crisis of such a magnitude.

"What should have remained confined to the US banking system, resulted into a global crisis," he added.

The Finance Minister noted that the India's banking system rested on a sound footing following the nationalisation effected years ago.

On the contrary, the salvage packages in the industrialised countries were being used to revive their banking sectors, he added.

In addition to a difficult economic phase, the country had also undergone a traumatic experience of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Mukherjee said.

"However, collective leadership of India adopted a mature approach and saved a critical situation," he added.

India has not compromised its stand on terrorism and "our tolerance and patience do not reflect weakness but underline our strength," he said.

Paying tributes to the memory of Lokmanya Tilak on his 89th death anniversary today, Mukherjee said, he played a crucial role in India's freedom struggle injecting a stimulus into the body politic of the country and rejected colonial exploitation by the British.

The Tilak award was handed over to Mukherjee for his distinguished services to the country by Dr Deepak Tilak who heads the Lokmanya Tilak trust.

It carries a citation and a cash of Rs one lakh. Those present on the occasion included Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

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