As 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the highlights from the year:
5. SURVIVING Economic Collapse and Cashless Society in India – Luke Rudkowski traveled to India in November, just as the country’s government enforced its latest currency reset. In this video, he gives an in-depth look into what living in a “cashless society” was like on the ground in Goa.
2. What We Saw At The Most Intense Donald Trump Rally – The majority of the protests We Are Change covered in 2016 surrounded the election of one man: Donald Trump. In this video, Luke Rudkowski travelled to San Diego to give a behind-the-scenes look at the intense, chaotic scene surrounding a Trump rally in May.
1. You Won’t Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela – Coming in at #1 on the countdown, Luke Rudkowski traveled to Caracas, Venezuela, with The Dollar Vigilante Jeff Berwick, where they discussed the state of socialism in Venezuela, and gave a complete social and economic breakdown of the situation on the ground in Caracas.
2016 has been a crazy year with some incredible adventures! Thank you to all of you who came along for the ride, and supported We Are Change along the way. See you in 2017!
A Indian businessman named Ajay Munot, has donated 90 houses to the homeless instead of spending the more than $97,000 U.S. Dollars as a gift to his daughter Shreya’s wedding celebrating her marriage.
Ajay Munot, is a trader of cloth and wheat, Munot constructed a colony for the homeless people of west India consisting of 90 homes, on 2 acres of land the homes are 12 by 20 sq. Ft with two windows, and two doors small homes but none the less a place to stay sleep and live for these people who once had nothing.
But Mr. Munot didn’t only provide houses for them, he also saw to it personally that these people all got clean filtered drinking water, which many did not have access to before Mr. Munot stepped in to potentially save their lives.
The filtered water system goes into each of their homes.
The only stipulations that were placed by Munot for families to receive these homes were the following they needed to be poor, live in a slum and third they could not have some sort of drug addiction.
Luke Rudkowski was personally over in India and he saw first hand the poverty levels and how local people were coming together during a currency reset to help each other out not panicking but sharing the wealth and resources in an honor and trust system in a good sense of community. India though is known to be a poverty driven country.
In a video of the bride Speaking to ANI, Shreya said she “was very happy with the decision and considers it a great wedding gift” and that they both agreed that it was for a better cause.
After their wedding, the bride and groom happily handed out the keys to the new homes and chose homeless families who were over joyed to get off the streets and begin living a life.
The formerly homeless people are already said to be benefiting, with one woman reported to have said she is happy now that she and her family do not have to deal with the problems of accessing basic needs such as water and electricity according to The Free Press Journal.
What do you think of her father’s decision? More kind gestures such as this is what’s needed in the world in my own opinion now if we can just convince the billion dollar businessmen over in the U.S. to open up their hearts and their wallets to do the same over here to all the homeless people out there on the streets every time their daughters get married.
For the first time in India, the rich beg the poor to help them
Written by Amrit Dhillon
*This article is Translated from The Sydney Morning Harrold and combined with We Are Change source material since Luke Rudkowsi is on location.
Delhi: Driver Rahul Sharma, 25, remembers the exact day when his employer turned from a wolf into a lamb. It was November 9 when his employer called him beta – Hindi for “dear” – for the first time. The maid was asked to give him a cup of tea, for the first time.
“I was shocked at his sudden niceness. It went on for two days,” said Sharma. For the past three years, his New Delhi-based employer has been abusive, bad-tempered, and imperious, often demanding that he turn up for work at 6am after finishing work at midnight.
“He didn’t even bother to remember my name. When he wanted to summon me, he’d call out ‘driver!’,” Sharma said.
“On the third day, the penny dropped. He asked me to deposit 250,000 rupees ($4900) in my bank account on his behalf so that he could get rid of his black money.”
Maids, drivers, nannies, and cooks in India are experiencing unusual politeness from their employers. Beyond the work they do every day, they suddenly have another use – to launder the undeclared cash which the rich have been hoarding in steel wardrobes, under the mattress and in under-bed storage.
In one fell swoop, the tens of millions of rupees that the rich kept at home in these denominations became worthless. If they deposit the money in the bank tax officials will pounce, imposing staggering penalties and taxes.
However until December 30, each Indian is allowed to deposit a smallish sum of 250,000 rupees in such defunct notes in their bank accounts without questions being asked. That is why the rich need the service of the poor.
Sharma and others like him have been implored by suddenly humble employers to deposit the amount in their accounts by the deadline – to be returned to their employers later.
“I refused him. I don’t want to get into trouble later if someone asks me how I got this money when I’m only a driver,” Sharma said.
Domestic staff and factory employees are going around with big grins, delighting in the panic and anxiety etched on the faces of the fat cats who never showed them any consideration, not to mention the delicious irony of being beseeched by their now squirming masters.
Modi’s message in a recent speech – “see how I make the powerful suffer with you” – has resonated powerfully. “For once the rich are as troubled as we poor Indians are every day,” said Akash Atwal, a driver with a New Delhi car rental firm.
In return for depositing the scrapped notes, domestic staff and others are being offered 10 to 25 per cent as commission. Some have accepted, happy to pocket an unexpected windfall; others, fearing trouble, have refused; and others have refused out of the principle that, if some big fish have been caught, leave them wriggling at the end of the line.
In their desperation to get rid of their ill-gotten money, rich Indians are dumping sacks of notes into the River Jamuna in New Delhi. Some have made a bonfire of their cash at some deserted place before running away to avoid identification. Police have stopped cars filled with suitcases stuffed with 1000-rupee notes, their drivers rushing to distant relatives they haven’t seen for years to ask them to deposit their cash.
“Some families who buy fruit from me regularly wanted to get rid of 100,000 ($1900) worth of notes by paying me in advance for the fruit they will buy over the next year” said Bittu Bharati, who runs a fruit stall with his uncle in Lajpat Nagar.
Others who are usually paid in cash – florists, beauticians, personal trainers and “presswallahs’ who iron clothes in neighbourhoods – have also been told they can have their services paid for two years in advance, just so that affluent families can dispose of their expired cash. Then it’s up to them to exchange the money at the bank.
Some Indians are being too clever by half. A divorced man who had defied the courts by refusing alimony to his wife was seized with a new respect for the law and offered to pay her the arrears – in the banned currency notes. The judge threw him in jail until he paid in the new notes.
Domestic staff have been chuckling while exchanging stories of what’s been happening in the homes of their employers: sudden palpitations, wailing wives, altercations over how to get rid of the banned notes, profuse sweating and pure despair.
Chemists have reported a spike in the sale of sleeping tablets. Mumbai hospitals have reported a surge in panic attacks. But some doctors are feeling queasy themselves – it’s estimated that about 40 per cent of doctors are paid in cash.
“I’m an ordinary man and I’m suffering hardship too. I was in a long queue on Saturday. But it’s worth it. The rich need to be punished for being greedy. I am savoring the moment,” said a smiling Mohan Kishore, who sells fresh coconut water on a South Delhi street.
In this video Luke Rudkowski takes you along on his travels as he is broke like a joke in Goa India after the latest currency reset. We show you the current situation on the ground and cover the latest economic, social and political changes that occurred in India.
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