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Raid Politicians, But Not Selectively

It has always been well known, that apart from the tax evader businessman and industrialist, the biggest hoarders of black money have been the politicians and the bureaucrats. In fact it is often seen that seniority in politics is directly determined by the size of the loot at the disposal of the politician. While the source of the black money of the businessman has been tax evasion and crime, that of the politician has been much more disturbing and serious viz. corruption and crime. Being the rewards of crime, the politician cannot legitimise it, even if he is willing to pay taxes thereon, which interestingly, many are indeed willing to. Thus these proceeds of plunder remain in hidden and undisclosed assets, by way of cash, gold benami shares, land etc. and where the amount is sizeable, it has been parked is hidden bank accounts in tax havens like Switzerland, Panama, Dubai, Singapore etc. Such corruption of the netas, apart from perpetrating crime in India, has also denied the country the benefit of these funds of black money, which cannot be disclosed and put to national use. It is often said that if all the funds of Indians, that have been illegally parked in tax havens abroad were found and put to national use, our national problem of poor infrastructure would be resolved.

Despite the fact that this loot, at the disposal of the politician stares in your face, yet there has been political unwillingness to raid politicians and unearth and seize the huge funds that they have plundered, for very obvious reasons. This has been so irrespective of the party in power, because at the end of the day when the top politicians of the country sit together on the cocktail bar, they are mafia brothers, out to protect each other.

The attitude towards tackling politicians, has however been a bit different under the Modi regime. We often hear of income tax and ED raids being conducted against various politicians. Politicians have been raided by the tax sleuths in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and now a minister in the AAP government of Arvind Kejriwal has been at the receiving end of a tax raid. These raids are generally successful, because the entire business of politics is founded on and funded by black money. Whether it is contesting elections or the shameful horse trading thereafter, the tool of the trade is black money only. The bigger the neta, the bigger the loot he possesses and that much easy a sitting duck he should be for the tax authorities.

If these netas are tackled and tamed across the board, irrespective of their party affiliation and their loot is seized by the state, their political careers would be finished and India would be cleansed of the curse of political corruption and plunder of the nation. But for that, one law and one nation must apply to all the politicians and not selectively as we presently see. At present, the tax and ED raids, though justified and highly successful, are being selectively conducted against the opposition party netas, for political gains, revenge and vindictiveness. That may finish a neta, but it will not finish the crime of corruption and tax evasion in India, which is what it is meant to. Raids on politicians are welcome, but not for settling political scores or gaining political victories.

        

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