The Government’s move to demonetize currency notes of Rs. 500 & 1000 in order to fight black money and fake currency menace, has stirred the hornet’s nest with many opposition politicians and establishment elites up in arms over the move and criticizing the Government. Most protests are happening in the guise of ‘opposing the harassment of the poor.’
In a TV debate, when Rajiv Desai, a PR professional with close ties to Congress was calling the demonetization move a ‘disastrous policy decision’ claiming that it has taken $200 billion out of Bharat’s economy (of which he claimed only 20% is black money), ex-Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian, who by then had had enough of the convoluted arguments and disinformation being spread by panelists like Desai, SP’s Gaurva Bhatia and BSP’s Sudhindra Bhadoria, said –
“For 70 years, 70% of the population in Bharat have had a hand to mouth existence…we have huge poverty. And now saying that a 3-day inconvenience is going to kill the country is an absurd argument! There are 3 major problems in the country – black money, education and public health. In 3 years time, economists have estimated this step (demonetization) could add 3 percentage points to our GDP..this move is a game-changer.”
Ever since the demonetization was announced by PM Modi at 8 PM on 8 Nov, prominent opposition politicians have criticized the move as ‘anti-people’ and ‘draconian’.
First off the block to criticize the move was TMC’s Mamta Banerjee –
WITHDRAW THIS DRACONIAN DECISION
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 8, 2016
Delhi CM Kejriwal, found it an opportune opportunity to try and resurrect his badly damaged anti-corruption crusader image –
From evidence pouring in, demonitization is turning out to be a huge scam. Will present evidence at 10 am in a press conf
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 12, 2016
Congress was scathing in its vitriol –
LOL-MOHMAD Bin Tughlak scraps 500/1000 Rupees notesNext capital of India will be shifted from Delhi to Daultabad.Tughlak’s spirit resurrects
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) November 8, 2016
Rahul Gandhi joined a bank queue ostensibly to share the ‘pain of the common man,’ but ended up by inconveniencing citizens himself.
But apart from opposition politicians, establishment elites with links to the Nehruvian-Congress ecosystem and the usual suspects in media like NDTV et al, the move has been welcomed by economists, India Inc., bankers and industry bodies like FICCI.
Rana Kapoor, MD and CEO of Yes Bank writes –
“The move will significantly strengthen the government’s systematic efforts (including special investigation team on black money, amending DTAA with Mauritius and Cyprus, amending the Benami Transactions Act, and the more recent Income Declaration Scheme) over the last two years to curb black money in the economy.
In a single master stroke, the government has attempted to tackle all three malaises currently plaguing the economy—a parallel economy, counterfeit currency in circulation and terror financing.
In addition, the Indian economy has been provided a new lease of life—a “reset” if you will—with huge positive implications for liquidity, inflation, fiscal and external deficit in the short term.”
These tweets sum up the attitude of the common man, which the status quoist politicians and certain elites just don’t get –
Even a severe inconvenience of a few days is a thousand times better than dying by a terrorist bomb financed by fake/black market currency
— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) November 11, 2016
People are facing troubles, mind you, but in small town communities everybody helps; grocers, sabziwalas, tea sellers all selling on credit!
— Dr Praveen Patil (@5Forty3) November 11, 2016
Another tweet series by Kanchan Gupta exposes the hypocrisy of the rich, entitled class which is criticizing the demonetization move on behalf of the working poor – the same people who treat their maid and cooks as nothing more than servants and haggle with them over the smallest of amounts, are now claiming to highlight the pain of poor folk who are stuck without cash.
A survey carried out on 9 Nov showed that 78% if citizens approved of the demonetization scheme-
78% citizens supported the scheme of replacing Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 notes | By Kumar Vikram https://t.co/eRzldTl2q2
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) November 9, 2016
And those claiming that this was a ill-thought out & hasty move, are just lying through their teeth. While it is true that implementation of such a move poses immense challenges, the idea was being discussed in economic policy circles for long. HinduPost had carried an article by IIM Bengaluru Professor R. Vaidyanathan in March this year, where demonetization was proposed as a measure to tackle domestic black money. And Modi himself had spoken of this 5 years back –
— NewsFirst (@newsfirstlive) November 10, 2016
The fact that people are facing hardships for withdrawing money from ATMs and banks is however true – ensuring fully operational ATMs and speedy exchange/withdrawal of the new currency notes (especially Rs. 100 & 500 notes) should be the topmost priority of RBI, government, banks. But in the end, despite all the hardships faced by them, ordinary citizens realize this move is for the greater good. Please listen to this man from Dehradun –
— Alok Bhatt (@alok_bhatt) November 12, 2016
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