March 16, 2013, 4:12 pm
March 16, 2012, was a landmark day for India. It was a day when the then Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, declared the Union Budget for the financial year 2012-13. The budget was one that flattered to deceive the public. While Pranab babu saved the Indian taxpayer Rs 4,500 crore in direct taxes, he took away almost 10 times that amount in indirect taxes. Meanwhile, as Mukherjee dabbled in figures mounting to billions and billions in the parliament in Delhi, about a thousand miles east of the venue, another Indian was riddling in humongous numbers.