– Salil Gewali, Shillong
It may not take long for one to understand that money could be the root of all evil. But it certainly takes his/her sustained effort to come out of its evil effect. Well, the excessive greed to stockpile the riches has often blinded the eyes of the intelligence of many and thus prompted them to do what they should not do at all. Trading the soul for a wad of cash has become too commonplace in this modern times.
Is it not too weird that people keep hoarding the black money which they never could use — even .001 % of the total, in their lifetime? But, the very efforts and tricks in amassing it only contribute to corrupt their minds, corrupt their family and finally corrupt their nation.
Going by the reports, unlike other small denominations, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 banknotes were not just kissed and stashed away but also duplicated and discreetly used for whole lots of illegal and anti-nation activities. Indeed, hoarding the black money and so on have immeasurably affected the country’s economy. We have an endless list of scams that have virtually slowed down the developmental plans and missions in the country. An abysmally big gap between the rich and the poor!
Yes, it finally took the boldness of PM Modi, a poor chaiwala from Vadnagar of Gujarat, to pronounce this epoch-making decision to ban these two giant banknotes. The clear-headed public, leaders, economists et al are well convinced that this masterstroke by PM Modi is effectively capable to weed out the corruption from the country. But these white truths are now being smothered by the blanket of black lies. Many opposition leaders are scrambling to misinterpret that the demonetizing currencies is an ill-conceived move by the present government which leads to more chaos in the society. Why can’t these leaders understand that in order to treat a chronic illness we need to bear some pain initially? A diseased person is required to do a series of tests, maybe major surgeries even. After only following the prescribed medical steps one can expect that his chronic malady will be cured and he will become healthy. Therefore, the demonetizing the bigger banknotes is sensibly deemed as one of the remedies to treat the country afflicted with the money hoarding syndrome.
What is too unfortunate is that the previous successive governments, instead of addressing this issue, only contributed to aggravate the situation by even being the party to this evil jamboree. No wonder, many of the business tycoons and leaders have chosen to treasure up their fortunes in the banks of the foreign countries. They found the country’s banks not strong enough to safeguard their loots. Does it not look as if they all have to be monetarily well-armed before they take off from this mortal world? For them they are never the virtues and the impressions of the good deeds on this Earth that go along with them. It is only the truckload of booty that can help them buy their tickets for salvation into heaven, lol!