DeMo, GST, etc: How to create a mess, then make it messier; Now, link your Aadhaar number to your sambar-vada
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DeMo, GST, etc: How to create a mess, then make it messier; Now, link your Aadhaar number to your sambar-vada

November 14, 2017

By T.J.S George

It is difficult to imagine that a full year has passed since 1,000-rupee notes disappeared from our world. Champions and critics marked the occasion by bitterly attacking one another. The champions were high-pitched as they celebrated the anniversary and boasted about three lakh fake companies that were closed down and the detection of fraud involving Rs. 4,000 crore. Quoting their rhyme-loving leader, they said hard work had beaten Harvard.

In a country so cleansed, the critics were handicapped. But their numbers were large. A survey by this newspaper showed that half the people (47.58 percent) thought that DeMo was a bad idea. As many as 60 percent said it failed to reduce black money; 66.52 percent said it did not eliminate corruption.

When Dr. Manmohan Singh said in Parliament that notebandi was “legalised blunder,” he didn’t cut much ice because he was a Congressman and his record as a Congress Prime Minister was pathetic. But he got more mileage when he spoke as an economist in Ahmedabad last week and asked: “By questioning bullet trains does one become anti-national”?

We have forgotten those who died amid the chaos of notebandi. Manmohan Singh said “more than 100” had died. Wire services listed names and locations of 90, including a bank peon in Pune who succumbed to stress handling large crowds 12 hours a day, and many elderly people who simply collapsed waiting in queues.

Government partisans said the deaths had nothing do with the currency reform. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissed “initial inconveniences” and said the absence of social unrest and “any significant economic disruption” showed that DeMo was a great achievement. There was no social unrest even when the Emergency denied citizens the right to life. But people kicked out Indira Gandhi. On disruption, the Honourable Minister could not have been more wrong. Take just one example: Surat and Tiruppur crown jewels of India’s textile exports, were devastated overnight. It was a 400-crore-a-day business in Surat, a 50,000-crore-a-year backbone in Tiruppur employing ten lakh workers. Surat was cut down by half. Tiruppur, dependent wholly on textiles (unlike Surat which had diamonds, too), was reduced to a graveyard. Are these, too, “initial inconveniences?”

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The obstinacy with which the Government continues to justify every detail of its decision adds further dimensions to the damage already done. As Kaushik Basu pointed out: “A bigger worry than the demonetisation itself is the failure to recognise that it was a mistake. That  is what is getting investors and businessmen worried about future policy decisions.”

The biggest conundrum is that, to this day, nobody knows what it was all about. To cut off black money? To starve terrorists of funds? To promote digital economy? The Honourable Finance Minister swears that all these policy objectives have been achieved. It must be one of the great pleasures of life to sit in an ivory tower and believe that you are the wisest that Brahma ever created.

But Brahma himself will have trouble figuring out the sarkari logic regarding  high-value currency. We were told that 1,000- and 500-rupee notes were made illegal because they made it easier for bad people to store unaccounted money. Then why were 2,000-rupee notes introduced, making it easier still for bad people? Within days of the pink note’s appearance, Indian genius produced stacks of fake 2,000-rupee notes. Stacks of banned old currency are still being transported around by traders who ain’t fools. What’s going on?

What’s going on is a huge big mess. Notebandi created a confusion that other brainwaves compounded, making life miserable for everyone. GST was supposed to simplify the tax system. What it has done is: You pay tax when you earn money, and you pay tax when you spend your money. Worse, you pay more for your sambar-vada and your vitamin pill. There is a GSTN, a network to make tax-paying easy. But when you pay something, the receipt says something else. Errors are justified as server delays and/or session time-outs.

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Then there is Aadhaar, a simple idea turned into a torture chamber. One day you are told to link Aadhaar with your marriage certificate. The next day you are told to wait until the courts decide whether your marriage is fake or love-jihad. You then have to link your Aadhaar to your pan card, the page number of the book you are reading, the number of vada-pavs you can eat in one go and finally your dhobi account. Never forget it is a privilege to be a citizen linked to links.

