STRESS BLACK MONEY AND
DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR
The governments all over the world keep on giving statistics; on the basis of their parameters; about the crimes and black money in different countries. The self styled social reformers amongst us; also make shallow and populist slogans against the crimes and black money for pampering their own inflated ego as â€œleadersâ€?! But sadly; we do not go the roots of crimes and black money. As a result we the common people keep getting disturbed and develop guilt complex and sense of lowliness and/or helplessness. Should we not go to the roots of crimes and black money? Should we not stop getting bogged down by the smart and callous or the shallow and populist elements (inside and outside)? If we do not go to the roots; then we would never understand; why the crimes and black money proliferate in a given society; and provide solution. Let us understand that the degree of appropriateness of constitution and laws, determines the justice, peace and harmony in that nation. Similarly; the accuracy of government rules regarding the taxes; determine the compliance of people required to pay taxes. But not merely the taxes; but the manner of expenditure of the taxes collected; decide the extent to which people would feel happy to pay taxes honestly and timely.
There may be exceptions to this observation and some people may be extraordinarily honest and some extraordinarily dishonest. But that itself proves the point for the vast majority. The root of the black money is as follows: One of the major causes of black money is the bitterness and disgruntlement; amongst majority of the people that they are being unduly coercively, unjustifiably robbed of their legitimate and hard earned money. They feel that they are being deceived. This feeling grows because of the way the collected tax is misused and misappropriated. Naturally this is followed by manipulations to hide money and evade tax and if we cannot evade (salaried people); we try to earn unlawfully; and hide it. This money stamped as black money! Actually such black money is fairer than the money earned by; cheating, misguiding, swindling, stealing, exploiting, robbing, adulteration, extortion, bribing, and misappropriating tax money; and most importantly through making and twisting laws (or rules, statutes etc) to suit the vested interests; which is actually and really the darkest money! Actually; our higher self is suppressed and tortured by our lower self. Our higher self is governed by our lower self. Hence we in government or in free enterprises; are ruled and dictated; by
individualism, pettiness, superficiality, glamour, and glitter. We are overpowered by material pursuits (oblivious to the harm caused to others)! The shallow and populist slogans against corruption and black money; are understandable; but we should not get enamored by them and instead; ought to go to the root of the problem if we want to get rid of it! Thus; there is golden opportunity for us; to urgently and victoriously practice, teach, preach, sponsor and do whatever we can; to promote consolidation, and implementation of holistic perspective, policies, plans and programs; and conquer the dark rule of pettiness, superficiality, individualism, selfishness, corruption, crimes and the darkest money; outside and inside!