A OPED in the Times of India today, gives us a clue of the apocalyptic events inside a nation with 1,2 billion people. The age of horrors is on.
In technology we trust: the Modi government has blind faith in digital fixes for social problems.
Demonetisation has been a painful lesson about how much we trust tech solutions. For this government and its supporters, there is no human habit, no social pattern that doesn’t have a technological quick-fix.
The more disorderly and slow the government’s currency rollout has been, the more it holds out visions of digital efficiency. Never has so much irrational faith been placed in the cult of technology, to correct the frailties of humans.
The rationale for demonetisation has slid from stamping out corruption and black money to the virtues of a cashless economy. No more grubby paper-money, says the government, the future lies in frictionless digital transactions through e-wallets, internet banking and cards.
Never mind that this future, if it materialises, would mean submitting to total financial surveillance; everything is transparent to your bank and to the state. This might gladden an authoritarian heart, but it would strip citizens of any rightful anonymity. Add biometric tracking to that, and we’re all just insects in the state’s laboratory. Given the lack of both digital security standards and privacy safeguards in India, you would have no recourse but to trust your overseers and carry on.
This cashless future is hampered by current literacy and banking levels, as also habit: most people are using their ATM cards to withdraw cash, rather than directly transact. Because of demonetisation, the informal sector has been suckerpunched, livelihoods have been lost, the economy will wobble for a long while, black money has been laundered and returned.
Digitisation is not a surefire fix for tax evasion or any other form of rule-dodging. For instance, studies show that digitisation of MGNREGA data had mixed results on corruption; in some cases they shone a light on it, in others, officials refused to penalise juniors, or people colluded with bureaucrats to cheat the system. At the other end of digital sophistication, cryptocurrencies can help you evade the government.
But Modi and his supporters share a technocratic mindset gone wild, and see corruption, black money, tax evasion, as neatly defined problems to be solved in a decisive stroke. He borrows an aura of competence and efficiency from technology. He doesn’t hesitate to use unbridled state power to change social habits, carve straight planks from the crooked timber of humanity. But maybe it’s not the notes, but the note-bandi that will turn out to be radioactive.
Source: The Times of India
The author of the OPED, Amulya Gopalakrishnan, seems to have hit the nail on the head. She might not have read the Bible. She might not be a Christian. But she understand that something fishy and very evil is going on.
If she ever will open her Bible, she will be able to find the answers. The enforcement of a cashless, digital payment, is a sign of the end of the age. All who surrender to this ongoing satanic evil, will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. They will face God’s wrath, and will have to spend eternity in Hell. Only Jesus the Messiah can save them.
The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
There might be more hope for Bible reading Christians in India, than in the West. Forget about the banks: Most Indians do not trust the government. They will continue top search for rescue in anti-governments subcultures. Unlike in Europe and the USA, were most people blindly do as the government and banks desire. Their blind faith in the secular leaders, will lead them down the path towards destruction.
Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Do not trust in your gold and riches. Do not be deceived by the new cashless World Order. Do not become a lover of the World, but stay put in your faith in Jesus the Messiah. If not: Repent or perish.
Written by Ivar