Thursday, September 8, 2011

Indian black money in Swiss banks? Think again!

From time to time, the opposition party and other insignificant people raise a hue and cry about Indian black money stashed away in Swiss banks.
Then they say that the money has to be brought back from Switzerland, as if that is the panacea to all of India's problems. I mean, we can't even bring to task the terrorist organizations in our neighboring Pakistan, we have a bunch of Naxals and Maoists running rampant in our own country, and we want to bring back Swiss bank money!!

But you know what, Indian black money is in really safe hands, or rather, heads. Have a look at this:

This is the crown of the lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. It was donated by the corrupt Janardhana Reddy , who is currently languishing in jail for his involvement in a mining scam. Studded with diamonds and one giant emerald, it is reportedly worth 45 crores!!

The devotees of Balaji are now protesting to get the crown removed from the temple premises as it is 'tainted' by corruption.

I want to ask the devotees a few questions. Did they not already know that the Reddy brothers were corrupt? Janardhana Reddy has never received a college education and he has been involved in politics. Within a decade he has been able to amass enough wealth to donate a 45 crore ornament to the idol of Balaji. Do I need to say more?

Such money can come out of legitimate business only if you are Mark Zukerberg or some other computer genius. Obviously Reddy had aptitude in other areas than computers and clearly, the devotees are not fools to not see through this.

So why protest now? Let the money remain with Balaji. Imagine the amount of money that could be there on our temple idols across India! A lot of it could be black as well. Why look towards Switzerland when we have given our black money in divine hands for safekeeping?

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