After reading Mr.Khushwant Singh's great article in the Hindustan Times published on last Saturday I immediately thought of Sauvik particularly for the following lines: he says “I think that once you have paid the full price for an article, it is unfair to make you pay more when you bring it home.”
Imagine if Sauvik as an Editor of The Economic Times, I think that the Indian community will be sharpened their understanding of economics and the daily editorial will be a gun shoot for officials in government and the socialist propagators.
In fact some years ago I met Asma Jehangir in a conference at
For record I am posting the full article below:
Stamp out the fundamentalists, gently by Khushwant Singh, June 19, 2009
Whenever I read of a bomb blast somewhere in
Asma was in
“What do you want to know ?”
“Why do Muslims the world over, including
She explained in detail: the decline of Muslim power, of the cultural and scientific supremacy it once had, and looking for scapegoats as excuse.
“Why the recent eruption of bigotry and its medieval penal codes — burqa, flogging girls, cutting off limbs, beheading, etc? Why don’t educated Pakistanis slam the door on their faces?”
“They do. There is a rising tide of resentment against the attempted Talibanising. We have had enough of them. You’ll see the results soon enough.”
“Stamp them out without killing them,” I said. “We in
Asma Jehangir smiled and said, “Well done! We’ll do the same. Inshallah!”
Out of custom
My heart goes out to Sheetal Mafatlal who has been arrested by Mumbai customs for trying to smuggle in gold and jewellery worth several lakhs without paying customs duty on them. I am on her side as I too have tried to do so in the past because I think that once you have paid the full price for an article, it is unfair to make you pay more when you bring it home.
Her fate reminded me of a few encounters I had with customs officials.
The first was when I was in college in
Most of my foreign travel in later years was by air. I taught myself a few tricks. While in
Since customs officers got X-rays which show all there is in your baggage, it has become difficult to sneak in taxable items without paying tax on them. Sheetal Mafatlal should have known this before she catwalked through the green channel.
When you really know you have nothing to declare and a customs official refuses to believe anything you say, you can strike an indignant tone of righteousness. This happened to me when my wife and I were returning from a conference in
My tone carried the day. Or perhaps the label on my case, “Editor, The
File it, forget it
This is a true story of an ingenious politician who was head of a government company which was to buy 40 buses for its transport fleet. After getting his palm duly greased, he asked his procurement-in-charge to put up a note recommending that the buses be bought from a particular firm. The note was duly put up. The politician wrote ‘approved’ below the note and signed. Meanwhile, another firm had got wind of the deal, so they approached the politician with a better kick-back offer.
The politician recalled the file and added ‘Not’ in front of ‘Approved’. The original supplier then landed up and offered the politician a further cut. The politician calmly recalled the file a second time and added an ‘e’ after ‘Not’, so that now it read ‘Note Approved’.