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5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “DeMo, GST, etc: How to create a mess, then make it messier; Now, link your Aadhaar number to your sambar-vada”

  1. Raghu says:

    Once again the author has spoken the language of Congress and CPM. Must have lost a lot of money Demonitization! He even quotes our ex PM the silent stooge PM who got the nation looted in over 100 scams to the tune of 300,000 crores as a hero! Now you can see the point! Just a few weeks ago, the authors accused RSS oh Gauri Lankesh murder and facts have come out that it was done by the naxalites. Now here is anothe distortion from the same author.
    Here are the facts,
    There is no necessity to hate Modi on the basis of strong reasons. But, in a span of few years of his political life, he became hot favourite enemy to Congress and Communists!
    When entire Congress and Seculars became nude in the hands of Modi, enmity has begun. Till now, none of them hated anyone like they hate PM Modi! Every scam, every secret of Nehru Dynasty has come to light.
    Modi’s Swatch Bharath Abhiyan was not only to clean the streets of India but to clean Congress and Seculars out of India as well. When PM Narendra Modi started his campaign with the broomstick, sleepless nights has started to Congress and the fear has gradually taken place in Seculars Fort!
    Do you know why Congress and Seculars hate Modi? Do you know the basic reasons to create enmity with such a genuine person of India?
    Well, there are lots of reasons to bark over Modi. I wish to mention some of them as below:
    1. Abu Saleem in prison! 1993 case finally closed!
    2. Sasikala in prison!
    3. Ram Rahim in prison, again 2002 case!
    4. Finance Ministry knows exactly the quantum of black money which was circulated, who are the culprits, the ISI printed & black currency never came in as it’s being discovered as junked!
    5. Corruption has been eradicated in the South and North blocks!
    6. Aadhar will control every citizen going forward!
    7. 10 lakh bogus ration cards destroyed!
    8. 1,00,000 gas connections surrendered!
    9. Triple Talaq abolished!
    10. India relation with US and BRICS countries at its best got Pakistan listed as terror state!
    11. 45 lakh new income tax assesses!
    12. GST for single point taxation removed the concept of sales tax check posts shortening travel time for trucks, has brought in most of the unregulated business under the tax purview and saved millions of gallons of fuels wasted at sales tax check posts!
    13. Kashmir clean up almost getting to closing point with terror funding abolished by NIA raids and Jihadist being terminated
    14. Money laundered to Christian conversion missionaries has been blocked!
    15. 70% of India Saffronizedwhich will help faster decisions and uniformity in policies across India!
    16. 30 lakh money laundering NGO’s checked!
    17. MEA successfully brings in refugees negotiating with many Islamic countries!
    18. China in the verge of war has been tamed, checkmated and sent back!
    19. Islamic refugees from Myanmar stopped!
    20. NEET brings in fairness, destroys 25-50 Lakhs capitation fees, uniformity in medical opportunities and checks quota misuse!
    21. Cattle markets regulated!
    22. 2G, National Herald and Sunanda verdicts soon!
    23. Defence strengthened with new high-tech equipments from US and Israel!
    This is what we call achievements of Modi! He knows what he has to do for the sake of the nation and he will do, no matter how anti-nationalists bark at him.
    Tightening, Cleaning and Putting checks in the system almost complete! Going forward it will be performance Delivery! “Acche Din” is not far away!
    You may call it “Saffron Terrorism’! You may call it Saffronism! But, I did not find any wonderful answers apart from this to your most asked question, “what has Modi done in three years?’
    Believe! Saffronizing entire India is kind of cleaning corrupted sick society. But if you are separatist, commie, anti national, anti Hindu and minority rebel, forget the above and find a new reason to abuse Modi! Else you may not get sleep!

