Obviously it does not, it is rather more confusing than being pragmatic. In fact, the public expected it and knew that they are not going to get what they aspired for. Nearly more than 2 dozens of Finance Ministers after the country’s independence in 1947, including the one presented by the then predecessor Interim Government in 1946 with the then Muslim League leader Liaqat Ali Khan (later Prime Minister of Pakistan) as the Finance Minister, have presented around 80 budgets with maximum being 10 by Morarji Desai. The budget presented by the then Finance Minister, Manmohan Singh, in 1991 based on a liberalised economy is considered to be the most significant budget, some say it was just a historical one that changed the very economic direction of the country. The current budget so presented by the Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, looks to be a customary one without any major plus for the benefit of the people in the country. Levying a bigger doze of tax on the business sector is not in the interest of the developing economy of India and it may affect industrial development. There are of course a few instances which are satisfying to the people but they too are just an eye wash. It is welcome that a major emphasis is given to the women folk. Creation of Nirbhai Fund to the tune of 1,000 crores of rupees for the safety and empowerment of the women really serves the purpose of paying rich tributes to the New Delhi gang rape victim, Nirbhai (a pseudonym given to the 23 years old girl who died as a result of the gang rape so perpetrated on her). Causing higher cost to the mobile phones has no justification as this is now an area concerning routine public need and no more any sort of a luxury item. Budget so presented is just so so, and the people can judge it well that but for the fear of the elections due the next year, the budget could have been much harsher.