Let's see who are they on the day of presentation of the Union Budget 2013-14 of the Republic of India:
1. The 'Aam Aadmi'
The sucked-out common man - say it Manmohan's or the Mahatma's 'aam aadmi' - and we clearly know the sea-difference of priorities of the Mahatma and the likes of Manmohans when it comes to the 'aam aadmi' - The Mahatma thought of him from his heart while the likes of Manmohans think of him their unconscious mind
2. The Middle Class 'Aam Aadmi'
The salaried class, looking for changes in its tax liabilities to the varied elements that might impact its domestic budget to personal expenses
3. The Political Class
Looking, somehow or anyhow, to manage and straddle between the over-expenses of the political class and the government, the electoral needs of the political class, the 'neglected' needs of the 'aam aadmi', the forced needs of the corporate class, and the pressings needs of the economic wisdom
4. The Airwaves
TV channels, business as well as general news, vernacular as well as English language - with their overblown, over-the-top and 'hardly-registered' and 'hardly-mattered' coverage - but with some exceptions
5. The Information Highway
Yes, the all-important and 'in-real-time' Internet - in addition of giving TV networks additional teeth to grind more, equipping the newspapers to somehow, though not so paralleled, option to air their expertise - in real time - competing with the news channels
6. The Business Class
Always concerned to lobby for the policies that can maximize their profit and 'profiteering' - lobbying to impose favouring policy measures
7. The Expert
Now they are a breed, fast on the process of evolving categories and sub-categories - they come from almost every class of expertise that can be lectured at on TV screens - be ready for the breed members from political, business, social and civil affiliations, roaming randomly with their thoughts and words, testing the viewers' tenacity
These seven categories are universal in the present frame of the Indian Economy and policymaking irrespective of what sort of Budget is presented. They are always present with sub-sets of the Budget priorities mentioned above.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/