Unless one is Hendrick Hertzberg, one cannot make a reasonable case for the raison d’être of government being “doing something” as opposed to “prevent the worst thing being done”. Political discourse at all levels, one could argue, is some variation of this dichotomy.
Independent India achieved that equilibrium by virtue of government inefficiency. The middle classes outside television studios get that instantly and rarely question it. Which is why, those within discuss Tharoor instead of wondering how their tax returns will be on my hands soon. This only gets uglier,
Mr. Gandhi rejected the grounds cited by them, arguing that the claim to privacy was not a universal right applicable to all humans in all circumstances. The Right to Information had been codified, and in a conflict between privacy claims and the Right to Information, the latter must prevail. He held that filing tax returns was a statutory obligation and must be treated as a public activity open to scrutiny. As a tax assessee had already provided information to the state as part of his or her legal duties, its disclosure to “another person cannot be construed as an unwarranted invasion of privacy of the individual.”
Spartacus never had these many people. Be prepared and stock up on K-Y Jelly, dear boys and girls.