By Ananya S. Guha
Now after seeing red, we are witness to black. Black everywhere, in ques, lines, shops and markets. We have been blackened, so the change is on. Black to white is the mantra. Then the change.To banks for white, to the shops, to the banks who refuse to do anything else, excepting chanting the white or black mantra. Even my normally white face is changing to black.
Then money stashed away in houses is black. Earlier it was pure, as pure as gold. Oh gold, talking about gold, there is also the conversion from black to gold! But gold after a certain limit is also black. Black times have come, but we are determined to change all this into pure pure, unsullied, white.
So,why did it happen? It was a silent revolution. You see all these years the people of our country were color blind. They could not distinguish between black and white. So they had black holes, doors, corridors, rooms in their houses thinking that these were ideal places to stash money. No one would know, and they could continue praying to God thanking Him for all his blessings. After all, a few crores of rupees make a lot of difference. You can buy a few houses, sell them off and so on. You can make foreign visits and of course you can buy that unalloyed thing called Gold. It almost sounds like a fairy tale, doesn’t it a house of pure gold? Then, of course their children won’t have to study, they can do business in gold, enter politics. Black is so symbolic, that it can saddle you firmly anywhere, till of course the Income Tax departments are looking the other way. So our country now is color splashed:black, white, and red. And some people thanks to income tax raids are red faced.
In the midst of this silent revolution, people are weeping,shouting and sadly enough dying. Because some unscrupulous people are not accepting black. They want only white they say. So they will give you four hundred white for five hundred black. But our people have such a fervor for white, that they greedily accept it without fuss. So we are on a white campaign, irrespective of caste,community or religion. Hai Hai Black. I just hope we are not becoming racist.
In the meantime there are whispers that there are income tax raids a la black ( money). The poor say ” we do not have any income, so let them raid”. The rich smirk ” like Ambani we have converted black to white”.
The rumor also has it that there will be conversion tables and charts. The long lines that I see maybe also for that. Hurray, our conscience is taking a beating. All over the message is ” good let them have it,these thieves”. But who they are we cannot underpin, because in this country they are ubiquitous, they change colours, black to white.
In the meantime it is heard that some great man spent a few hundred crores on his daughter’s wedding. She must have descended from the heavens, and the money must have come from there, otherwise why is it white? From tomorrow I am going to wear white shirts. We need apartheid in money, as its colour is changing into despicable black.
In the meantime people are dying, heart attacks, money attacks, income tax attacks. Some are committing suicides out of sheer anguish. Some do not have identity cards or pan cards, they are used to stowing cash in their houses. The conversion charts better be ready, before macabre death converts us.
About the Author: Ananya S Guha lives and writes from Shillong in North East India.