  2. George says:

    Quoting our ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s words to authenticate your claims does not hold any ground! After all MMS was absolutely silent for ten years. The only sounds test came out of his body was not fro. His mouth urging Sonias defacto rule. Suddenly he became vocal. Do, if a criminal or cook or a looter accuses you, that itself is a character certificate of good character! That means they are hurting! Here was the legacy of our ex PM who is so cherished by this author
    For the medium term we see a very solid track ahead of the Indian economy: IMF chief Lagarde . This was recently expressed by mid chief who is not RSS or BJP
    India expected to regain the fastest growing major economy tag next year with 7.4% growth, higher than China’s 6.5%
    IMF expects Indian economy to grow 8% in the medium term on the back of reforms
    Congress looted India for 6 decades scams after scam ? Last decade itself they looted 300,000 crores!
    The list is as follows:
    Bofors scam, a trademark scam of Gandhi family.
    Coal Scam: CAG calculated it to be to the tune of 1.86 Lakhs crores, whoops mind-boggling!
    2G Spectrum Scam: To the tune of 1.76 Lakhs crore!!
    Common Wealth Games scams: To the tune of 70,000 crores, involved parties Suresh Kalmadi, Sheila Dikshit, Robert Vadra amongst others
    Chopper Scam: Perfect example of bribery and corruption in India 610 Million!
    Tatra Truck scam: dirty defence deal
    Adarsh Housing scam: a building made for war widows, but flats occupied by Congress big wigs!
    Cash for vote scam in 2011
    Satyam Scam
    Telgi stamp paper scam
    Insurance Scam
    Other 100 Scam and Scandals.

  3. Harsha says:

    T J S George : you are an pro Congress / CPI supporter. You are not fit to right any article in star of Mysore. you are an fool to say that NDA government is not doing good .Only you can write shit like like this (linking Aadhaar to food )
    I hope you are having sound mind. else world is big ,

  4. Prabhakar says:

    Anti linking of Adhar card is bigger than it appears! Congress and opposition are organizing the opposition because all the fake ration card holders are falling off which especially the congress and media does not like! The writer of this article is very much a part of this opposition camp! NDTV is relating every death due to starvation or sickness to Adhar linking and howling on their channels and media! Just like every murder was liked to RSS and gow rakhaks, Now we started feeling, even Gow rakshak might be on Congress payroll to pull down Modi! If let these scoundrels win, tomorrow Rahul will be our PM and Vaadra will take charge of our economy and Farooq Abdulla will be our defense minister. It us the time that citizens of India wake up and see the grand scheme of these crooks!

  5. Krishnan says:

    2 Lakh Muslim kids are missing after linking Adhar card of the students identity with Givernment grants provided was made mandatory! No wonder congress supporters hate the Aadhar card!
    The Uttarakhand government’s scholarship scheme for children from minority communities belonging to below-poverty-line (BPL) families has seen a curious trend of late. The scheme which is meant for students of classes I to X has seen a sharp decline in the number of beneficiaries in the past two years — so much so that over 88% are no longer enrolled in the scheme.
    Data accessed exclusively by A reouted news paper revealed that there were 2,21,800 students who were enrolled for the scheme in 2014-15, but in 2016-17 the number suddenly dipped to just 26,394. What accounts for the disappearance of almost 2 lakh students who were availing benefits of the scheme merely 2 years earlier?
    The scholarship amounts varied depending on the class the student was in. Students in classes I to V were entitled to around Rs 50 per month, those in classes VI to VII almost Rs 80 per month, while the scholarship amount was around Rs 120 for students of classes IX & X.
    There are various theories being circulated to explain the missing students. Since the “disappearance” happened after the minorities welfare department — which oversees the scheme — decided to digitise all its records from 2015-16 onwards, the prevailing theory is that digitisation of records busted the “massive corruption” that used to happen in the guise of the scholarship scheme.
    “The amount meant for students availing of the scholarship was paid to either the schools or madrassas where they were enrolled. After the records became digitised, details of the students were required to be uploaded online. This might have alarmed those indulging in wrong-doing. Consequently, we saw that many districts stopped coming forward to avail of the scheme. In fact, as many as six of the 13 districts reported in the last financial year that there were no takers for the scheme,” said a source in the minorities welfare department.


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