Do Indians Really Support Modi’s Demonetization Move?

A CPI (M) march against demonetization in India. Photo courtesy: CPI (M)
A CPI (M) march against demonetization in India. Photo courtesy: CPI (M)

Nobody except a handful of Modi devotees may be supporting such a harsh diktat which can be compared with the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, Tiananmen Square Massacre, civil unrest in Syria, or Gujarat riots of 2002.

By Rakesh Raman

If millions of people are standing in queues to get their own money from banks after Indian government’s demonetization decision, it does not mean that they support demonetization.

But India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the man behind the mess – is claiming that the crowds in queues support his decision.

Today, Modi said he salutes the people of India for wholeheartedly participating in the ongoing Yagna (ritual sacrifice) against corruption, terrorism, and black money.

However, nobody except a handful of Modi devotees may be supporting such a harsh diktat which can be compared with the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, Tiananmen Square Massacre, civil unrest in Syria, or Gujarat riots of 2002.

People have no other option but to stand in the queues because they need their cash to survive. They don’t support Modi.

Meanwhile, the opposition political parties in India decided to stage a dharna today to mark the completion of one month since the demonetization announcement was made by Modi on November 8, 2016.

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The fifteen Opposition parties, which have been working together this Winter Session of Parliament to challenge the Modi government over its demonetization move, called it a Black Day, referring to the miseries it has caused to common people for currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 going out of circulation.

As Modi believes in 140-character governance, he unleashed a series of tweets today to pat on his own back while millions of people are suffering and more than 100 have reportedly died as a result of cash crunch.

He – perhaps with the support of his staff – has also created a hashtag #IndiaDefeatsBlackMoney to muster support in his favor.

“Together, we must ensure #IndiaDefeatsBlackMoney. This will empower the poor, neo-middle class, middle class, and benefit future generations,” Modi said.

This is the height of arrogance. Instead of admitting its failure honestly, Modi counted the benefits of his demonetization decision and urged the people to embrace increased cashless payments and integrate latest technology in their economic transactions.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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