Ten days are over after the Prime Minister’s overnight reform of demonetisation. There’s no sign of adequate valid currency reaching the people. On the contrary, works are held up, workers go without money to buy food, medical treatments are affected, farmers are unable to buy seeds and cultivate their lands, those who have agricultural produce at home cannot sell them because traders don’t have valid money to pay... How long does the country want this situation to prolong?
The Supreme Court has already expressed its apprehensions about possible riots in the country if adequate valid currency is not made available. The country can’t expect people to die of starvation when they have their hard-earned money lying in the banks.
Moreover, do Indians deserve this situation? 80% of Indians live on less than Rs10,000 per month. They don’t have any black money. But it is they who actually suffer from the current situation. The innocent are punished. The really guilty know how to get along whatever the situation.
One of the worst faces of the Modi government that has become conspicuous is that of insensitivity. The Prime Minister is an excellent orator with a penchant for histrionics. He knows how to appeal to the emotions of people. And he makes that appeal in the name of patriotism which has already been equated with Hindutva. This volatile mix of patriotism and religion has made Modi a demigod so much so anyone who questions Modi today is likely to be labelled as antinational. Modi knows this and uses it effectively in announcing his dictatorial decisions such as the current demonetisation. When people find out loopholes in the new system, more rigorous rules are applied such as limiting the amount that can be exchanged or withdrawn or branding the citizen with indelible ink. Once again, innocent people are the ones who are really affected by such decisions and rules. The criminals know how to get on whatever the system. Modi government has displayed a tremendous lack of sensitivity towards the majority of people who are struggling to earn their livelihood or take out their own money from their accounts.
Modi can play on patriotic feelings and go ahead for some more days. But neither patriotism nor religion will prove to be more overwhelming than hunger or fundamental inconveniences. It’s time that valid currency was made available. It’s time that people are allowed to live normal lives after demonetisation of certain denominations.
If the hardships continue, more and more reports will come out such as: “Adani, Ambani had prior info on demonetisation, says BJP MLA Rajawat” or “West Bengal BJP knew about demonetisation, deposited Rs 1 crore hours before announcement.”
PS. Written for Indispire: #Demonetization