The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.
- Autobiographical dictation, 30 June 1907. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 (University of California Press, 2013) Source: http://www.twainquotes.com/Politics.html
Starting this blog, I am occasionally going to try and blog my interpretation of daily senselessness in our lives. It's getting too often, and chronicling that is a good way to channelise thoughts.
The Journalist of Courage today reported Abhishek Manu Singhvi calling service tax on chopper rides to Vasihno Devi jizya. Here's what I made of it:
- Jizya was imposed by Aurangzeb, a Moghul ruler on Hindus. BJP-RSS now according to Mr. Singhvi therefore has muslim leanings. Makes sense! (sic!)
- Chopper rides are pilgrimages, not a service and therefore should not be under the purview of service tax. Makes sense! (sic!)
- Railways is a utility but still has service tax applicable, but choppers to Vaishno Devi should be counted as a pilgrimage and therefore should not be under the purview of service tax. Makes sense! (sic!).
Thank you, Mr. Singhvi, I had a nice morning today reading this article.
p.s. Neither this article, nor I have any specific political leaning towards any party in power or in opposition.