Imagine that you are appointed as a principal/director of a college which is notorious for cheating and poor quality of education.
You find that most students cheat during the examination with the support of the teachers and do quite well in exams. The result of the college has been always more than 90% in recent years.
You are a person with principles and hence you decide to totally eliminate cheating from the examination. You install CCTV cameras in all examination halls and take actions against the students and the teachers who are found engaged in cheating.
The result is that cheating is totally stopped in examinations.
However, the performance of your college dips drastically and less than 20% students pass. This has been the worst performance in the history of your college.
You now face flak from all sides.
This is what is happening in India right now.
The steps of demonetisation and GST, taken by the present government have disrupted the black economy in the country to such a great extent that it has impacted economic growth of the country negatively.
If you face such a situation, you often wonder:
It is important to understand that cheating in examinations is merely a manifestation of the malaise of your college.
A college is inflicted with cheating menace when:
Students cheat in examinations because there is no learning round the year.
Teachers help to cheat because they don’t know how to teach well or they don’t want to teach.
You have to set the system right by taking care of all factors for a long time to bring real transformation to your college.
However, you as a principal acted only on the symptom of the disease, that is, cheating, while no action was taken to get to the root of the problem and cure the ailment.
Your action is bound to fail because symptoms shall be back again unless the disease is cured.
It is important to understand that black money exists in a country like India because of several factors like:
The system of the country is such that each factor supports the other factors.
If you remove one factor without changing the other factors, the edifice of the economy is likely to collapse.
This is what has happened.
After demonetisation, the cash has disappeared from the market, which has affected all business activities where the use of cash was quite prevalent.
If you wish to eliminate the cash economy, you have to improve the entire system of the country.
You can’t solve the deep problems of a developing economy by providing a symptomatic solution.