But “religiously indoctrinate a man, and
he will starve praying for fish.” Such a man is easy to control. To rule over.
He will be pleased with you because you “gave his life purpose”. And he will be
meek – too concerned about invisible beings and past lives to actively channel
his energies to better his present one.
And that is precisely why this subsidy
has been in place, even 7 decades after Independence. Doing away with it would
have been a “political suicide” move for any party. The current NDA government
enjoys a majority mandate unseen for multiple previous tenures.
While the subsidy amount is small (INR 700 Cr approx.), it is
nonetheless discriminating and anachronistic. The plan to instead use it for
the education of Muslim girl child is laudable, although you can’t help but see
a remnant of the appeasement politics here too. I mean, why else would you
discriminate between Muslim and non-Muslim girls?
The current government should continue to dissociate state and
religion. The taxpayer money shouldn’t be spent on religious fantasies and
HAJJ SUBSIDY…Myth and Reality:
Due to the issue of THE HAJJ SUBSIDY people from various
religions and sects in India have been embarrassing and humiliating Muslims.
IN REALITY IS IT REALLY GIVEN TO THE HAJI’S??
COME LET US CALCULATE.
CALCULATION OF THE HAJJ SUBSIDY
As of now the quota for Indian haji’s to travel to cities of
Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia for the HAJJ PILGRIMAGE is one Lac Thirty-Six
Thousand (1.36 lacs) HAJI”S.
Last year in the annual budget the government sanctioned Rs.691
Crores as Hajj subsidy.
Rs.691 crores ÷ 1.36 lacs Haji’s
= Rs. 50,808/-.
Means for one Haji the
subsidy is Rs. 50,000/-.
? LETS SUM UP THE EXPENDITURE ?
For Hajj one haji needs to pay Rs. One Lac Eighty Thousand
(Rs.1,80,000/-) to the government.
From which Rupees Thirty-Four Thousand (Rs. 34,000/-)
approximately SAR 2,100/- (Saudi Arabian Riyals) are given back to the Haji
after reaching Makkah.
Rs.1.86 lacs – Rs. 34,000/- = Rs.1.46 lacs.
Means eventually we pay Rupees One Lac Forty-Six
Thousand(Rs.1,46,000/-) to our government.
Mumbai to Jeddah return tickets if booked 2 months in advance,
then would cost less than Rs. 25,000/, but still let’s consider Rs. 25,000/-.
(This can be cross checked on irctc).
Food, taxi or bus expenses are to be borne by hajis from their
Calculation of the
expenditure from the amount Rs.1,46,000/- paid to the government:
STAY IN MECCA(25 DAYS) =50,000
STAY IN MADINA(15 DAYS) =20,000
OTHER EXPENSES =25,000
TOTAL EXPENSES =1,20,000
Means amount taken from one Haji is Rs.1,46,000/- but total
expenses are of Rs.1,20,000/-.
Means one haji gives Rs. 26,000/- to the government from his own pocket.
Now the real matter is when a haji bears all the expenses from
his own pocket and on top of that additional Rs. 26,000/- goes to government.
Meaning approximately from one haji including the subsidy, the
government gets total Rs. 76,000/- but where does this amount go???
Rs. 26,000/- + Rs. 50,000/- × 1,36,000 Haji’s =
A whopping ONE THOUSAND THIRTY-THREE CRORES AND SIXTY LACS.