This is where our TAX money goes…

This is a mail which I have received. And instead of just forwarding this to my mail list, I decided to forward this to general public and everybody out there. This is the reason I am posting this on my blog.

Politics is not a SERVICE anymore but a PROFESSION.

Salary & Govt. Concessions for a Member of Parliament 

Monthly Salary: Rs. 12,000/-

Expense for Constitution per month: Rs. 10,000/-

Office expenditure per month: Rs. 14,000/-

Travelling concession (Rs. 8 per km): Rs. 48,000/-(eg. For a visit from South India to Delhi & return: 6000 km)

 
Daily DA TA during parliament meets:
Rs. 500/day

Charge for 1 class (A/C) in train: Free (For any number of times)
(All over India )

Charge for Business Class in flights: Free for 40 trips / year (With wife or P.A.)

Rent for MP hostel at Delhi: Free.

Electricity costs at home: Free up to 50,000 units.

Local phone call charge: Free up to 1, 70,000 calls..

TOTAL expense for a MP [having no qualification] per year: Rs.32, 00,000/-[i.e. 2.66 lakh/month]

TOTAL expense for 5 years: Rs. 1, 60, 00,000/-

For 534 MPs, the expense for 5 years:
Rs. 8,54,40,00,000/-
(Nearly 855 crores)

AND THE PRIME MINISTER IS ASKING THE HIGHLY QUALIFIED, OUT PERFORMING CEOs TO CUT DOWN THEIR SALARIES. This is how all our tax money is been swallowed and price hike on our regular commodities. And this is the present condition of our country. Plus When the parliamentary sessions are going on almost Rs. 100 crores are spent daily. And even after spending so much on the MP’s comfort in the Parliament, every session almost goes futile and without any result. So why should an Indian pay taxes if the money is going into such a dustbin??? Is it really worth to pay taxes if such situation prevails??? Indian Government should answer and clarify all these things. And I know when clarifying on the things mentioned above only one answer comes and that is “These things are baseless”. I doubt how baseless these things are.

855 crores could make their life liveable!!

Think of the great democracy we have…

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

 

 

Courtesy: A mail I have received.

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IPL outsourced…

IPL SEASON 2 The most awaited, talked about, seen round the world and involving almost every bully in the world of cricket, in short IPL (Indian Premier League) is being outsourced. Yes. “Outsourced” is the only fitting word I know for. Generally India was the destination and receiver of the outsourced activities from other countries. But for the first time, and that too the Godly game “Cricket” is being outsourced to either South Africa or England. Its really a shame to do such thing.

 

Indian Premier League is “By Indians, For Indians, On Indian Land but involving foreign players.” This is the brief introduction of IPL. The first season of IPL was a grand success. Even though teams like “Bangalore Royals” and the likes of the teams didn’t perform well, but the owners of every team were multi-billionaires in a month. Every industry felt the boost in the performance with the introduction of IPL. Media industry were the biggest gainers, ground keeping authorities, FMCG companies, players etc followed the suits with grand gains. Though cricket followers and fans gave out money for tickets, but they also gained by the enthrallment and joy of watching the match live on some stadiums. Even the cheerleaders were also benefited from this venture.

 

Forget about the biggies, even a Pan stall, food malls, hotels, restaurants, small scale shoppers were also benefited hugely from IPL, as public who had to go for jobs while the match was being played used to stop at some point and watch the update. In that period, if one was at Pan stall for grabbing a quick update had to purchase cigarette, Pan or some mouth freshener at least. Or for that matter, for getting access in the hotel he had to get something ordered in their. So though indirectly, everybody was getting benefited from IPL.

 

But now if the authority takes this game to different country then all these small benefiters are going to loose the cream they would have got from it. We all know that Elections are more important than IPL, but that can not be an excuse to postpone, pre-pone or outsource the game. Cricket is equal to God in India. So if the followers of the God Cricket, which for the fact everybody is, get embarrassed due to such things as outsourcing take it for granted that Elections are gonna get hit big time. At least the some effect will be there. The other thing is that, Indian Political leaders “waste” so much money, in those futile sessions in Lok-Sabha and Rajya-Sabha with no output coming from those session with lakhs or Crores of rupees invested in it. Instead of wasting so much money there, invest some of it at least in strengthening the security, law and order in the country.

