How very rich am I?


There is a saying that an individual considers his mind as much superior and his wealth much lesser compared to others. Such a phenomenon holds good almost in all cases. Many a people knowing me invariably prefer to recognize me as the one highly well do and sumptuously rich financially simply for the reason that I happened to be a Director in a topmost banking organisation like State Bank of India, and that I was much biggie a personality in Trade Union movement of the country. Their very recognition as such only demoralises me to the extreme. What do they think of me? Do they mean that I was a corrupt person making money in varied kind of deals, or I was the one accepting bribes and other illegal gratifications from the people in need, or I was the kind of a mafia running my parallel business eliciting billions of rupees in terms of money through shady deals, or yet I was too lusty a person running after money in every act I did maintaining benaami accounts in different banking organisations within the country and abroad. What a foolishness by convenience? I owe no explanation as I know the ‘real me’ is known well to my people, and there lies my satisfaction. In fact, this narrative is somewhat in a lighter vein in the context that onlookers from a distance in general in our society are quite prone to a thinking that any body who occupies an important position any where in the system is quite supposedly taken for granted to make money by whatever means. Such a feeling is more rampant in rural areas of the country where the people refuse to differentiate between a person of unquestioned integrity and the one who is highly corrupt.

George Bernard Shaw once made a pen caricature of elites and the commoners saying ‘I had been to city of London seeing rich persons and beautiful faces enjoying their life. Now that I am back home to find my family facing financial hardships’. I think of me more or less the same way. I am a retiree pensioner with a petty monthly amount to sustain my family and meet the liabilities. I have hardly any savings and have to actively work for 12+ hours a day to secure some extra income to meet the routine contingencies. Once during National Emergency in mid 1970s, there was a volley of allegations against me including that I was an ‘Anandmargee’, a prohibited social organisation, at the instance of the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, who wanted to see me out of service as she took me as a serious menace to her party’s organisation INDIAN NATIONAL TRADE UNION CONGRESS in State Bank of India. There was a rumour that CBI was to launch a raid on my house to which I had then reacted saying that they are welcome any time as they may have to lay their hands only on thousands of mementos by way of Samman Patras and nothing else. I got back home like this only.

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20 thoughts on “How very rich am I?”

  1. neelkanth,
    I know you only through your blog.

    To me you are wealthy, but in spirit and knowledge.

    It is not requisite to be poor, to be a saint. To walk the middle path, where wealth is but a tool. Unaffected by greed, where money does not stick to the fingers … no harm. To have an education, is a blessing. One that all people should have. But still, knowledge is a thirst. One that should be drunk, until we can drink no more … no harm. To take the payment of honest work …. no harm.

    But to take what does not belong, like a thief in the night … is a curse on our soul. Using a position for personal gain, is immoral.

    Standing up for one’s fellow workers, is no shame. Being entrusted by fellow workers. Those who expect fair treatment, is selfless.

    The measure of a person, a man or woman. Is alway reflected in their writings and of their knowledge of the world. I would prefer if all the wealth in the world was in your hands. Rather than many other people, I know better.

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  2. Resp. neelkanth ji, We the pensioners salute you you have given your personal explanation very nicely nd also have given the thoughts of the people , who are not only puts hurdles on your ways but also dis courged you to be away from your noble cause.but on the other side there are leaders of the associations who did nothing for the association and made money, traveled only by Air ,,stayed in five star hotels and made money..your family (state Bank of India has full faith in you and your blogs……. During Emergency the govt used this tact to stop the union activities but the union leaders like put the flame high , with the result out association have survived . During emergency I also got the summons for the same but survived…..you have given us the way to fight with our rights and also educated the pensioners .May God give you the long life.

    Rajj Kumar Negi

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  3. Sir.. You are not only a rich but the richest personality I have ever known.. Richest in the sense in your spirit and intelligence as Shri Hirundine has rightly commented..M.R.Awasthi is the name of an institution, embodiment of honesty, integrity, courage and invincible instinct.. Thousands and thousands of persons within and outside the banking industry adore and love you with great regard as SANTA CLAUSE … You have very correctly depicted yourself in referring the caricature of G.B. Shaw. that is the real position.. Some or only few persons making such type of allegations are bad souls with bad spirit having jealous instinct.. The name M.R.Awasthi needs no certificate from any one but is like a north star always illuminating and shall continue to inspire people for ever.. Salute to you sir with our full reverence….

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    1. I take your reference of SantaClause as a great source of strength and inspiration. The comment so made by a loving person like you places it much above my article itself. I did cherish and relish it. My thanks with love and affection.

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  4. A person becomes rich by his deeds and thoughts and miser too by the same. People often misjudge and misconstrue about others very casually for that is the easiest way for them to convince themselves about the reason of not being successful or the obvious feeling of being envious if one is happy enough irrespective of status or money. Narrow mindedness and the inability to get the success they dreamt is too many a time the reason for such criticism,nevertheless, a man is known by his nature and behaviour,he does not owe any explanation to others who already have preconceived notions about him.The actions speak for themselves,sooner or later.

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  5. What makes all so difficult is the fact that human nature craves & desires richness in spirit, while our senses, reality, and conditioning are bombarded & shaped with the material world. It becomes seemingly very difficult to live a life of purpose, with richness in spirit, and still survive in the material world. As a result, majority settle for a life of moderate material gain, and dismiss the idea of living a life rich in spirit. You did it that is why you are there and not many people can think of matching your standards. I am privileged that I know you in person.

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  6. DEAR SHRI NEELKANTH JI,WHY MAN BECOMES CORRUPT? MAN IS INDEED,A CREATURE OF WANTS.THE MOMENT THE BABY COMESOUT OF THE WOMB,IT CRIES,WHY? BECAUSE IT HAS A WANT.MAN IS BORNIN WANT,HE LIVES IN WANT AND IN WANT HE DIES.OUT OF WANT HE HAS COME INTO EXISTENCE,IN WANT HE LIVES,AND FROM WANT HE DIES.THE WHAT IS THE RELATION OF THIS MAN TO THAT OTHER MAN?HOW CAN THE ONE BE EQUAL TO THE OTHER? HOW CAN THE ONE BE UNITED WITH THE OTHER?ONE IS BEYOND ALL WANT,ALLFEAR,ALL BIRTH AND DEATH,WHILE THE OTHER IS A MAN WHO IS FULL OF ALL SORTS OF FEARS AND DESIRES,WHO IS BORN AND MUST DIE.HOW CAN THERE BE ANY RELATIOSHIP BETWEEN THESE TWO MEN APPRENTLY EXISTING AT OPPOSITE POLES?YET THERE IS RELATION.THIS MAN WHO HAS BIRTH AND DEASTH,WHO IS FINITE AND LINITED,THIS VERY MAN POINTS TO INFINITE NATURE.MAN IS ALWAYS RESTLESS,ALWAYS MOVING FROM ONE PLACE TO PLACE?WHY?BECAUSE HE IS NEVER SATISFIED,BECAUSE BRINGS HIM PERMANENT SATISFACTATION,AND THIS VCERY FACT THAT HE IS DISSATISFIED WITH HIS FINITE NATURE SHOWS THAT IT IS NOT HIS NATURAL CONDITION. K.R SAINI

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