For several days, Ray was crisscrossing Morocco with his young guide Ahmed. However, he had noticed that staggering wealth inequality existed even in this small country, ruled by a rich king. A computer engineer himself, Ahmed could not find a respectable job with a good salary. Near the end, Ray arrived in Casablanca. He wanted to locate the specific bar depicted in the iconic movie “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart and Catherine Hepburn. Instead, he got dazzled by the Hassan II Mosque, the recent wonder of the city. An architectural masterpiece, it was built by the current king to leave behind his legacy. The place can accommodate a total of 100,000 worshipers during a prayer session. Ray learned that the final cost was close to a half billion Euros.
Ray heard Ahmed murmuring, “Really, for whom our country shed its tears, when ordinary people lack food and basic healthcare?”
By Sankar Chatterjee