The Justice Shah Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed by Team Modi on the lines mentioned in a Supreme Court verdict, and has sat several times since the time it was set up. Lawyers, not unexpectedly, usually regard existing or new laws as a panacea for societal ailments, a view embraced with fervour by television anchors, and press reports indicate that the many sittings of the SIT have generated a flurry of recommendations designed to tighten further legal screws on delinquent behaviour. Given the number of laws in India (some of which have their roots in the period when Aurangzeb was ruler of Delhi), many may find it difficult to understand precisely how yet another set of laws would improve the situation, especially those where the onus is on the citizen to prove his or her innocence of charges levied by officials acting at the behest of business or political interests. Certainly, the implementation of the J.S. Verma recommendations, which added to existing laws on violence against women, has not improved the situation, while making it a relatively simple matter to file a case against any male imprudent enough to enter into any form of communication or contact with the opposite sex.

In India, our colonial-era laws are often used to collect bribes in order to fund the education of wards abroad, or to build a residence as opulent as that into which a former Principal Secretary to a former Prime Minister moved after demitting his job, while he had earlier been staying at a modest apartment in Vasant Kunj. His offspring too moved into much grander places of residence, in the way such well-born offspring are frequently known to do, naturally to silence from those government agencies tasked to track precisely such details and penalise those guilty of infringing the maze of law on the subject.

Apart from information which accidentally fell into its hands (and into that of several other governments), thus far the government seems to have come up with little in the way of retrieving moneys illegally placed abroad by citizens of this country. Expecting such individuals to have foreign bank accounts in their own name seems a trifle naive. Almost all those with cash kept abroad would have placed such money in the accounts either of relatives or friends, who have been made NRIs for the purpose, or would have availed of the legal and accountancy services abundant in offshore tax havens to create a chain of nominations for accounts whose secrecy would consequently be close to impossible to penetrate. As for those with accounts in the US, the gap of several months between news of US authorities offering data on the bank accounts of nationals to their respective countries and the actual signing of the protocol with the US government was sufficient to allow such account holders to have cleared out such accounts, thereby ensuring that all that the Government of India will finally come up with as a consequence of the Black Money (in foreign countries) law will be the same as will be dredged up by the Shah SIT, which is a derisory figure. And by levying confiscatory taxes and penalties on the funds disclosed, the government has ensured that the new law’s success rate (in bringing back money illegally deposited abroad) will be as meagre as that generated from the sittings of the Shah SIT.

Fortunately, North Block mandarins have already declared that the Black Money law was “not a revenue raising measure”. If the purpose was not to raise funds by getting back money illegally kept abroad, perhaps the objective of a law mentioned in this year’s Budget speech was to sharpen the drafting skills of the North Block bureaucracy. By the time the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls roll by in 2017 and the Lok Sabha polls two years later, should the moneys brought back by the Government of India be a piffling amount, the impact will be substantial on the political fortunes of Prime Minister Modi, whose party was elected to power because of the confidence of voters that he would succeed in bringing back vast sums of such cash. His success or lack thereof in this will be a major factor in future election campaigns. The problem is that those steeped for decades in the present colonial system of governance may find it difficult to change their ways. As was the case with the British Raj, the “stick” is usually outsize, while the “carrot” is shrivelled and inedible. Take the case of the recent increase in Service Tax, a measure that has had a devastating effect on employment generation in India. Rather than raising the rate even further, lowering it to at least 10% would have increased compliance and therefore collections, a fact that must be known to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose practical approach to governance in Gandhinagar is what has ensured his present stay at 7 Race Course Road. Unless he succeeds in changing the processes of governance in Delhi the way he did in Gujarat, for example, by ensuring the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars back to India from offshore banking havens and from international investors, what took place in Delhi is likely to be repeated elsewhere. More than the Ministry of External Affairs and even the Ministry of Defence in South Block, it is North Block — specifically the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Home Affairs — which will decide the result of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Replies to “For Modi, North Block is what will matter in 2019”

  1. Before 2014 election BJP did not expected that It will win election against Congress with huge majority. It worked hard with all types of professional canvassing in all states particularly in North where Hindu Population is there and Congress persecuted Hindus in particular.
    When Narendra Modi was brought by a syndicate of the Then BJP President Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitey all old leaders and D4 get annoyed.They tried their best to stop Modi coming to Delhi but workers wanted him to come to Delhi and head the canvassing.
    Modi came to Delhi and all old leaders are sidelined. Modi spearheaded the prachar single handedly with support fro Gujarat Lobby and funding.
    Modi started his offensive and aggressive on all meetings and innovative methods were used to attract voters.Voter being disgusted with Sonia Gandhi anti Hindu policies drawn to him.And Modi won by a huge margin in 2014.His promises are attractive and popular and Voters voted him enmasse.
    But after he became PM he forget all he promised to his own electorate He became a stooge of his own ego and highhandedness. The throne of PM is secular one and whosoever sits on it became a protagonist of Secularism and Islam Christian.MODI became a secular and highly democratic in autocratic India.Indian loves autocracy as they lived under that system for 1200 years.MODI failed to pass many bills as he has no majority in Rajyasabha and he could not muster support from regional parties.
    His own party workers are being brutally killed in Kerala Karnataka and WB but he did not raised his voice against that or warned state govt to stop such violence or face consequences. HIS democracy killed hundreds of BJP workers.
    Now all workers and voters feared to go to vote as they know this Govt cant save them after they vote BJP so they did not went to vote.All they know a coward impotent and defensive BJP govt could not save their life from murderers of Congress PFI SDPI ISI ISIS IM SIMI so they won’t go to vote.
    NONE UNDERSTAND PSYCHE OF HINDU VOTERS AS THEY ARE LIVING IN FEAR IN ALL TOWNS CITIES AND VILLAGES UNDER A ISLAMIC TERRORIST SYSTEM.AND A CENTRAL GOVT OF BJP FAILED TO ACT ON THE STATE GOVT GIVING SHELETER TO THE KILERS AND NOT GIVING SAFETY TO RSS BJP WORKERS SUPPORTER/ VOTERS.UNLESS FEAR PSYCHOSIS ENDS BJP WILL NEVER WIN IN INDIA.
    WE HOPE NARENDRA MODI LEARNS LESSON AND REPLACE ALL HIS MINISTERS FORTHWITH AND INDUCT NEW MINISTERS FROM YOUTH RSS VHP BJP BAJARANG DAL AND SAVE HIS VOTERS BY STRONG LAW AGAINST TRAITORS AND ANTI NATIONAL.
    SABK ASAATH SABKA VIKASH WILL DROWN MODI FULLY IN 2019.

