Too rushed for posting substantially here over the last few days, so this will have to suffice until I'm less tied up (someone cut thru these knots, please...). Two bits off the newswires:
First: News last Sunday that many people I met in Chennai remarked on: Relief cheques worth Rs 15 crore bounce.
Makes you feel good, doesn't it? Tsunami happens. People (including a Tamil film star) think, let me send in a cheque to the CM's Relief Fund and (hey, just by the way) get a 100% Section 80-G deduction on my taxes. Who cares that there isn't enough money in my account to cover the cheque? By the time that's found out, I will have got my deduction, I may have even basked in the applause for my generosity, and in any case, people will have tired of hearing about the tsunami.
Apparently authorities are wondering how they can prosecute such people. Apart from the obvious thing of pulling them up for claiming a false 80-G deduction, why doesn't the Government of TN simply publish a list of all the names?
Second: The Shiv Sena deposits Rs 20 lakh as a fine for calling a bandh in Bombay two years ago. The High Court ordered this payment, and the Sena went to the Supreme Court in appeal; but the Supreme Court has asked for the fine to be paid before they hear the appeal. The BJP has also been asked to pay the fine.
Of course, both parties claimed in the High Court that they had not organised the bandh and that it was a spontaneous reaction of the public against the Ghatkopar bomb blasts.
"Spontaneous". Right. You know, the Nazis used the same word about Kristallnacht.