Public loot since 1947: Let us bring back our moneyt

Date: 18 May 2011


Subject: [rti-times] Indian Black Money in Swiss Banks \\\\\\\\ Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 06:25:03 -0700 (PDT)\\\\\\\\ Black Money In Swiss Bank \\\\\\\\\ KAMAL SHARMA wrote:\\\\\\\\\ Swiss Banking Association report 2006\\\\\\\\\\ by Naman Sood on Apr 15, 2008 01:44 PM \\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Deposits in Banks located in the territory of Switzerland by nationals of following countries Top 5\\\\\ India---- $1456 billion Russia----- $470 billion UK-------- $390 billion Ukraine $100 billion China------ $96 billion \\\\\\\\\\\\ Now do the math India with $1456 billion or $1.4 trillion has more money in Swiss banks than rest of the world COMBINED.\\\\\\\\\\\\ Public loot since 1947: Let us bring back our moneyt \\\\\\\\\ M R Venkatesh | April 15, 2008 | 09:34 IST\\\\\\\\\ It is one of the biggest loots witnessed by mankind -- the loot of the aam aadmi (common man) since 1947 by his brethren occupying public office.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ It has been orchestrated by politicians, bureaucrats and some businessmen. The list is almost all-encompassing. No wonder, everyone in India loots with impunity and without any fear. What is even more depressing in that this ill-gotten wealth of ours has been stashed away abroad into secret bank accounts located in some of the world's best known tax havens. And to that extent the Indian economy has been striped of its wealth.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Ordinary Indians may not be exactly aware of how such secret accounts operate and what are the rules and regulations that go on to govern such tax havens. However, one may well be aware of 'Swiss bank accounts,' the shorthand for murky dealings, secrecy and of course pilferage from developing countries into rich developed ones.\\\\\\\\\\\\\ In fact, some finance experts and economists believe tax havens to be a conspiracy of the western world against the poor countries. By allowing the proliferation of tax havens in the twentieth century, the western world explicitly encourages the movement of scarce capital from the developing countries to the rich.\\\\\\\\\ In March 2005, the Tax Justice Network (TJN) published a research finding demonstrating that $11.5 trillion of personal wealth was held offshore by rich individuals across the globe. The findings estimated that a large proportion of this wealth was managed from some 70 tax havens. Further, augmenting these studies of TJN, Raymond Baker -- in his widely celebrated book titled Capitalism's Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free Market System -- estimates that at least $5 trillion have been shifted out of poorer countries to the West since the mid-1970s. It is further estimated by experts that one per cent of the world's population holds more than 57 per cent of total global wealth, routing it invariably through these tax havens. How much of this is from India is anybody's guess.\\\\\\\\ What is to be noted here is that most of the wealth of Indians parked in these tax havens is illegitimate money acquired through corrupt means. Naturally the secrecy associated with the bank accounts in such places is central to the issue, not their low tax rates as the term 'tax havens' suggests. Remember Bofors and how India could not trace the ultimate beneficiary of those transactions because of the secrecy associated with these bank accounts? 000000000