This is a story that will strike a chord, but the correlation is neither intentional nor accidental, but ironical.
A long time ago there was a peaceful kingdom ruled by a king who listened to his learned counsel. The country was going through a period in which the disparity between the rich and the poor was extreme. There were beggars all over the country.
If one went to church, there were groups of beggars. At the market, beggars sat in rows and did not stop at anything, from grabbing the hands of the passersby, to crying out loud begging for alms. They were to be seen in all crowded places. It was a growing menace that seemed never-ending, with more and more beggars popping up at every major junction in every city and town across the country.
For the rich and successful businessmen of the country, these beggars not only grossly misrepresented the nation, but also were damaging the local businesses, which wanted to attract tourists from neighboring countries. They saw the beggars as nothing more than lazy bums who had no urge to work to lead a decent life.
Learning of the growing menace, the king called an immediate meeting of his most trusted ministers; asking them to give him their suggestions for putting an end to this disgusting issue.
The learned ministers, after long debate, gave their suggestion as follows:
"The beggars in our nation do not represent the true citizens of this country. They are a lazy lot, who have no education and do not appreciate the family values that are cherished by our nation. With no education and no family, they cannot be of any use to the society, but will remain a burden to it. We should declare a 'War on Beggars' and kill them all," announced the counsel.
The king, respecting the recommendation of the counsel, ordered his men to kill anyone caught begging. Shortly, beggars were rounded up and sent to the prison to be executed.
Soon the cities and towns were clean. The rich were happy, and people in general were content with the actions of the king, agreeing that the beggars chose their destiny. After all, begging is a disgusting act; only subhuman lazy bums would resort to it.
So the War on Beggars was declared a success.
A year passed. With the War on Beggars having been declared a success, the rules were relaxed. Within days, beggars began appearing again. They operated in secret and would appear only when the king’s men were not around. However, as the kings men busied themselves with other tasks, the beggars started showing around the church and the market. Soon the city and towns went back to the situation that had prevailed a year back. Beggars were to be seen everywhere.