On the first day of his latest agitation, Baba Ramdev stated that the Indian black money stashed abroad was to the tune of Rs 20,000 lakh crore and he made the audience repeat it a few times. Today on the last day of the agitation, the eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani stated that the Indian black money siphoned abroad was rupees six hundred crore crore and also repeated it many times.
The question is whose black money estimate figure is right?
In a matter of five days one Ram has increased the black money figure three times over the figure mentioned by theother Ram on day one. Baba's figure can be simplified to Rs 20,000 billion and the lawyers figure can similarly be simplified to Rs 60,000 billion. In terms of dollars it would be $364 bn vs $1,091 bn. India's foreign exchange reserves vary between $275 bn to $310 bn averaging to around $300 bn.
So whose figure is right and whose figure is wrong. What is their basis for these giant figures. What gives them the right to announce such diverse figures from the same platform. Why are they not disclosing their basis for arriving at these non matching figures.
Both of them have stated that when this money is brought back into the country, then every Indian is going to become overnight rich and there will be no tax burden on citizens for many decades. The Baba even declared the new price of Rs 200 per cooking gas cylinder.The poor followers cheered them, as they do in cinema halls when the hero single handedly bashes 20 villians. Dreams are being shown to them yet again, ironically this time by two Rams.
In reality, a great percentage of Indian black money is very much within the country itself. There is a parallel economy operating and all of us are very much aware of it. Any one who
Also the black money that has gone abroad ,has according to many knowledgable observers, already come back into the country ,as FDI in form of dollars, allegedly through many routes including from Mauritius. What is saved in the bargain is the 30-35% taxation in India and by parking these funds in dollars abroad for some time they earn more in rupee terms due to its ongoing devaluation,when brought back into the country. It is a win win situation for all concerned. The generators of black money, will not like to keep it idle for such long periods as to cumulatively add up to figures ranging between $364 bn to $ 1,091 bn. On the face of it, it looks unbelievable.
But the Baba has succeeded in kindling the desire in the masses of perhaps being able to enjoy a rich man's life when all the claimed black money is brought back and distributed to them, by hold your breath, the very political class which in first place could not stop it from going abroad.
In dreams black is white and in reality the white is black. The Baba is focussed on some other target while aiming at black money. Even the famous lawyer has fallen to the bait perhaps willingly to settle some old scores. Indeed both are putting black money into good use for a change.