 

I think the solution to strengthening the security of India lies in the statement above. I think if the companies of the likes of Satyam can afford myriad and huge frauds, they can definitely afford to start some “Alternate Military System” which will work under the “Indian Armed Forces” that is “Indian Military” and will share the work load also. In the events of emergency these forces can work like military forces and other times they can take care of internal security of particular state, which they belong to. This will create some employment also and security will not be a concern. Even though the emergency like Mumbai Attack comes, solution can be easily sorted out without having to call those military forces which are working on the border.

 

Holding IPL in other countries is not the solution. Indian public want to enjoy the game in person, physically being able to stand in the stadium and cheer for their favourite teams. If the IPL is outsourced these public will be at loss as everybody can not afford to go to abroad for watching matches. And another thing is that, IPL is Indian Event and carrying that out in foreign land is uncalled for and not welcome. Security concerns can be worked out, the session can be postponed, or re-worked out. IPL authorities need to leave the adamant views and find some way out. Have some high-tech solutions to prevent any mishaps. As already said by Ayaz Memon, the Common-Wealth Games will come somewhere around the mid-term elections, so are we going to postpone those also? Not carrying out two major events at a single time shows the inability of Indian Government. I think India Government can take the load of two major events. And outsourcing IPL 2 to some other country is definitely not the solution.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Pune.

A surprise birthday party…

 

It was 11:50 in the night of 4th July, I was sleeping. I was so overtaken by the sleep that I forgot that when the clock ticks 12:00 in the night, the next second I would be one year older than what I was. But I was not at all thinking about it. The conditions brought my thinking to a halt. I was sick with high fever. The fever rose well above the normal level. I was sleeping on one side, pulling the rug well over my head to avoid any contact with the external air. The fan which used to rotate over my head was standing still, as if it was staring popping his eyeballs out and looking at me wondering what happened to me. The light was off, door was closed and I was totally unaware of whether there was anybody present in the room. In fact I didn’t have the consciousness to look for all these things.

 

In that hibernation mode, my brain was thinking or rather events happened earlier flashed in front of my eyes. I had come to this place called Kharghar for seeking my MBA course. The day when we all came to this place came in front of me. I was looking at all the faces I saw that day, my room mates, my neighbours and some of the pals with whom I was gonna spend the two years of MBA. The day 27th June is itched in my mind like anything. As the days passed, the page of calendar turned to the month of July. We all started to attend the classes from the next day itself. In July we came to know that we are gonna have trip to Lonavla for 2 days. We all were enthralled and curious to go to that place with so many companions. The date was set 9th and 10th July.

 

Amidst all these things, I was wondering what will happen to my birthday??? Everybody was strange to each other. It takes time to build some rapport. And days from 27th June to 4th July were not enough to build such a relationship. There was nobody out there who will be interested to celebrate my birthday. As everybody were new there, there was nothing like "tradition of celebrating birthdays". I was out of home and I was thinking why the joining date was this early??? Had they been started the college from 7th or 8th July, I could have celebrated my birthday with my mother and then joined the college. But now that choice was not there. With a sigh, I started to live my life there at ITM, Kharghar. I was thinking all this in my sleep and all these events and thoughts flashed in front of eyes.

 

Suddenly I started to feel some pulling and pushing. I woke up to see what had happened. The sudden change in the process scared me. I woke suddenly up and felt the heavy breathing going through my nostrils and heart. I took some time for me to come to conscience and understand what happened. After some time I understood that all my room mates and my neighbours were there trying to wake me up. I asked them what had happened. They all asked me to come to the adjacent room. I started to complain that I am not feeling quite well to walk and come there. But they were little pushy for me to come there. Gathering some strength I stood and started to proceed to the adjacent room. They all were waiting for me there. As and when I entered the room, everybody burst into claps and cheers, saying "Happy Birthday" to me. I was so overwhelmed by the efforts and celebration that I was not able to utter anything. My eyes started to show signs of tears.

