Also known as aam aadmi. Referred to all the time by politicians and economists, industrialists and businessman, especially at Budget time, when everyone wants to know how said CM or AA is going to be affected.

Still the term conjures up one of the world's greatest cartoonists and his depiction of the common man as a dhoti-clad, checked kurta, desi footwear wearing little man constantly watching, observing, listening to the rulers and the way they run the country. So, thank you R K Laxman.

A bit of an anachronism now, since CM, even in the villages, can be seen dressed exactly like his urban counterpart (thanks to satellite television). More important, he has begun to demand accountability, is a participant in government and doesn't believe in hanging around, just looking.


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