Wie bereits berichtet (#8), ist 'black money' in der Bedeutung 'Schwarzgeld' völlig gängiger Sprachgebrauch in Indien.
"Many traders in Punjab feel they are overtaxed and so try to evade the system by not giving authentic invoices. This gives a boost to the shadow economy - or what Indians call "black money""
Why black? That's what I can't figure out. For Indians, at least for those of us who can afford the luxury of choice, the preferred colour of most things - skin, sugar, bread, you name it - is white. So how come we call it black money? All countries, to a greater or smaller percentage, have what is known as a parallel, or cash, economy that operates outside the legitimate loop. But India's parallel economy is unparalleled, in that by many guesstimates it is not only as big as the legit economy but in fact a couple of
times bigger. And we have a unique name for it. Black money. Also known as No.2.
'Black money' is no longer a dirty word in India, to be spoken of in hushed tones. If you want to buy property, for example, a lawyer will tell you how much you should pay in black - that is, undeclared to the revenue authorities - and how much in white. The usual proportion is 40/60.
'A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday observed that since the provisions in the Income Tax Act were inadequate to check the circulation of black money in the country, the government should take serious initiative to enact a legislation for the same.'