Is an aam aadmi in Kolkatta equal to the aam aadmi in Mumbai? Is an aam aadmi in a small town in Bihar the same as an aam aadmi in Manipur?
Is there aam aadmi in the naxal hit territories? Do they exist there?
The answer is - There is no aam aadmi in India, but we ourselves. Paradox? Let me explain. We see ourselves as the aam aadmi. Everyone you meet will pretend to be concerned about the aam aadmi, however deep down we feel we 'ARE' the aam aadmi.
You go to the vegetable market to buy vegetables, you see the prices have gone up. You say "How will the aam aadmi survive?" You go to shoppers stop and see a way too expensive watch, then you dont say the same thing. Therein lies the difference. We are all aam aadmi when it comes to necessities, not when it comes to luxuries.
There is no stereotypical aam aadmi. This concept of the common man has been fed to us by economists, political activists and administration. This concept leads to bracketing of the population, which essentially controls the popular mood by directing the ire from their decisions or opinions to the aam aadmi.
Sample, -'Oh you are not ok with the road block, but the considering the aam aadmi's interests we have dug up the road.".
'The rail way hike is rolled back due to the aam aadmi's interests'.
Crap, total crap I say. We should reject this notion of the aam aadmi and say that classify us according to the social / economic / political strata.
Ps - The only common man / aam aadmi I know is the central figure in the cartoon by RK Laxman.