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Going by classic tenets of Charles Darwin, survival of the fittest happens to be the touchstone, to guide us through the hectic journey called life.
Money can aptly be described as the one cudgel that will make things easier for us. Gone are the days of barter system, where negotiations or favors were the fad, these days minting money is in vogue.
With paradigm change in demographics and skewed availability of natural resources, the value for money is at all time high. The glaring features of modern era like globalization, liberalization and private property has made the bull race more ferocious.
So the fact comes out vividly, Money is important.
Through corridors of time, the urge to mint more, has assumed draconian proportions. Corruption, bribery, extortion, tax evading are order of the day. This parched tendency to acquire more is an all encompassing feature that cuts across nations, continents and cultures.
It is that parasitic phenomena that runs through the economy and cripples its foundation.
Today, the dichotomy between the rich and poor has widened. Money and resources are concentrated in few hands.
The question to be answered is, how is it possible that in a country which pledges to usher in an egalitarian society, can afford to sustain such huge polarization of wealth?
How is it that, the income of the elite grows multiple times whereas the income of poor is almost stagnant or ostensibly has dipped.
This is only possible if the laws are mended in the favor of few, if the taxes are in their favor and if the state apparatus is supposedly over amicable to them. This syndrome to acquire more capital has direct repercussions on the life of poor. Given the fact, easy earn quick money, often plunges the individual to an array of evil deeds.
The stern desire to earn more can be related to the concept of westernization and sanskritization which was professed by sociologist M.N Srinivas where he drew the conjugal desire, of the top class people of third world to ape the west, and the lower class to follow the footsteps of upper class.
When the lower class aspires to attain the same wealth in a small span, it often takes to the wrong mean. This is pretty much evident with the intensity of crimes in the third world and developing countries.
Many eighteen century writers have portrayed this paradox of the European society, when it was going through industrialization. But then, to afford a decent living, one has to dip into the sacred waters. Hence its imperative to realize that money earned the right way will be a good servant else it will be a bad master.
- Siddharth Prakash