Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kuldip Nayar is an idiot.

What is Kuldip Nayar smoking? When a former Indian High Commissioner to the UK and a former Rajya Sabha MP starts writing columns like this, I don't know what to say...

Here's a quote from his column that had my uncle swearing civil war yesterday.

Since Switzerland maintains secret bank accounts, it is not possible for any intelligence agency, however resourceful, to trace the money. The account holders will have to do it themselves provided they feel the pain which their nation is going through. I do not know how much money is hidden by the Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese or the Sri Lankans. But the estimate about Indians is around $1.5 trillion (Dh5.5 trillion). Indeed, the figure is mind-boggling.

In the 2006 report on black money in Swiss banks, the Swiss Banking Association has put the deposits of five top countries as: India, the highest, with $1.456 trillion, Russia $470 billion, Britain $390 billion, Ukraine $100 billion and China $96 billion. If India's deposits were to be distributed, 450 million people would get Rs100,000.

The figure is so mindboggling to think of here that I can't help question the source of this figure. I googled for about half an hour for any verifiable, authoritative source, and I got nothing except half-assed websites with zero reputation, most of whom were regurgitating the same crap that they probably read somewhere else.

2 comments:

RadhaKrishna said...

I agree, absolute bullshit. What nonsense!!!!!!!!!!

mepretentious said...

Am not adequately qualified to brand somebody as an Idiot or not.
But what I know is that when you are not even aware of how the government works, been working in past and intends to do so in future, you wont have a clue as to the authencity of such reports.

Am not sure of your credentials but I know the person who wrote this held an important office in foreign embassies for India, been an integral part of the Government [of course, like many others..] and if he says something, you cannot just brand the person an IDIOT, just because you dont understand the system.

Am not sure if you vote too, and if you do, if you try to know the past and present of the candidates, other than what you hear in the mish-mash of Brand Advertising and Blind following.

Am sure you do watch American movies, specially those Government Thrillers, where they show thousands of things going in White House kept secret from the public for various reasons.
This does not just happens in English movies, its a fact for any country, for no country is a Real Democracy!!