New Delhi: Coming down heavily on professors at the Banaras Hindu University or BHU who framed questions linking India's new national tax GST and
globalization to ancient Indian history and mythology, Kerala Finance Minister Dr TM Thomas Isaac said we should start thinking about 'Koop Mandook
Acharya Degrees'. Koop Mandook refers to the proverbial 'frog in the well', where frogs dwelling in the well, who are unaware of the world outside.
Recently, Master's degree students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) were perplexed after questions on 'GST (Goods and Services Tax) in Kautilya's
Arthashastra (economics)' and 'Manu on globalisation' appeared in the political science examination on December 4.
The students were asked to choose between writing 'an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya's Arthashastra' and Manu, the progenitor of humanity in
Hindu mythology, as the 'first Indian thinker of globalisation'. Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, was an ancient Indian philosopher and advisor to ruler
Chandragupta Maurya who lived in 4th century BC.
'Will you be generous to help me? I am keen to compose an essay scoring 15 marks on GST concepts envisaged in Arthashastrha. Unfortunately I am utterly
ignorant on it,' Mr. Isaac who was a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram wrote in a sarcastic Facebook post on December 7.