You will be surprised to know that just the city of Bombay has half the money of the whole country. Strange…the whole country works – people are working in the fields, in the gardens, in the factories – but somehow there are strategies so that the money goes on moving towards Bombay. Half of the country’s money in one city! This is intolerable. But one should not be angry about it. It is intolerable because it is inhuman and it destroys people’s love, people’s compassion, people’s kindness. It creates all kinds of crime. Poverty is the mother of all crimes.
It is a very strange world. First, you make people poor and force them to become criminals, and then you have courts and the police and the judges to punish them. First they are exploited, and then they are punished for being criminals.
The real criminals are those fifteen families who have exploited the whole country’s wealth. But they will never be punished because they can purchase all your judges, they can purchase all your politicians. They already have all the politicians in their hands – because where is the politician going to find millions of rupees for his election? Not from the poor people.
And the people who are going to give him millions of rupees are not going to give it as charity. If they give one million, they will take out of that politician at least fifty million, not less than that. When he comes into power then all the licenses will go to the man who has brought him into power.
These politicians are all slaves to one capitalist party or to another capitalist family. They go on promising the poor a better future, and they know perfectly well that a better future is not going to come because first they have to repay the money that has been given to them. They are themselves slaves.
This situation is ugly. The structure should certainly be changed. But it should be changed because you have a compassion, a love for all suffering human beings – not an anger, an envy, a jealousy against those few who have all the money, who have all the luxuries.
It is a question of focus: are you fighting for the poor or are you fighting because of your jealousy that you are not one of the fifteen families? Is it your jealousy, envy, anger, violence, that is prompting you to rebel against this structure? If that is the case then, when you are in power, you will be more dangerous because you will take as much revenge as you are capable of – with vengeance.
But if your revolution is because you have seen the suffering of humanity, you will create a structure which will give equal opportunity to everybody to grow. You will not impose the idea of equality, because equality simply does not exist – it is not psychological and it is not existential.
A Bertrand Russell is a Bertrand Russell, and if he has a little more comfortable life, he needs it; his contribution is so great that he should be provided with all the comforts possible.