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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

Help the needy not the politicians!

By S.H.Moulana

Charitable giving is the act of giving money, goods or time to the unfortunate. World’s one of the richest and greatest philanthropists Bill Gates says ‘The returns from investing in poor people are just great as the returns from investing in the business world…..and have more meaning and pleasure.'

Warren Buffett another American billionaire, who is at his 87 and in excellent health announced that he intends to donate the bulk of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity that has become famous for its work with HIV, malaria and tuberculosis in the Third World, and with education and library technology in the United States.

The donation of Buffett doubles the value of the Gates foundation, already one of the world’s richest charities. While Warren Buffett plans to donate a total of 37 billion US dollars Bill and Melinda Gates pledge 95% of their wealth to charity.

So far 17 billion US dollars have gone to their charitable foundation from Gates.

Azim Premji India’s third richest person has given away a quarter of his fortune to charity and has made a ‘giving pledge’ of equal amount soon. He is worth 16 billion US dollars.

The other world famous givers who keep on giving are Mark Zuckerberg, Carlos Slim of Mexico, Li Ka-shing of Hong Kong and Sir Richard Branson of Britain.

They all enjoy giving to the unfortunate unlike our billionaires who give those who have already built their fortunes through dubious ways.

We need not say who the givers and who the takers are, the media is exposing the culprits every other day. Some are given in millions and few others are given few thousand rupees as pocket money or to buy chocolate.

The beauty is none has asked the giver why it is given to them. If a person gives you thousand rupees, leave alone the millions lavishly distributed, won't you ask him what is it for? Why this money is not reaching those desperate ones who really need help or those displaced by the recent flood.

Let the givers learn a lesson from people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and the rest to know where their money should be directed if they have in access of what they really need.

They can help the needy but definitely not the corrupt politicians as in their practice now.

- Asian Tribune -

Warren Buffett with Melinda  and Bill Gates
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