Abolish symbols of medievalism

When the British came, India’s literacy rate was in a single digit percentage. Land records were not properly kept. So they introduced stamp paper as a document that was both evidence in terms of payment fees and an alert to the illiterate person that thumb impression on this document was not be affixed lightly. Similar arguments were advanced in favour of instituting notary public, oath commissioner, company seal, affidavit, etc.

None of the arguments makes sense today. Illiteracy among property owners is close to nil, advent of computers has rendered seals useless, fee can be paid electronically, documents can be sworn before an advocate, and so on. The only two reasons these exist are: one, nobody wants to touch the status quo, and two, these are being seen as employment generating tools.

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