Gabbar Singh Tax or Good and Simple Tax: What’s your full form of GST?
New Delhi, Oct 24: Oh, Indians truly love to quiz each other to test the other person's IQ (Intelligence Quotient) level.
Talking about IQ level, how could we not mention a popular television spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who recently announced that Indian film stars have "low IQ".
Anyway, from films, let us talk about the country's economy. And when it comes to economy we Indians have in recent times beautifully embraced both the controversial demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) into our lives.
Now, when it comes to the GST, since it was rolled out in July at a grand event in Parliament by Prime Narendra Modi, we all have our own take on it while expanding India's current favourite acronym.
Immediately after the GST was launched, PM Modi called it "Good and Simple Tax" to stress on the fact that how the latest tax regime is easy for all to adopt. But what we witnessed was something totally different.
The complex GST has created a lot of confusion in the minds of not only the aam aadmi (the commoners not so adapt with audits and tax slabs), but also experts, traders and government officials, leading to massive loss in the economy.
On Monday, the GST re-entered our lives, this time in the incarnation of Bollywood's dreaded villain Gabbar Singh from the all-time classic, Sholay. Taking a dig at the Modi government regarding the 'faulty tax regime' that is destroying small businessmen and industries in the country, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi dubbed the GST as "BJP's Gabbar Singh Tax" at a public meeting in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
"The government ignored all our suggestions on the GST and introduced it with celebrations at midnight. In their GST, there is the highest 28 per cent tax and three return forms that makes the GST Gabbar Singh Tax," Rahul said.
Demonetisation and GST together have ruined the economy, the Congress VP alleged. "With one stroke of demonetisation, Modiji ruined the economy but he did not stop there. He went ahead with the GST, which has derailed the small businessmen and industries," Rahul said.
Now, by bringing "Gabbar Singh" into the whole GST debate, Rahul literally touched the raw nerve of the already weary people, especially those who are active on social media.
Thus on Monday, the hashtag--#GabbarSinghTax--trended on Twitter and everyone was seen cracking a joke or two at the expense of the messy tax regime of the Modi government.
The twitter handle, @RealHistoryPic, threw the question, "What's your full form of GST?" that elicited tremendous response.
Here we bring you some of the responses to the question:
What’s your full form of GST?— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) October 23, 2017
Greatly Screwed-up Tax— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 23, 2017
Gayi Sarkar Tumhari— Rachit Seth (@rachitseth) October 23, 2017
Go Sell Tea— Uday Menon (@Uday47) October 23, 2017
Godse Savarkar Tax— Tempest (@ColdCigar) October 23, 2017
Now, it's your turn to define the GST in your own unique style.