Stanly Johny is Deputy Editor with The Hindu. This comment is taken from his facebook post.

Stanly Johny

Mohandas Pai writes in NDTV, ‘Dear JNU Students, We Fund Your Studies, Not Your Politics’. It echoes in many voices, including that of a Malayalam film-maker, who suddenly started worrying about tax-payers’ money going to fund JNU (and other universities).

Who’s this ‘WE’ here? Do you guys have any idea how much money the government is gifting the corporations in tax exemptions? Will you ever have the spine to speak of it? Will you ever get indigent over corporations trying to circumvent existing laws to save tax by conducting business transactions overseas? What about the billions of rupees lent to big companies and written off as bad debts (mostly by public sector banks)? Any word on it? What about sector-specific incentives provided to industry? Never bothered about tax-payers’ money, did you?

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And, what on earth do you guys think about higher education? You think the government is funding the education institutions out of charity? You think the kids in such institutions are remote-controlled robots, who can’t think independently and can’t have their political positions? Or do you think they are your slaves because you pay taxes to the government? Do you have any sense of what social science is? Any understanding of what an educated youth will play in nation-building?

And, don’t monopolise your position on behalf of the entire tax-payers of this country. I am a tax-paying citizen as well. I would rather prefer the government spending the money it collects from me and my fellow-citizens on high-quality education and healthcare, like any modern, progressive state, rather than doling out incentives to a bunch of capitalists.

And finally, Mr. Pai is the Chairman of Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd, a private provider of higher education services in India as well as abroad. His problem with JNU is understandable. I am a son of a coolie, who lost his father at the age of 15. Sans institutions such as MGU (Kerala) and JNU, I wouldn’t even have an MA, let alone a PhD. My anger over these ridiculous attack on the country’s premier educational institution is also understandable, isn’t it? ‪#‎IAmATaxPayerToo‬

5 replies to “I AM A TAX-PAYER, TOO

  1. Poor Mr. Pai! He wants all tax-payer money to train cyber coolies for his company to make more money for the ‘nation’, his tax come from profits made by employing cyber coolies – it is a vicious cycle! He doesn’t realize that parents of JNU students are also tax-payers, and they may not want their children to be just cyber-coolies. He reminds me of his land-lord ancestors who employed bonded laborers on farms – they didn’t want them schooled because farming didn’t require schooling, but Pai’s cyber-coolies need to be taught programming, but dare you teach them free-thinking.

  2. There is a eloquent underlying current created by thes gentlemen who often condemns political unions in college or Universities. In one word, they protest in everyway they can, to alienate education from politics. They are always vocal against politicization of education..& these are the people who hardly protests against criminalization of politics. They won’t enquire when millions of tax payers’ money are lost during scam. These elements are more anti-national than anyone. Even more, hypocrites.

  3. Education and politics are not separate, both are should travel together. Then only the country will get good leaders. Otherwise goons are become as a political leader like what is happening in India. They suppress the ideology which does not understand by them and beat the people who tries to make them to understand.

  4. Well said, when the very institutions which are there to encourage debate and discussions aamong future citizens are smothered then u face a chaotic future. As an aside why are jingoistic and opportunists like arnab goswami allowed so much sway? His cacophony is an embarrassment to journalism

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