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GST: The hope tax!
It's unofficially official. Nobody knows what the GST is going to do to the Indian economy. Guesswork is being thrown out of mouths like so much vomit after a hard night's drinking a variety of alcohols.

I've read a few articles and seen a fair number of "experts" give their views on GST on the telly. And after watching a series of these television interviews with their expert views, I've had a feeling that I am better off watching "Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain".

Now on a slightly more serious note. The GST does actually do something for this nation of eager followers of a terrible polity. It gives some hope to the few that can actually read, write and perhaps even interpret correctly. The rest of us will give a shrug and carry on with the hope that when we go to buy veggies next week, the bill will be less than normal (It never is).

A long list of which corporate is going to be benefited or which industry is to be benefited has begun to come out and as a addendum it adds in small print how you as the "common" man will stand to gain a few rupees only to lose it in some other industry that does not benefit and instead makes the other bill more expensive.

Change in India seems to be on a neutral basis for the vast teeming millions. And this could well be a trend that we may be following globally. At the top 1% though the change is usually positive for them even if laws seem detrimental to their business initially. The top 1% seem to know how the people who will help to circumvent the rules and continue a positive addition to their accounts whether legal or illegal.

The media is doing its best to tell the 124 crore out of 125 crore people that they are going to be a lot better off with this GST. The balance one crore people are not bothered by any governmental tax or rule. Please refer to the 1% comment in above para. Now they may be right or they may be wrong in equal measure.

The fact is as mentioned in the first sentence nobody knows what the heck is going to happen once this tax has been imposed on the unsuspecting public. Massive doses of positive feel has been propagated across the country to make sure that the feel good factor of the "ache din" promise has finally arrived after two years of blundering along.

Here I must say that this government seems to be putting a really positive spin to blundering along the economic highway and with a few sparse successes that they have managed. At the very least, they do seem to be trying very hard to shed the previous administration's blatancy in governance across the board that plagued it for several years despite having a more or less decent prime minister for more than a decade.

So, the GST in essence could work or not. It is going to depend on such a huge variety of factors across the contradictory states of the United States of India.

So, here's to the Next Great Hope Tax of India! Cheers. (hic).

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