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Vinayak Chatterjee: The manifesto route to nation building

At best a far fetched, extremely wild derewam !?



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Well, well ! But, said or heard not for first time ! ...gotta to browse , as a pastime, to find a host of such .tit bits to be pieced together.. Missing bus (or train) , depends on the mode of travel chosen; or left with no choice- Looking back wityh nostalgia, while in Goa, not in distant past, used to be said to ridicule, - missing the boat (ferry ?) to cross the ever turbulent river, Mandovi . The other extreme, if were to think in terms of 'yugas', nothing to regret even if missed time and tide, and have tragically 'lost decades' in the process (to remind yet again, -Read, TOI’s own ‘Panorama of The Lost Decades” !

The concept of “Democracy” has been doing its round all the time; in recent times, going by the media, it has been provoked to ‘dance’, a ‘junglee’ type at that.
One is left unsure whether Jug is talking of ‘democracy’ in its profoundly original meaning or as a ‘synonym’ (‘meaning as another’).
Brevity is the soul of ‘wit’. For once, purposely  not inclined not to follow that ideal, looking back / reversely  but fast turning  the pages of history , -the toi , in its ‘SESQUI CENTENNIAL  PUBLICATION, 1992 ‘- one finds a cryptic quote, as re-quoted:
< H.L . Mencken described American democracy as a “boobocracy” of, by and for the “vast herd of human blanks” who have neither the interest nor the capacity for intelligent self-government. This style of expression is impolitic and impolite. But as you thump through those pages and see how government after  government succumbed to populism when what that country needed was leadership, you are tempted to tell yourself that even what is impolite and impolitic has to be said in a country whose national motto is “Truth Shall Prevail”.>
Poser: should that be true even for that ‘once –was- super-power’, how our nation can remain insulated from that irresistible external influence. extra strong.
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 To catch a crook: Three lessons from the Rajaratnam case

The article, so also the numerous comments posted, as understood, focus on, rightly so, the most important of all being supply of an alert, unwittingly or otherwise, to anyone suspected to be a culprit. Upfront what comes to one's mind is the unpleasantly active role, unwisely played by the media- print, electronic, or any other of its kind.

In today's context, in view of the overwhelming influence any such information given publicity in advance or prematurely, more so mindlessly, and its impact on the societal welfare, in the larger interests of the nation and its people, in common, it is the duty and responsibility of the media to be considerate as to considerably  moderate the increasingly overtaking  practice of an unsavoury investigative journalism - particularly of the type verging on, -sensationalism, populism, self-promotion or-projection, so on.  Instead, desirably, at least initially, soon after any such information coming to its notice/knowledge should be passed on forthwith to the concerned empowered authority, keep closely monitoring, and, only if that fails to produce or show any outcome as expected, within a reasonable time, then only think of further suitable steps to bring about the aimed-at -result of an enduringly successful nature, accruing for the welfare of the people,   or any section /sector thereof. Otherwise, as past experience has repeatedly demonstrated, that could prove eventually self-defeating or -effacing attempt, with an unintended negative bizarre outcome.
This is an exclusive area where only expert psychologists or psychoanalysts* could come out and make a valuable contribution with really useful suggestions /recommendations, for the benefit of the humanity -not any tom , dick and harry, or an average  human/commoner , as we are,  filled with nothing but detestable trait / harmful  qualities of so called,  'ego' or 'emotion'..
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1. What is all the more deplorable is that simply with a view to tax, the men in governance, under the guise of legislative process, gone on to resort to and accomplish the intended object by subjecting the constitution itself to violent changes and rewriting it.

As the matter stands now, the apex court is heard to have held the referred amendments as not ultra vires. Hopefully, however, the apex court may be called upon to go to the root of the whole controversy and reconsider the present verdict, if and when so taken up for a fresh adjudication.
In this context, as drawn attention to, in the leading case of ‘Raheja’ *, the factual matrix was peculiar and materially different from a pure and simple contract of sale of a ‘finished product’ normally entered into and strictly as envisaged by the special state law  on ‘flat’.

2.  Service tax on collections by a housing society for meeting the outgoings for running and maintenance of the building complex (flats /apartments). The collections so made are by the owners of the property itself, and for their own exclusive benefit. The rationale or legitimacy of such a levy is highly disputable on two grounds: The collections do not have the characteristics of ‘income’ or ‘fees’ and in any case, the principle of ‘mutuality’  is squarely applicable. Sooner the controversy is judicially and judiciously set at rest, the best.
* ET

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