 

They had brought cake for me by contributing some money. And they kept this act secret, and I was completely incognizant about all these developments. I was so touched by the celebration. I thanked everybody for such a wonderfull experience and making my birthday special, which otherwise could have been boring. They filled colors in my transition from 22nd year to 23rd year. I was not expecting any of such things happening with me. But, if its written in your destiny, its ought to happen. Really, that was real surprise birthday party. I will never forget this guys. Cheers to all room no. 3 and 4 of Shrinivas (where I spent my two years of MBA). I really miss you guys now. I really miss that special relationship we all shared.

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Pune.

FRIENDSHIP…

I’ve been quite ill-fated about the friends and friendship. I almost always lived by the line, “A friend to all, is friend to none”. But was that really my fault??? I guess I was destined to be like this. You will say that this is unfair to blame it all on my destiny instead of working on it to make some indispensable friendship. You may go a step further and will blame me for not being able to gather some real friends. But this is not that straight and simple.

 

I always tried to be a good friend to almost everybody. Call me anytime and I was there to solve their problems. But when it was my turn to seek help nobody turned up. Who’s fault is it??? I got hurt that time and now don’t have any regret but in the course FRIENDSHIP got strangled.

 

I had my group right from nursery to Engineering final year. Everybody envied me and asked how can friendship last this long??? But those friendships were always one sided affairs. Only give and no take affairs for me. Again who’s fault??? Selfishness was the only thing at the root of those friendships, but not by my side. They called me, I never denied to go. They came to me, I never denied help. They spoke behind my back, I never retaliated. But was patient and always at the receiving end. But I am still trying to keep those relations alive, the only thing I’m not interested in it now. I am just carrying it out for formality sake.

 

Again approached my MBA college expecting I’ll get someone who will stand by me in any situation, who will truly be my friend in need and happy times too. But again dissappointment is what I got. Here I have experienced some bitter sides of relationships. Here again I tried to get real close to someone, be real friend to someone, but fell on my face like never before. I still remember, I had seen a spark of good friendship in a girl, whom I don’t want to name. I approached her, tried to be real good friend of her. But alas she mistook me, took all my approaches in a wrong way. I’m not hurt, because I had expected this kind of turn around of issues in the course.  But the biggest loss here is not loosing a friend but is seeing a FRIENDSHIP getting strangled and maligned.

 

Here again, I saw some friends, or should I call them one?, who stabbed in my back by calling names and maligning my image. But that I accept as the prize from my destiny. Now I am not worried about getting a good friend, because I know nobody’s there for me. Really, because in this world REAL FRIENDSHIP is non-existant. What you see is the selfish version of it. I’ve learned to live with man’s real friends, Books, Music, Nature and Self. Except these there are no real friends. But I here want to make one point clear, even I am saying this all, I have got some good friends through the course of my life till now. And I really admire and adore them. And I wish they will be always with me in every situation. These good friends are very less in numbers but You know, I’ll again say I am living by the line,” let the friends be less in number but let them be good”.

 

I don’t want to loose these friends now and I know I’m destined to have them by my side henceforth. I hope they all stick with me.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad

Can Mahatma be owned???

The mere physical and mortal items of Mahatma Gandhi can be owned by paying some ephemeral paper chips, but the question which arises here is, can anybody own Mahatma Gandhi by merely buying the items HE used to use???

 

If somebody says “yes” to the above raised question, then it’s a shameful, bovine, mean and cheap answer one can give. The things Mahatma used to use then carry some value but, the thoughts, vision, mission, compromises and austerity that Mahatma showed are invaluable.

 

Mr. Mallya atleast showed some respect, spirit by obtaining these items from auction and protected India from getting bloody faced. The credit of this act, like his other acts, should be given to Mr. Mallya. The debate on whether Indian Government was behind this auction or not is really untraceable. As only Mr. Mallya and Indian Government know the truth. Keeping that factor aside, credit should be given to Mr. Mallya for showing some sensitivity and emotional attachment towards Mahatma item’s auctions. In the past also, he braught canon or missile of Tipu Sultan and earned the similar respect. Is Mr Mallya the only one who have some sensitivity??? No other person is sensitive???

