I am sure many of you have heard this story….but for those who have not, a gentle reminder…
Once upon a time a King died and his son became the king. While dying he told his son ‘Be nice to the people, but even if you are not nice, the people will not protest’.
The new king was intrigued by this but did not pay much attention. He ruled well and taxed the people justly…but his ambition meant he had to fund many wars and the treasury was not doing very well. So he decided to tax them more – and the people paid willingly.
He had a big complaint box in his palace – but he received no complaints.
One day he taxed the people to build a bridge. People paid for the total cost of the bridge – and the king had a surplus. When he saw that people did not bother about the surplus, he imposed a toll on that road. People paid willingly.
He then stopped maintaining the road, but continued to collect toll. People paid.
He was reminded of what his father had told him – ‘if you increase the cruelty slowly, people will not mind’…so he was pushing them.
He then kept a complaint box at the bridge also – thinking that people will complain. However, there were no complaints.
He then said ‘Now let me employ 2 people who will slap every person who goes on the bridge’ – people did not complain.
After a week, he was happy to see one complaint in the box! Overjoyed – thinking that his citizens had at last woken up, he read the letter.
It said “Sir please employ more people to slap us, the slapping is delaying our going to the office’.
The Indian bureaucrats, BCCI, politicians are waiting for us to hit back……….
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