Arun Jaitley hit all the right notes in his tenure as the minister of finance

The new government will have a new finance minister who deserves our best wishes for the challenging task at hand. At this transitional moment, I want to take the opportunity to express profound thanks to the minister of finance of the last five years: Mr Arun Jaitley. My appreciation is both professional and personal. As I said many times when I was chief economic adviser (CEA), Mr Jaitley is a dream boss: non-interfering, trusting, encouraging and protecting. From our first awkward meeting in the defence ministry in July 2014 to the last meeting via video when he was recovering from surgery, he never raised his voice, pointed a finger, or exercised power and hierarchy. And not because I never made any mistakes. I certainly did. It’s just that he had a very measured and positive way of asking for these mistakes to be addressed. Mr Jaitley’s manner is so easy because he is totally comfortable in his skin. I never glimpsed vanity or edginess or the other manifestations of a prickly ego, which are almost occupational prerequisites for a politician. As a result, staff of the ministry of finance actually looked forward to meeting him, knowing that they could explain their positions forthrightly, without the risk of put-downs, beratings or humiliations.

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