Friday, 29 July 2011

DIVERSION

The Indian Identity Crisis

If the proof of the pudding is in the eating, then the proof of existence of every law-abiding Indian citizen is in his or her Birth Certificate, Ration Card (public distribution system), Passport, Driving Licence, Bank Passbook, Provident Fund Account, Voter Card, Form 16 (income certficate), PAN Card (income tax permanent account number), IT Return, Know Your Customer (compliance for mutual fund), and now Unique Identification Card (national identity card). A dozen ways Government of India ensures we lead an uncomplicated, stress-free and ulcer-preventive life. Not satisfied, it insists on one more, the Death Certificate, to ensure we exist even when we are no longer around! In the interim there will be many more. Brave it out, folks!

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