Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8, addressed the nation and said that the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes are of no good use anymore unless you go to a bank to either exchange or deposit the currency. Suddenly, people didn’t know what to do with the money they had and those who didn’t have. The next day, millions of Indians found themselves standing in long queues outside banks and ATMs in the hope of getting their hands on some cash but there were many who returned empty handed. The situation has been similar ever since.
Demonetisation has been the talking point from the day it began and there’s no place in the country where it’s not being discussed, social media being the hot bed. And while all the experts on economy and policy are sharing their opinions, we have comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath who made a simple observation about the effects of demonetisation and has struck a chord with many.
In a Facebook post which has gone viral with over 1,100 shares and 7,000 likes, he wrote that in the mere hope of a fair system, Indians are queuing up systematically in peaceful co-existence. When they break queues, it’s not because of frustration but because the system has failed them time and again.
Read his full post here.
There is one thing to be learnt about Indian people from demonetisation.
Indians are extremely well behaved and peace loving people who will stand in queues for days without incident if you give them even a glimmer of hope for a fair system, which is the least they deserve.
When they break queues then, it’s not because they don’t know how to stand in one; it’s because they are tired of being let down by the system again and again, have lost all faith in fair means.
Makes one wonder, if a glimmer of hope can achieve so much, what could an actually fair system do?
The post has resonated with thousands of people who are appreciating his point of view. “Love your perspective on this issue biswa. Ironically comedians today make more sense than politicians. Yes there is alot of inconvenience but this glimmer of hope is provided by the government. Hope good days are ahead,” wrote a user.