Is GST as important as Human Rights?

 

Mangesh Dahiwale

mangesh dahiwaleGST has been in operation in France since 1950s. USA does not have the GST regime. Canada have the GST, but accommodated with the regional political system. Malaysia launched GST in 2015 and led to protests and it is settling now. The unified tax regime is a good idea and the discussions have been on for a long time. It is going to be yet another disruption in the Indian economy, which Jaitley, the Finance Minister of India claims that its structural reform in Indian economy. The current RSS/BJP Government is trying to create the atmosphere of reforms, particularly, economic reforms in India.

 In an interview, Jaitley claimed that it is difficult to see how this disruption will play out in economy, but that after a while, the GDP will grow by 2 percent. However, the analysis of the Economist team claims that it will lead to lowered GDP of India by 2 percentage. We do not know who to believe and time will be the test of this policy.

India is a vast country unlike other countries, particularly Europe, which has a different history and much smaller a population that India. Indian federalism is a different type and in India, the states are sometimes bigger than some of the countries in the world. Whatever policies we have to implement, they have to be tailor made for Indian context or else they will backfire. India already saw much bigger a disruption which yielded no gains for the economy and the citizens. Indian economy slowed down because of the draconian demonetisation.

We do not know the outcome and our policy should be wait and watch. But the way the GST launch is planned with much fanfare and at the stroke of midnight tonight India will have is tryst with the destiny just like Nehru planned the declaration of full transfer of power by consulting the seers and the astrologers. The Congress Party has already tried to criticize the launch by saying that in the presence of the President of India, the Prime Minister cannot launch it. It is not according to the protocol. Whatever maybe the breach in the protocol. The much hyped fanfare is not needed.

Important bills must get attention that seek to reform Indian society from the bottom up. It has been proved that the general approach to economic development does not work at all. We need to have targeted policies for the targeted problems. India saw the rise in the communal tension and violation of the human rights in the last couple of years. Lynchings have become the public show of gory violence committed against the Dalits and the Muslims. However, the Government is not doing anything to stop these killings, but it is further adding fuel to the fire. India needs strong measures in the lines of Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, and though it is not implemented it is an important deterence. Perhaps at this state, India needs Prevention of Terrorism Act to safeguard the Muslims in India. We have to think as to how we can save lives of minorities in India.

We cannot have a country with perpetual internal wars. We must find creative ways of dealing with communal tensions and the caste system. It will be India's biggest tryst with destiny when every Indian irrespective of their religious denominations will feel safe and sober in India. This is what the constitution of India envisioned and this is what defines true Indianness!!

~~~

 

Mangesh Dahiwale is Director, Thinking Eye Studio Pvt Ltd, and Chairman, Manuski.

Other Related Articles

Unpartitioned Nostalgia: Memories of the Ruling Class
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
  Akshay Pathak Continued from here. #70yearson, a global campaign to remember the tragedy of 1947, might soon be trending on social media. Meanwhile, if you Google 'partition of India', the... Read More...
Barbaric Acts: Civilized Nationalists?
Friday, 21 July 2017
  Rajunayak Vislavath This is in response to a recent Facebook video that went viral. What you see in the video is that of a Dalit student getting brutally beaten up by upper caste students. In... Read More...
Some of us will have to fight all our lives: Anoop Kumar
Thursday, 20 July 2017
  Anoop Kumar (This is the transcipt of his speech at the celebrations of the 126th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Amebdkar in Ras Al Khaimah organised by Ambedkar International... Read More...
What is going right in the Dalit vs Dalit debate?
Monday, 17 July 2017
  Shiveshwar Kundu  One of the promises of modern and secular politics is to do justice in society. For settling any vexed question of politics in a society, first, it is imperative to deal... Read More...
Cow, ‘backwardness’ and ‘Bahujan’ Women
Monday, 10 July 2017
  Asha Singh  My Ahir-dominant village in Bhojpur district of Bihar has a school only up to standard seven. After the seventh grade, if somebody (or their family) decides to study further,... Read More...

Recent Popular Articles

Let’s read SFI as 'Students' Fascism of India': Dalit & Muslim Students of Kerala
Friday, 10 February 2017
  C Ahamed Fayiz Activists of Inquilab Students Movement were attacked by SFI hooligans at Government College, Madappally, Calicut today. Adhil Ali. A, a first year student who is pursuing BA... Read More...
The curious case of Indian psychoanalysis
Saturday, 11 February 2017
 Umar Nizar  Marxism has been critiqued variously for its occasional elitism and casteism. But the Freudian establishment in India, a flourishing one at that, has escaped criticism. Ashis... Read More...
“I Shan’t Die, I Shall Live And Win”: Story of An Adivasi Girl Student
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
  Rakesh Sanal "If I die, I will fail. I shall live and win. I very well know how tough it is. Hearing people speak of this nation as a democracy makes me laugh, for isn't it this nation which... Read More...
Chalo Nagpur Women against Hindutva Manuvaad and Brahmanvaad
Sunday, 05 March 2017
  Manisha Bangar Posters and video of the upcoming Chalo Nagpur Women against Hindutva Manuvaad and Brahmanvaad event on 10th March 2017. Please join in big numbers! Read More...
Ram Nath Kovind is not a Dalit, Dalit is a Spring of Political Consciousness
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
  Saidalavi P.C. The propaganda minister in Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels was so sharp in his thinking that we have come to quote his famous aphorism regarding the plausibility of a lie being... Read More...