Or, should this be called "pseudo austerity?"
Congressmen are basically like a flock of sheep who like to move in a herd and have a deeply ingrained "follow the leader" mentality.
So, we are seeing the sudden emergence of all these various austerity measures being adopted by the ministers.
Let me clarify that I am not one of those who like to villify politicians for all tha ails this country. It's certainly not the politicians' fault that this nation boasts a population of 1.2 billion — well, except, may be a few 'exceptional' ones such as Laloo Yadav.
But, on the whole, as someone had said, "we deserve the politicians we have."
We should not forget that after all we are the ones who have voted these folks to power.
The "standard" of our politicians is merely a reflection of our standards as voters.
Be that as it may, the pious proclamations and demostrations of various austerity measures are of course pretentious. But, I guess, to be charitable to them, one can argue that it doesn't do anyone any harm!