  2. Karnataka Voters showed that they had used NOTA as BJP failed to espouse their causes in Karnataka in last 5 year as when their SONS are killed by SDPI PFI and Congress but Central Govt says it has no Power to take action on them as it’s a state subject.
    In India Centre has its prime duty to save all its citizens from attack on their lives by killer gangs and if needed centre can ban them but shirking from responsibilities by saying that ban on SDPI and PFI can’t be taken by centre as it is s state matter and unless state writes them they can’t act. AMIT SHAH said that in open manch.
    A Congress govt can have the courage to ban SIMI and IM but a BJP govt can’t do that.I feels shame for a Coward Impotent and spineless govt.bjp WORKERS ARE KILLED BRUTALLY BY TMC CPM SDPI PFI IN WB AND KERALA BUT CENTRE IS NOT ACTING ON THE STATES.
    I SUGGEST FFOLLWING REMEDIAL MEAURES IN NEXT ONE YEAR.
    1.MANDATORY VOTING BY ALL VOTERS
    2.REMOVE 370 AND BIFURCATE J&K TO 3 STATES
    3.BRING IN JUDICIAL ACCOUNATBILITY COMMISSION.
    4.BRING IN UNIFORM CIVIL CODE,BAN HALAL TRIPLE TALAQ AND BAN SDPI PFI AIMPLB.
    5.ENACT LAW FOR STATIONING NATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM CENTRE IN ALL STATES
    6.RAM TEMPLE BY A ORDINANCE AND COMPLETED IN 6 MONTHS WITH 24 HOURS WORK BY ALL.
    7.MAKE GST SINGL EPOINT FIRST POINT LIKE TDS TCS Remove all other forms and inspector raj.
    However we are citizens of India and vote for BJP as we have no option.

  3. 1.MODI lost touch with people in last 4 years after he became PM.He depended fully on a clever lawyer cum Minister his friend soul mate and well wisher Arun Jaitely who is a Virtual PM.
    2.Modi started dreaming of being a International world leader by his whirlwind tour of world in last 4 years whereas his internal policies made him unpopular to get votes in next LS election. He does not want to see and listen peoples voice.He doesnot want to interact with his voters rather impose his views by Mann Ki Baat.
    3.He is alienated from people by his hangover of power and adulation. He was a MONK YOGI before he was PM but after he became PM he started living in a dream world.But power goes to his head now after become PM.
    4.He thought he has no challenge from any one as there is no alternative of him in India.But ABV also made same mistake although he done great in his 5 years rule as NDA PM.But he forget to know pulse of people for which he lost miserably in 2004 and lying in Bed.
    5.Modi won by a strong negative vote against SONIA GANDHIs anti Hindu policies and appeasement of Christian and Muslims not by his popularity.Sonia Gandhi blundered as she is illiterate fool and fascist. MODI ought change his style of functioning and directly meet people from all walks of life AT PEOPLES DARBAR in his 7 RCR.
    6.HE has just one year to renew his PM post for 5 years and the next 5 years are crucial and important for himself and his party.he should remove all congressman favorites bureaucrats from his advisor and appoint people from RSS ABVP BMS and BJP.
    7.In a parliamentary democracy your roots must be with voters BUT NOT TO bureaucrats who don’t understand the mindset of voters.They are slaves of masters/master of slaves.WISH MODI another TERM of 5 years in 2019 but I don’t see that is happening by his arrogant nature.
    8.Modi imported bureaucrats economists from US and appointed them in democratic posts when he has abundance of people in his party.And BJP RSS VHP ABVP and BJYM BMS has talented people,who know hopes aspirations of people.
    9.In a democracy you can’t impose your favorites and start ruling with high handedness arrogance like you done in NITI AAYOG FM FS RS and IRS.He must remove his FM AND FS Aadhia .
    10.Modi thinks himself as honest but his FM FS are most corrupted and egoistic hold the country at ransom.He will cry in 2019 election when he will see that whole India is against him like he did in Gujarat last .

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