From an Indian in UK.

This is from a whatsapp message. My view is like the message sender. In brief, he has supported Modi’s  economic policy. I also support as there is no better option around . But he has made himself unpopular by the existing religious polarization, which has become acute during his tenure, for this it may be due to his followers who cannot be controlled, they are doing the real disaster taking away credit from his otherwise good work on core sector reform. We must remember total Indian sub continent–India, Pakistan and Bangladesh ie previous one-India before 1947, made up of a disparate group formed from people coming from varieties of characteristics but they are yet  one homogeneous group accustomed to live in harmony with opposites, for ages .  To be stable and prosperous , here countries can not have any state sponsored religion/ or have religion of the state. For example, take the country Pakistan formed for Muslims alone, never were stable, and never will be stable. Listen to the Pakistani TV debate by intellectuals– no less  brainy than hours, fiercely condemn Pakistani Govt, Mullahs and Army for its failures, calling it a failed state. Often they praise India’s secularism. Bangladesh, presently an Islamic country, propose to become secular. India, with 70 years of secularism must not fritter away the advantage. Thus Modiji must work hard to win over every religion, and create confidence in the minds of all that they are no less than any body. OTHERWISE, THE HARD WORK HE IS DOING FOR THE PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY, WILL REMAIN A PIPE DREAM!!!!!!!!. Unity of its people is an essential ingredient for all-out prosperity of a country.


My salary in UK is 61000 pounds per annum without tax. ( 61,000/ x 80= INR 48,80,000 ).

*I pay 40% tax on my salary.* 48,80,000-19,52,000 = INR 29,28,000 balance.

Then 700 pounds per month as house rent, 140 pounds per month as council tax, about 100 pounds for gas and electricity per month. 500 pounds as water bill per annum. About 1000 pounds per annum car insurance and 250 pounds road tax per annum ( you cant drive car in UK without insurance and road tax). Total comes to 18,570 x 80 = INR 15,85,000.

29,29,000 – 15,85,000= INR 13,44’000.


Some bills like gas and electricity depend on usage but have to be paid.

*Add to these all daily living expenses like food, petrol, mobile, wifi, etc., etc. And all these are much more expensive than in India.*

*That’s why UK is developed, roads are good and clean, govt schools are best, with 24 hours electricity and water. I am telling just basic things. Forget about advanced and complex things (like tax on property, capital gain tax on selling a property, etc., etc).*

Remember, *UK is a net importer of food, clothes, things of daily life, petrol and petroleum products.*

Size of UK is about the size of the state of Uttar Pradesh and 1/3 of its population.

*Coming to India:*

*It is a huge country with rich resources. We don’t import food and clothes.*

*Just 3.75 crore people out of 130 crore pay income tax. That is just 2.9 percent. And most of these are salaried employees who can’t hide their income.*

*All 130 crore citizens want cheap electricity, water, good govt schools, best roads and highways and superfast trains.*

*Just sit and think for a minute. How many times have a local grocery shop / milk booth / sweets shop / garments shop / mobile and computer repair shop / have given you any bill??*

Look at all those businessmen around you who are earning more than an average salaried person.

*And now think of businessmen sitting in areas like Karol Bagh, Chawari Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar and all other trading hubs of Delhi or Zaveri Bazaar, Hindmata market etc., etc. of Mumbai or any other market of any other Indian city. You will never get a bill in these markets.*

At least not an invoice. How many get a bill / invoice on buying or selling property?

*But all of them want good roads, 24 hours electricity and water supply. They want good school and will abuse govt for poor govt school.*

*They will blame the govt for traffic jams, filthy roads.*

*And when they go out they will abuse govt for poor railways and airports.*

Now, *when our govt. has introduced a system (GST) to prevent tax evasion all these are the ones who are raising hue and cry. These are the people who are sharing and liking everything on FB which is against the present govt.*

*I am not pro-present govt. But, I am against this hypocrisy.*

This is democracy.

So all these tax evaders and opposition leaders and pseudo-intellectuals have their own right to oppose govt.

But then *don’t abuse the system or govt when you don’t get electricity or when your garbage is not picked or when you are struck in traffic jam or when Indian Military doesn’t get its much needed sophisticated arms.*

DON’T say Europe mein highways BEST hain.

*First pay here and then demand.*

*Forward if you feel this message is right!*

Author: Your useful Books.

An online seller of books. Lives in Mumbai and Kolkata.