Badagas, Debt & Wisdom of Forefathers

Badagas

As Badagas often reel under debt of all kinds perhaps it is time we remind ourselves of our Forefathers’s (Hethappas) sayings and warnings which no Economist or a Financial expert can match.

On necessity of debt:

“What good is a wife not available when needed? What good is food not available when hungry? What good is debt not available when required”  
“If you give loan it becomes a debt; if you don’t, it will break his heart”.
On nature of debt
“Can swelling be muscle? Can debt be money?”
On nature of interest
“Debt is head load; interest is cart load”
“With slender means don’t borrow at high interest”.
On debt and death
“Debt will not end with death; it may affect later generations”
“The son should repay father’s debt”.
On dangers of debt
“For ten days it will be debt but one day it will be a dangerous disease”
On debt and demeaning
“ Who is the man who will bow to debtor?”
“ Debt within a village is like a fire in the stomach”
“ You can go to a widow’s house but you can’t go to a debtors’ house”.
On unnecessary debt
“ Don’t make ornaments by incurring debt”
“ Don’t incur a debt to wear a shawl and then end up with wearing only a blanket” “ Don’t perform grand ceremony, don’t incur fresh debt”.
On lending
“Lending money creates enmity; giving food creates friendship”
“The one who did not ask for his debt is ruined; the one who never visited his field is ruined”.
“The man who has borrowed to lend is ruined; the man who has climbed a tree and lost his hold is ruined”
“Mouth will wear out asking for money lent to far off persons”.
“The man who lends at 50% interest won’t prosper.
On whom to lend
“Man who lent to a Kota(artisan) is clever
Man who lent to a Toda(grazer ) is naïve
Man who lent to a Kurumba (sorcerer) is dead.

Glory to Hethappas who made Nilgiri a Mountain of Morality

Dharmalingam Venugopal
Kannerimukku Village

Dharmalingam Venugopal

The Honorary Director of the Nilgiri Documentation Centre is Dharmalingam Venugopal, a native of Nilgiris, an Economist and an Environmental Activist and founder of Save Nilgiris Campaign and Managing Trustee of Nilgiris Documentation Centre.

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