Union Budget: The day everyone on Twitter turns into an economist
Here are the 'experts' and their two cents.
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Yes, the Union Budget has been presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley and thankfully there haven’t been way too many bombshells this year. For a Budget that has been called "unimaginative", "socialist" and "vanilla", there sure is a lot of talk around it.
The Budget’s merits and demerits will continue to be discussed at length for the next couple of weeks (perhaps that’s an overestimation), before the junta moves on to the next controversial thing, like the hardline groups beating up and marrying hand-holding couples on Valentine’s Day. But for today, all armchair activists on social media are armchair economists.
While there is a lot of intelligent discourse around taxes, subsidies, fiscal deficits and sanctions available for all to read, let us, for now, just focus on the funny stuff. The Budget, after all, is just another excuse for everyone to take digs at whatever they want to.Photo: Indiatoday.in
Here are the “experts” and their two cents:
Yes, everyone is an economist
People who have to borrow money from friends at the end of the month will turn into expert economists today. #Budget2017— GRV (@MildlyClassic) February 1, 2017
Dont shy away from expressing your opinions on #Budget2017. If Abu Azmi can be an expert on Women Safety, we can surely be experts on budget— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 1, 2017
What did you think of the Budget? News: "Amaze!" Rahul Gandhi: "Crap"BSE Sensex: "Meh. So what else is on tv?"— Kunal Rao (@kunalrao) February 1, 2017
On Income tax reduction
Extremely worried that everyone except me here has money to pay taxes. Feeling left out is just horrible.— pnkj (@AskThePankazzzz) February 1, 2017
#Budget201710% surcharge on persons earning 50L+. It's called surcharge because when you earn over 50L, people usually call you Sir.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 1, 2017
On political funding transparency
" Party funding par perfect policy ready hai sir "Isme loophole toh daal, ghutan ho rahi hai" Ok sir 2000 tak cash allow karte hain"— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) February 1, 2017
General purpose Arun Jaitley jokes
Budget news on TV:1.FM has left the house.2.FM has stopped at a thela.3.He ordered chhole kulche4.HE ASKS FOR EXTRA CHHOLE!— Shree (@whyrus_) February 1, 2017
Ever wondered how these things happened? pic.twitter.com/QuDLdszBVY— Aakash (@PUNchayati) December 21, 2016
Finance Minister presenting the box office collection of much speculated movie "Achhe Din", New Delhi.(2017) pic.twitter.com/GYkJzyZMo0— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) February 1, 2017
Modi has finished announcing everything. Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech, will just get up, wish everyone a happy new year, and sit down— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) December 31, 2016
And some not-so-usual insights
35% stronger ropes to all IIT-JEE coaching students in Kota in Budget. Unprecedented.— 🐿 (@prtxt) February 1, 2017
What about FarmersWhat about FarmersWhat about private industries— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) February 1, 2017
Common Man is Budget Day ka "soldier".— Rohan (@mojorojo) February 1, 2017
kya aapke toothpaste mei budget hai— Shibesh (@lordoftheshibs) February 1, 2017
Sir what do you have to say about tax net in India ? pic.twitter.com/qw78i1bAuk— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) February 1, 2017
Ideas on spending the extra 1k per month invited.— dorku (@Dorkstar) February 1, 2017
FM announces new railways scheme called Coach Mitra. #CouldBeYourBengaliCousinButIsHopefullyMoreEfficient pic.twitter.com/AGIb67HJc4— Deepanjana (@dpanjana) February 1, 2017
Expectations vs reality
At least the budget is entertaining.