 

Just merely buying or obtaining or keeping items of Mahatma Gandhi, no person or political party should claim that they own Mahatma. As nobody, even after investing the last drop of blood, can own Mahatma. But yes, Mahatma can be owned, but not by buying his items but following his vision and mission.

 

Mr. Mallya should also not show or claim that he own Mahatma. I know he will not, but still. Similarly, no Indian political party should claim any credit of bringing these items to India and use it for electoral campaign, as that will only malign the stature of that party further.

 

Don’t try to own Mahatma, but be owned by Mahatma.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

India: Then and Now…

Date: 05 July 2007.

Scene 1: Corporate office of some Multi National Corporation.

Mr. HR: Mr. CEO, we need some fresh minds coming out of graduation schools right away. This will help us getting the work done smoothly. We have too much of work load and deals to be carried out smoothly. So I want permission from you to recruit some more fresh minds.

Mr. CEO: Mr. HR, I can see the current condition. If you feel the need to recruit some more employees, I don’t see a point in denying the proposal. So I am happy to grant you the permission and I am happy to see the work going fine. Today the market condition is so stupendous that we will not have any problem recruiting some more fresh minds. So, go for it.

Mr. HR: Thank you sir.

Scene 2: Mr. Aaditya is a proud father of one son. He works with a big IT firm.

Son: Dad, I want PS3 gaming station. You have promised me to give that on this birthday. So , are going to keep your word???

Dad: Sure boy, Tomorrow I’ll get it for you. I remember the promise I have made to you. I have no problem in presenting that to you.

Son: Thank you dad, you are awesome. I love you dad.

Dad: I love you too son.

Scene 3: Mr. Ketan – working with a MNC.

Kirti (Ketan’s wife): Darling, we both have enough financial backing now. Don’t you think we should go for 4 BHK flat now? Plus I want a golden jewelery. You haven’t gifted me anything since past 4 months. And everything is going fine these days. Indian economy is rising like anything and there seems to be no problem.

Ketan: Sure darling, all your wishes will be granted sooner than you think. I will right away apply for housing loan, and I don’t see any problem in getting the loan passed within 7-9 days. And we will soon buy a flat of your dreams. And as far as your jewelery is concerned, we will go in market this evening only. Are you happy now???

Kirti: You are such sweetheart honey. I love you. 🙂

Scene 4: Party office of National political party “India Glitz”.

Party leader: Mr. Party Worker, this year spend as much money as you wish. Because this year, the taxes from Indian working class is on higher note. Plus we have so much of money to spend. Make this party branding and publicity the biggest ever. Don’t worry about money, we will flow the money like water.

Party Worker: OK sir. Don’t worry about the publicity and campaigning, we will make it a grand and successful campaign.

Scene 5: Production House of Cute Panda Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. CEO: Mr. Production Manager, roll out as many vehicles you can this year. Stretch the capacity to the fullest and make some modifications if needed. Because this year, there is tremendous boom in Indian Economy. People are earning like anything and our production will not go in vain. Because people have the capacity and eagerness to go for it.

Mr. Production Manager: OK sir. This is true that Indian Economy is booming. I will try and roll out as many vehicles as I can using fullest production capacities.

Scene 6:

Stupid common man’s home

Wife: Now as economy is going good. We are getting some benefits from it. So we can repay back the loans quite easily. Now our son can also have higher education, and our daughter’s marriage will not turn out to be a nightmare.

Husband: Yes. The situation is looking good. Lets pray to God that the situation remains same.

Scene 7: Poor slum-dwellers

Wife: Now we can invest in some domestic schemes and get some better money out of it. Returns have increased so we can get something from it.

Husband: Indeed. I am also thinking of investing in some scheme so that I can buy grocery for a whole month. And life will be fine.

Date: 05 July 2008

This is just one year from the previously mentioned date. The scenes that we have discussed above have taken new turns. See how the things have turned out.

