Varanasi. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has announced today at a rally that if voted to power, AAP will introduce an Inkpal bill that will have provisions to ban manufacture, sale, and possession of all kinds of ink and fountain pens. This comes in the wake of a sharp upswing in the number of incidents involving ink throwing at politicians.
The move has been supported by all political parties and thus, the Inkpal bill is expected to be passed easily in the Parliament. As per the Inkpal bill, possession of ink of any color will be punishable under POTA as well as under section 302 of the IPC.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who has always been on the hit list of ink throwing wannabe patriots, has demanded that the fountain pen be classified under ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ and that all leading corrupt nations should come forward and sign a treaty ratifying this.
“Ink throwing is a black mark on Indian democracy, and Rahul Baba always hated ink, pens anyway,” muttered the Congress leader before putting on his helmet back to avoid being inked.
AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha too has voiced her support saying she was anguished at the very thought of someone smudging her precious silk sarees with black ink.
The RSS has however opposed this move, saying that an exception should be made for Saffron ink. Similar views have been echoed by the IUML which said that the proposal to ban Green colored ink was a conspiracy against the minority community by Narendra Modi. Noticeably, right wing leader Pramod Mutalik has maintained a studied silence on this issue.
However, economists have cautioned against any hasty moves to ban ink as it could have major ramifications on the economy.
“With so many corrupt and irritating politicians around, many small scale ink factories have come up to fulfill the demand for black ink, they will have nowhere to go if the Inkpal bill becomes a reality,” said leading economist Swami S Inklesariya Iyer.
Economists have further warned that such a move could also affect bilateral trade relations with our neighbors. Pakistan, which is a major manufacturer and supplier of counterfeit ink, has threatened to take this issue to the WTO, UN, and the UNHRC.
Rubber Stamp Dealers Association (RSDA) secretary Manhoman Singh too lamented the move and pointed out that it will lead to loss of jobs. “How do they expect good quality rubber stamps without any ink?” he asked in agony.
The Indian Dental Association has vowed to protest against the proposed Inkpal bill, tooth and nail. Our sources say that dentists around India were making a killing with so many politicians with black ink stains turning up for a flossing and cleaning session. Although with most of India’s politicians being over 85 and having lost their dentures long ago, this argument doesn’t hold much water.
Mimes View – If this bill passes muster, this nation would have inked a new future for itself and stained politicians will be a thing of the past.