The poorest chief minister in India is Manik Sarkar of Tripura. His total assets amount to a meagre Rs250,000, according to the accounts submitted by him to the election commission. He has been the chief minister of Tripura 3 times. When he filed his papers to the election commission in 2008, his total assets amounted to Rs13,920. The amount rose to lakhs (!) this year not because he fished in the troubled waters of politics but because he inherited his mother’s house whose value is placed at Rs220,000. It is a tin-roofed house, the usual ones you’ll find anywhere in the state. Mr Sarkar does not own a car. His bank balance is Rs9720. He had Rs1080 in his pocket when he was filing the papers to the election commission.
Mr Sarkar’s monthly salary as chief minister is Rs9200. He donates the whole amount to the party since he is a genuine communist. The party gives him a monthly allowance of Rs5000. That’s communism.
I’m not an advocate of poverty. Temperance is different from poverty.
Imagine a situation like this. Everybody on the earth is like Mr Sarkar. Nobody is keen on amassing anything for him-/herself. Everybody shares everything with others. Can we have a different world?
Imagine an easier situation. People choose to live with less things. People decide not to have things which are really not essential. Luxury is out. Simple living, but sufficiently comfortable living. Can we have a better world?