(EDITORIAL) Lord Wavell has long gone round certain quarters of the metropolis of Delhi but now not within the ‘incognito’ manner of Haroun Alrashid at night which he followed in his survey of the pavements of Calcutta. A pre-ordained tour of inspection by using authority in no way discloses real conditions in the raw. Nevertheless we are grateful that the new viceroy has fascinated himself within the uglier capabilities of the Imperial capital which name for early interest. The functions and the achievements of the Delhi Municipality need to be really understood if remedial measures are pondered. Tax, more tax and nonetheless greater tax is the order of the day and folks in authority are bent upon growing municipal taxation in Delhi…

There appears to be a sense among the officials that the occurrence of taxation in Delhi could be very light. Figures show in any other case but the feeling persists. Terminal tax on items besides foodstuffs, sugar and ghee has been multiplied; water price has been raised; residence tax doubled and the tax on motors enhanced. A sparkling tax on mutation of assets has been imposed … In 1931, the number of houses in Delhi was fifty seven,000. The whole in­­c­o­me from residence tax was Rs. 287,000.

published in sunrise, December 7th, 2018