ArunJaitley -28 December 1952 – 24 August 2019- was basically an Indian politician and attorney.Being a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jaitley served as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Government of India from the period of 2014 to 2019.

Jaitley in his previous assignments held the cabinet portfolios of Finance, Defence, Corporate Affairs, etc in the Vajpayee government and Narendra Modi government. From the period of 2009 to 2014, he even served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He has also served as a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. It was also confirmed that he oversaw the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax which brought the country under one GST regime, demonetisation, merger of Railway budget with general budget and at the same time introduction of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Later Jaitley decided not to join the Modi Cabinet in 2019, due to his health issues.

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Jaitley was the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad -ABVP– student leader at the Delhi University Campus in the seventies of his life and rose to be the President of the Students Union of Delhi University in 1974. During the period of proclamation of Internal Emergency in the country-1975–77-basically when fundamental rights were suspended, he was under preventive detention for a period of almost 19 months. He was a prominent leader of a movement totally against corruption launched in the year 1973 by Raj Narain and Jayaprakash Narayan respectively.

At that time he was the convener of the National Committee for Students and Youth organisation appointed by Jai Prakash Narayan. He was also active in civil rights movement and helped found PUCL Bulletin in sync with SatishJha and Smitu Kothari. After being released from the jail, he joined the Jan Sangh committee. Jaitley graduated with BCom stream –Honours- from Shri Ram College of Commerce and then later he studied law at the university. He was also elected as the president of Delhi University Students’ Union and was a very popular face among all.

Jaitley later in his life suffered from a series of health-related issues and underwent multiple surgeries leading into his deteriorating health conditions and subsequent death in 2019. In February 2019 the media reported that Jaitley had actually been diagnosed with a rare form of soft-tissue sarcoma and was undergoing special treatment in the US, although it was termed a -regular medical check-up- but it was done in a very secretive way. On 9 August he was then admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi after he complained of some breathlessness issues. On 17 August, it was reported that he was on life-support.  The following day he died and the world was in deep remorse.

Commemorates the memory of Arun Jaitley, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu shall soon deliver on October 29 the first ArunJaitley Memorial lecture which is exactly instituted by the Delhi University, reported by the institute.

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The university has basically instituted a lecture series in the memory of its eminent and extremely potential alumnus former finance minister Arun Jaitley,

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in his speech at  Arun Jaitley Memorial lecture Institute addressed the gatherithering with warm and significant wordsd remembering the unravelling work of Late Arun Jaithley and also admired him as a person.

He told that It is nothing more than a quirk of the fate that we all have gathered today for the first ArunJaitely Memorial Lecture instituted by the Delhi University in the name of a very distinguished and eminent parliamentarian, a young, dynamic  and established leader who passed away just a couple of months back.

On this very occasion, I am overwhelmed by the memories of my ultimate long association of about 45 years with late ShriArun Jaitely. He was basically a friend in need and friend in deed in the true sense of it. And such was the situation that we used to reach out to each other regularly every time it so warranted to benefit mutually from the counsel of each other on matters of polity, public policy and issues, or be it any other reason. The untimely passing away of Shri Jaitely left a deep void in my life and i feel grieved at the same and so is the case for our nation.

Shri Arun Jaitely was a multi-tasker and a multi-faceted genius which made him and many others like him rise to dizzy heights in a quick time. He left an indelible mark of his own on a wide range of issues that were basically concerning our nation’s public life which includes articulation of new ideological perspectives on major national issues and at the same time with clarity of thought and force of articulation, that were basically his hallmark.

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He also stated that Shri Jaitely’s tryst with public life began as the President of the Delhi University Students Union and later at that time his fight against Emergency in 1975. Given his usual innate abilities, he was spotted by the political leadership of that time and subsequently became the youngest member of the National Executive of the Janata Party and since the year 1991 he was in the BJP’s National Executive and at the same time holding several important responsible positions in the Party and the Government.

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