5 Jul 2011


Mumbai's Desi Liquor/Spirit shops have the dirtiest curtains of any type in the world. It's their identity. Even a stone drunk will avoid it by a khamba. But behind it is a very effective tax collection system.

Haram Tax.
The daily jhatka tax collection system of the states of the Indian Union.

Future history textbooks will have a paragraph like this about our times.

"The state had a very effective daily tax collection system to collect tax from the poor population who were not part of the regular Income Tax system who formed less than 25% of the working population. The democratically elected government licensed people to collect daily tax in every village, and bus stops and railway stations by setting up a cheap liquor shop that was very patriotically called Desi Daru Shop. The owners kept their profit but the tax flowed to the state coffers freely, every night.

Unlike the middle and upper class of the time, the poor would willingly empty up to 100% of their earnings in these effective tax collection system, at the end of each working day.

Those who didn't pay all their money as tax at this collection point would, after a few drinks, spend the remaining money at the online lottery stall that was conveniently put up next to the Desi Daru shop.

Never in the history of Indian economic history have the poor or any section of the society so willingly paid income tax.

Here's the photograph of a popular comedian who imitated the greatest tax paying population of any age, best."

"This is a photograph of a Desi Daru shop next to a field in Rural Karnataka from the year 2007. That state banned country spirit or desi daaru a couple of years back. This forced the patriotic tax paying citizens of that state to upgrade to an upper tax paying slab. They all now drink cheap Indian Made Foreign liquor and pay more taxes. "

"In Maharashtra, the government however was pro-poor. It only increased tax of expensive liquor on a regular basis."

"In left leaning Kerala, they have a Beverages Corporation that makes Keralites of all class to stand in a single queue to buy their booze. Who said, Indians do not like to pay tax?"

"Like Akbar's Mansabdari system, the British Zamindaar system, Bharat Sarkar's Daily Jhatka system was the symbol of its raj "

1 comment:

Curry Spice said...

interesting way to think about it. You think someone actually conceptualized it. "Lets make those buggers pay tax. Sir- but how? Simple this is how..."

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