A lot of talk on ‘Gandhian principle of social trusteeship’ by the govt. In 1965, then PM Shastriji appealed to people to ‘miss a meal once a week’ to combat famine. Thousands of families responded. Some kept it up for a lifetime. Voluntarily. That is social trusteeship.
In 2015, @narendramodi appealed people to ‘give up gas subsidy’ to fund the #Ujjwala scheme. In just one year, more than 10 million people had voluntarily given up the subsidy, including me. That is ‘social trusteeship’. It is voluntary.
Social trusteeship is NOT forcing corporates to give up profits as CSR and threatening them with jail if they don’t do so, AFTER paying taxes. Social trusteeship is NOT increasing taxes on top income group n then mocking them by saying it is 4 ‘better income distribution’
Making people feel guilty for creating wealth ethically may get you votes 4 now, but it will be disastrous for the country in the long run. Remember #Venezuela, anyone? People of India are large-hearted enough, if the govt asked for voluntary contributions for specific causes.
Sadly, @narendramodi govt is coming out w the same ‘maay-baap sarkar’ trope that the @INCIndia offered for 70 years. Hard to believe this is a govt headed by the same man who sent a SMS to @RNTata2000 saying ‘welcome to Gujarat’ n gave all clearances for his factory in 3 days!
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