One Country One Market One Tax.
Goods and Services Tax is finally here. GST is tad bit late. Say by a decade. Starting from Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe and even Malaysia has it. All had to face its share of woes in switching to new system of taxation. Historically the idea is as new as Internet. Taxation is prerogative of every sovereign authority. In democracy there are too many sovereign authority in practice than in theory. GST will replace, Excise, Counter-veiling duty, VAT (Sales Tax), Luxury Tax, Entertainment Tax, Entry Tax and Octroi among others. But let’s note the key benefits.
Eliminate tax on tax.
As mentioned above many taxes are imposed on the price inclusive of goods. For example excise is levied when goods leave factory and is included in the price realised by manufacturer. Sales tax or VAT is levied when goods are sold by retailer. Yet again luxury tax is levied if sale is made at an establishment treated as luxurious viz 5 star Hotel. Continue reading
What is reasonable?
Justice has to be reasonable. Any decision which is based on no reason or taken in a whim or fancy is unjust. Similarly if the reasons have nothing to do with the decision, it is arbitrary and perverse. It is also nicknamed as Wednesbury’s Arbitrariness, due to the decision of House of Lords on the subject. (click here to read more about Wednesbury’s Arbitrariness)
Similarly if the reasons for a decision are based on wrong facts or reasons change in the course of time, the decision has to be revisited and a fresh decision need to be taken. That is sum and substance of reasonableness. Rest is in the domain of mental wilderness.
Is amazon reasonable?
In the past whenever I have revised a book, I have requested Amazon to forward the intimation to every buyer so that they may update the content. The request was always granted. This time I did the same for one of my books. However to my surprise this was the response: Continue reading
Wait became my last name when she promised to come;
Wait became my middle name, when she failed to come,
Wait become my first name, when she remembered none,
In years wait is known to everyone, Me known to none.
Making India bleed through thousand cuts:
Zia-ul Haq, the then dictator of Pakistan had formulated the above policy to make India bleed through a thousand cuts after he realised that Pakistan can not win any conventional war with it’s mighty neighbour. Search the above phrase and there will be hundreds of articles highlighting above policy and concluding that the terrorism unleashed through borders is the result of that policy. They are only half correct. Terrorism is official policy of Pakistan to deal with all neighbours.
The creation of ‘Pakistan’ which literally mean “Pure Land” is itself is a hate speech to the rest of world which is automatically termed impure. But the task of Islam/Pakistan is not complete.The Pakistan looks for “Takmeel-e-Pakistan” which means perfection. It will happen when all the Muslim in the world comes together. Can you guess what this “togetherness” will do? No marks for guessing. It is a hush talk of what ISIS dare to speak without mincing words.
The creation of Pakistan saw murder of million and exodus of Millions of Hindu/Sikh/minorities other than Muslims from West Punjab (and East Bengal) which was declared Pakistan. A state born with violence and whose first policy decision was to attack its minorities and second was to attack Kashmir, can not be expected shun violence. Therefore the crucial question is: “What are the above said thousand cuts?
Festival of Holi is associated with fun and frolic. It is a day when restraints and restrictions are forgotten but to an extent. A day of catharsis. Forcibly colouring each other gives a catharsis to violence. Therefore Happy Holi to all.
There is another aspect of this festival of colours. It also doubles as fools day like 1st April. Therefore it is OK to deceive somebody for fun so long it is harmless.
Sometimes the catharsis and fun exceed limits especially crime prone violent patched of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and then police steps in.
Another interesting aspect is complete shut down of public transport till afternoon. But today one is free to roam around any where with a bottle of beer or whatever and you are forgiven. Even police ignores today and drinking in Public Places like Gardens is frequent. Like a permitted anarchy for one day. Come tomorrow and it would be a different day.
I always wonder as to why Halloween has atleast three letters from Holi? Just a coincidence or some one got inspired from Holi. After all all serous players are unrecognisable in afternoon.
Holi is also the simplest of all festival. Play with perfumed and organic colours. If less fortunate play with normal chemical colours. If poor play with water or worse mud. Nobody is left out.
Whatever you do but do eat Gujiya. That is a must. How can a festival be celebrated in India without sweets.