Money knows no class
This has the reference of the letter of Minu Ahmed Khan published in the DS recently titled, "Middleman's Sorcery," where the writer was disheartened by the middlemen's supremacy in acquiring wealth in our society. She was astonished at the price difference of a cauliflower in Bogra and Dhaka which sells at Taka 1 apiece in Bogra and Taka 20 in Dhaka. The growers hardly get the production cost, especially, when those glut the local markets during bumper production. It is sad that the city dwellers have to buy those with exorbitant prices. Taka 19 goes to the middlemens' pocket without much toil.
The writer rightly reveals the trend of middlemens' windfall gains in the country in comparison to the pittance that we get as earning. She ironically wishes if she were a trader. In this context, I recall my civil surgeon's comment in a district hospital where I used to perform post-mortem examination as a junior medical officer. Our 'Dom' (deadbody dissector) used to forcibly take Tk. 500-1000 for dissecting each deadbody publicly. At that time, I used to draw a paltry salary of Tk. 6500 a month. Being a young doctor I was frowning at the Dom's income, which to me was huge and unjust. My CS pacified me smilingly, "Money will prevail all the time but he (the Dom) is never on a par with you." Perhaps this message is the only solace to us.