Scene 1: Corporate office of MNC.

Mr. HR: Mr. CEO, how are we going to pay for the current employee base that our company is having? We don’t have that much funds, deals and outsourcing has reduced remarkably. So what solution you will suggest??? There seems no escaping from cost cutting.

Mr. CEO: Indeed Mr. HR. There is no escaping from cost cutting. Adding to what you are saying I will suggest you to reduce our employee base. This way we will reducing on our pay out liabilities. Additionally, cut back the payments to 60% directly and cut down on the stationary and all.

Scene 2: Mr. Aaditya, who works in big IT firm.

Son: Dad, I am into 10th standard now. I want a good mobile dad. My old one is almost dead.

Father: Sorry son. This month buying a new handset for you is not possible for me. I have so many liabilities. And plus I now get pretty less salary and running our house on that salary is looking like a circus these days. So I am extremely sorry. You will have to carry on with your old one for some days.

Scene 3: Mr. Ketan working with MNC.

Kirti: Ketan, what is this going on??? You had promised me to buy a 4 BHK flat and gold jewelery. What happened???

Ketan: Darling, try to understand. Now my salary is almost half. Thank god that our home is running fine and without any hassles. The loan I had taken for buying 4 BHK flat is now growing like a monster. The EMIs seem to be burgeoning like anything. I am unable to repay it even. Forget about the Gold jewelery for next one year. I am very sorry.

Scene 4: Production House Cute Panda Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. CEO: Mr. Production Manager. Stop the production of vehicles for next 2-3 months. We have so many vehicles lying in the stock that even if we don’ produce for next 3-4 months, our inventory and stock will not get over and cleared.

Mr. Production Manager: I agree with you sir. I will stop the production right away.

Scene 5: Stupid common man

Wife: Look, the sky has broken on us again. There looked a silver lining in the black sky in previous year. We were building so many sweet dreams and what has happened with us. The sky has broken on us. We don’t have money enough to run our house. After the EMI payment of our loan, we hardly have anything to live upon. How our lives will go on???

Husband: Calm down Mrs. Let us pray God and he will suggest some way out of this. What else can we do about this??? Rich people play with money and market. And who suffer for their ill-doings is we. But what else can we do??? Try and manage with this tiny amount only.

Scene 6: Poor slum-dwellers

Wife: Hey God. What wrong we have done? Why are you trying us? We were already living penurious lives, but somehow in the previous year, you showed some ray of hope. But now, everything has been snatched from our hands and destiny. And what are you doing sitting up there??? Just watching the massacre??? Help Lord, Help.

Husband: Don’t blame God dear. He hasn’t done any wrong. But the rich people and politicians are playing with out lives. God is also helpless. Let us go back and enjoy our penurious life again. That was the life we are destined to. We are not destined to get better returns fro anything. We are ignored people and will remain ignored.

Scene 7: Party Head office of National Party “Indian Glitz”

Party Leader: Mr. Party Worker. This year too like previous one, spend money like water, but don’t fail to make the campaign a grand and successful event. Don’t worry about money.

Party Worker: OK sir. Don’t you worry. I will not fail in my duty.

Looking at and going through various conversations and situations, what do you all feel??? Do you feel like being one of them and going through the same situation at some time or other??? This is INDIA: THEN AND NOW. But have you people noticed the difference in above conversation and situations?

In all situations except the Party Office one, the incidences have turned topsy-curvy. Once very happy families are feeling the heat of Financial Crisis. But only politicians are not affected by it. This year in 2009, the Election Budget is somewhere around Rs.100 Thousand Crore. Do you see and figure out how many zeros on 1??? This is really a very huge amount. How can Indian Government sustain amidst all these economic turmoils and grant so much of money to Election??? This huge amount can be used as “Bail-Out Package” effectively. This is very pathetic face of Indian Government and Politics. This needs to be changed. And what are you going to change this scene???

Disclaimer: The names and incidences discussed here are purely fictitious and is work of my mind. Any resemblance with live or dead is purely coincidental. If you find any resemblance of these incidences, blame it on Financial crisis, not me.