An incident from the life of the famous merchant of Bengal Pal – Chaudhuri.
Krishna Panti (Pal –Chaudhuri) was a famous merchant of Bengal and was a salt businessman at one point of time. His story is famous as a rag to riches tale. He was well-known and respected. The title of ‘Pal-Chaudhuri’ was conferred upon him and he was also known as the ‘Zamindar’ (landlord) of Nadia. Even during the early years of the twentieth century, he had lakhs of rupees to himself.
A man once asked to buy 2000kgs of salt from him and a deal was agreed upon. The man said that he would come and take the 2000kgs of salt from Krishna Panti on a decided date and time. Soon after the deal, the prices of salt rose incredibly. Because of this price rise, the salt merchants who had salt in huge quantities made a lot of money.
Krishna Panti also earned a lot of money by selling salt in the market but he kept the 2000kgs of salt promised to that man aside. He waited for the man but the man never came on the decided date and time. After waiting for a few more days, he sold those 2000kgs of salt at a high price in the market. And whatever profit he earned from that, he kept it aside for that man.
In the second month, when that man came to meet Krishna Panti, he gave him the profit amount. The man said that he had not given the money for those 2000kgs of salt to Krishna Panti so he cannot claim that profit.
But Krishna Panti was a man of high morals. He told him that the deal was done according to him so the man had absolute right on the profit of those 2000kgs of salt. He did not even once think about his own profit and kept his word.
Setting greed aside, Krishna Panti did what was right. It takes courage to do that. Do we have that courage?