For PM Modi, the poor have no morality!

Clearly, the poor have no morality, if we go by PM Modi’s Robinhood-style address to the nation.

Written by Anuradha Varma | Updated: December 5, 2016 6:13 pm
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The theatre of the absurd continued with the Prime Minister telling India’s poor, whose accounts were flush with the ill-gotten gains of the rich, to make the rich beg to get their money back. Clearly, the poor have no morality, if we go by PM Modi’s Robinhood-style address to the nation. The politics of it and the obvious appeasement of a votebank aside, the message it sends out is that new India values greed over character. The new response to the iconic “Mere paas gaadi hai, bangla hai… tumhare paas kya hai? (I have a car, bungalow…what do you have?)” would today be, “Mere paas tumhara black money hai (I have your black money)”.

Money comes with muscle and writing the PM a letter will not help if the goons come calling to collect! Earlier, his legacy as a former chai-wallah showed how good, old-fashioned, boring hard work can inspire success. That seems to be replaced by finding a rich man (or woman) and taking some of his or her money. For the millions of India’s poor, who have braved loss in wages to support demonetisation in the hope of seeing India change, it’s also downright insulting.

In a capitalist, free economy, Startup India has shown that the right idea is your ticket to success and possibly becoming a millionaire. It’s about following your dreams and not about the moolah. A couple of months ago, auto-rickshaw driver Manilal Gohil used his savings to buy a rifle for his daughter, a national-level shooter. US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraced her legacy as the daughter of a woman who once earned $3 a week as housekeeper. The homegrown brand Nirma started in the backyard of founder Karsanbhai Patel, who sold it door to door in the initial period. Google Jyothi Reddy and words “labourer to CEO” pop up.

I remember losing my wallet at New Delhi Railway Station and being left with no money to pay the coolie. Rajesh, the coolie, offered me cash since I would need it on the way. When I called my father to tell him, he remarked, “Sharafat (integrity) doesn’t only belong to those with money.” It’s this “sharafat” that is our legacy and, hopefully, soap opera style speeches are not going to put a dent in that.

To end with another iconic Bachchan dialogue from Deewar, “Main aaj bhi pheke hue paise nahin uthata (I don’t pick up money that’s thrown at me)”… and neither should India’s poor. 

 (The writer is an editorial consultant and co-founder of The Goodwill Project. She tweets @anuvee)

 

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    Avinash Kumar
    Dec 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm
    How stupid you are....my mind is with you but heart feels the difference....just write something which is for poors. You only expressed your feelings through heard stories. But their is a man in India who has actually gone through it. Don't try too fake just be yourself...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thankslt;br/gt;Citizen of great India,lt;br/gt;Avinash Kumar Singhlt;br/gt;9852398598
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      Kishan Bhatt
      Dec 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm
      That's totally rubbish. lt;br/gt;People don't commit crime because they lack morality but sometimes it is because they are forced to. I have people being forced to deposit money into their account, it has happened. I do not agree with your opinion.
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        Glal
        Dec 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm
        IE is misreported by varma.Varma is trying to misguide the poor and pm through indian express.
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          H
          Dec 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm
          Black money .. morality...what are you saying...yes its poor people's money and they are getting it back..
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            Parveen
            Dec 6, 2016 at 2:51 am
            No doubt why people call indian express anti indian.
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              John
              Dec 6, 2016 at 6:36 am
              Actually the people who voted for BJP an Modi. was not for India's progress, but for Hindu Raj. They won't care about any thing as long as BJP remain in power.
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                Junu
                Dec 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm
                How you so called intellectual people twist and turn words . Sorry missy others are smart enough to see your crooked mind . It looks like you're not above the common people. Since you don't like Modiji anything he does is bad for the country. Open your eyes and ears and look at the other side of the river.
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                  MyTake
                  Dec 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm
                  Gongotri of corruption making the talk!
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                    MyTake
                    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:38 pm
                    of course. What is wrong with that?
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                      Ds
                      Dec 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm
                      And , a bit correction in your comments. lt;br/gt;In India, Sharafat only belongs to those who don't have power.
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                        Ds
                        Dec 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm
                        Your english is good but don't know about your morality. As a media person you comments could have been more better and a bit unbiased.
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                          MyTake
                          Dec 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm
                          What kind of morality is that which helps thieves to get away? You look like a Nehruvian priest still preaching morality! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;At the very least, there has to be some self imposed limit to one's expectation as far as stealing public ets is concerned (because of missing morality lessons in school days in the first place) by the "Ma Bap" of the people! One way of getting praoyschitta done is to encourage depositing of money but not allowing to take it away. Rather spend it in the welfare of those in whose name the money is "seen" to be. Even legal position will say so, giving the benefit of the doubt to the chasy of all the "Ma Bap" players!
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                            Myrake
                            Dec 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm
                            Colonial morality is being preached by ANURADHA VARMA in "independent" India!! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are many kinds of moralities like feudal morality, socialist morality, religious morality (which again is of many bs) and this is obviously one of the subset of the subset of the ....!
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                              Ram
                              Dec 5, 2016 at 10:02 pm
                              How much black money did your so called goodwill project loose.a topical rant of someone who has lost a lot, trying to take refuge of teaching the poor what they are not. I happy you have lost so much black money.your pain is so apparent .I lived reading it the second time.
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                                Ram
                                Dec 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm
                                Useless junk . No reasoning, no ethics.I believe this is already the second such article by this author .
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                                  Ranga
                                  Dec 6, 2016 at 4:36 am
                                  Hamara PM Kaisa Ho. Bilkul Mamata Jaisa Ho. Mamata for Next PM. Demonetisation Kills.
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                                    Ranga
                                    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:39 am
                                    Is Baar Mamata Sarkar. Ambani, Gidkari, Reddy, and all BJP men spending lavishly while Demonetisation killing every one else.
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                                      Sachin
                                      Dec 5, 2016 at 9:13 pm
                                      Standard of Indian Express is going down day by day.. It seems u have sold off ur brain ,,
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                                        Sameer
                                        Dec 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                                        Chor machaye shorlt;br/gt;Har har money.. Mitron
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                                          sandip
                                          Dec 6, 2016 at 6:49 am
                                          poor or rich, if the person has morality, he wouldn't had deposited somebody else's back money into his own account .
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                                            Vedic_Citizen
                                            Dec 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                                            This reporter would even interpret saying "black money" is racial and should use "illegal money" instead.
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