Democracy: in business of plundering

gold jewelry

Jewellers say non-branded gold to cost more

Zee News – Mar 19, 2012

In the 2012-13 Budget, the government proposed to levy 1 percent excise duty on non-branded gold jewellery too besides doubling import duty on gold to 4 percent.

In order to reduce the quantum of cash transaction in bullion and jewellery sector and for curbing the flow of unaccounted money in the trade, the government has proposed that jeweller should collect 1 percent tax from every buyer if sale consideration exceeds Rs 2,00,000. Go to story


Gold Ends Flat, Down 3 percent for the Week

CNBC – Reuters – Mar 16, 2012

The metal fell 1 percent earlier in the session after top gold consumer India said it would double import duties on bullion. Go to story

You get what you vote for.

excerpt from lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18, Mayapur, September 28, 1974:

What is money’s worth?

Promises not worth the paper they’re printed on
You are befooled. You are such a fool that you accept a piece of paper as money. Therefore I say you are rascal. That is my business. If I say “Government, give me gold,” and government has passed law, “No, you cannot possess gold,” that means cheating. How I shall keep gold, that is my business. First of all you give me gold. It is due to me. But you are giving me paper. That means cheating is begun from you. more

That is the desire of Kṛshṇa, or God, that the state executive head should be as pious as Maharaja Yudhishthira. That is the scheme. Unfortunately, people do not want that. They have now discovered this democracy. Democracy… “Demon-crazy.” Shortcut of “demon-crazy” is “democracy.” All the demons and rogues, they gather together, somehow or other votes, and occupy the seat, and the business is plundering. The business is plundering. If we talk very much upon this, it will not be very favorable, but according to shastra [scripture]… We talk according to shastra, that the democracy means assembly of rogues and plunderers. That is the statement in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. The government men will be all dasyu. Dasyu means plunderer. Not pickpocket. Pickpocket, somehow or other, if you do not understand, takes something from your pocket, and the plunderer, or the dasyu, he catches you and by force, “If you don’t spare your money, I shall kill you.” They are called dasyu. So in the present age of Kali, the government men will be dasyu. This is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Dasyu-dharmabhih. You can, we can see practically. You cannot keep your money. You earn with hard labor, but you cannot keep gold, you cannot keep jewelry, you cannot keep money. And… They will take it away by laws. So they make law that… Yudhishthira Maharaja was just quite opposite. He wanted to see that every citizen is so happy that they are not troubled even by excessive heat and excessive cold. They are not suffering from any disease, they are not suffering from excessive climatic influence, eating very nicely, and feeling security of person and property. That was Yudhishthira Maharaja. Not only Yudhishthira Maharaja. Almost all the kings, they were like that.

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