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We are with you, honourable PM, but look at our pain

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the action will affect very powerful people but he is prepared to fight for the poor. As usual, this was just a speech what all these years he is delivering to the people. As Modi stressed that the poor strongly backed his decision to demonetise high denomination currency, he questioned the moral authority of his political opponents, especially the Congress, for criticising his step as anti-poor and anti-common man. But he is ignoring the ground reality which is not as per his assumption and party supporters are giving him. Those ‘Bhakt’ on social media are not common public who are standing in queue for hours and compromising their lives on many front. No amount of Modi’s crocodile tears can conceal the shambles the governance of the country has been reduced to under BJP/RSS combine tutelage. It is total wreckage of common people rather than a surgical strike against black marketers. In fact, there is nothing surgical at all in the whole operation.

It is simply a flea-bite for the accumulators, fraudsters, guerrillas and terrorists. The new notes do not seem to possess the security features to defeat the counterfeiters. The higher denomination Rs. 2000 notes will only make it easier for the criminals to handle their money than in the erstwhile small notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000. Those rambling over the mirage of economic nirvana to be ushered in by BJP/RSS combine stand to be disillusioned. Not only the opposition but BJP’s ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena also disapproved the government’s move. The demonetisation move has led to financial anarchy, but Modi is busy in chest beating about self-achievements. He along with his party failed on bringing back black money and also to counter terror activities from foreign lands. They promised to bring back Dawood Ibrahim but now settled on demonetisation of currency. He failed to deliver election promises made by him. I hope, PM will learn bitter lesson from Punjab, UP state elections for his autocratic style of functioning. He is taking decisions without proper home work to avoid inconvenience to all sections of the society. Instead of attacking neo-rich, he is bulldozing common man’s daily bread. It is quixotic to see certain things happening in India these days.

Moreover, WhatsApp and Facebook are two platforms were people participate with each other to spread lame jokes and these are the strongest mediums in spreading rumours, folks. Along with these two platforms, people are debating on Twitter as well. The best time, they chose to spread a rumour is when the target audience is confused and scared, and the easiest thing to do when the topic is something related to money, is to spread fear, and in turn create panic, then hatred and ultimately violence. They went on saying that the 2000/- rupee note will have security chip in it, but later on all those claims got exposed and the real note looks as bogus and fake ones. Forget about security measures, the quality of paper used for the note is also cheap with all gaudy colours.

A few weeks ago, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court broke down in front of the public while speaking; now the PM, Modi, said to be a super-strong man, breaks down. When would the Prime Minister of the nation shed tears for the nation? Modi must understand, at least now, that his big talks, bombastic schemes and action paced speeches cannot deliver socio-economic developments, as well as so-called “surgical strikes”, that include some military action as well as the current demonetization drive. However, India requires employment, so please generate the employment for at least 450 million people.

Bringing some small percentage of the black money through demonetization is not the achievement. However, India needs big value additions for development. PM needs to understand that the support of the people is there with him. It could have grown more if a little more thought had been put into the scheme before a hasty execution. The suffering is real. It should not be taken to a breaking point. Some immediate measure to provide cash of 50’s 100’s must be implemented on war footing. The people will always support any good measure adopted by the government. The dissenting voice of the opposition politicians may be brushed aside because that is born out of frustration. Let urgent relief reach the people at the earliest. Banks and its employees are creating artificial scarcity. They are involved in commission and not giving money to poor people and instead are giving money to people who are paying commissions. His ‘so called’ good ideas are being damaged by bankers and bank employees. On his own admission, Modi has stated that the step of demonetising Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes were under contemplation for nearly six months and if that were true, a little bit of foresight in pumping adequate Rs.100 and Rs. 50 denomination notes in the system well in advance could have mitigated large scale sufferings of the citizens who have been subjected to hardship for the past five days. Here is where the BJP government has weakened.

The Prime Minister promised, he would not allow the “money of the poor to be looted.”, but he needs to make more promises that common man will not be brought to roads and deprived of two time meals. People are bearing the distress for a few days but that should not be stretched beyond the limit.

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Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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