The Urdu Press: On demonetisationhttps://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/demonetisation-anniversary-narendra-modi-note-ban-manmohan-singh-indian-economy-delhi-pollution-odd-even-scheme-saudi-arabia-crisis-4940879/

The Urdu Press: On demonetisation

Rashtriya Sahara (editorial, November 9) writes: “Many eminent economists, including the former governor, RBI, Raghuram Rajan, have expressed their disapproval of demonetisation.

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Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes were banned from November 8 last year.

Marking the first anniversary of demonetisation, Hamara Samaj, in its editorial on November 10 writes: “It is true that the decision of demonetising currency notes was taken in the interest of the country but because of its hurried implementation, the difficulties encountered by the people had a long-lasting effect. The people were not mentally prepared for such a step and much of the resultant pressure fell on the banks… Opposition parties organised a ‘Black day’ in the entire country and shared the pain of the people. Workers’ unions openly came forward and described demonetisation as an anti-national act.”

Rashtriya Sahara (editorial, November 9) writes: “Many eminent economists, including the former governor, RBI, Raghuram Rajan, have expressed their disapproval of demonetisation — looking at all aspects of it… about 56 per cent of people deny that black money has been snuffed out due to demonetisation. As far as controlling terrorism is concerned, most people are of the opinion that there has not been any reduction in insurgency.”

Roznama Khabrein, in its editorial on the same day, writes: “Whatever Dr Manmohan Singh had said about demonetisation was on the basis of logic and evidence, backed by facts and figures and his long experience. A serious consideration of his views was necessary because in his speech in the Rajya Sabha a year ago, he had said that there would be a fall of 2 per cent in the GDP and he was proved right.. It is regrettable that the government is not departing from its claims of success with regard to the historical blunder of demonetisation.”

Pollution challenge

Commenting on the situation in the capital and the surrounding region due to smog, Rashtriya Sahara (editorial, November 14) writes: “It is not the first time that the people of Delhi have faced this extremely hazardous atmospheric pollution. The situation has worsened during the last three years. Yet, no solid step has been taken by the government towards solving the problem. Whatever steps have been taken or are being taken are of a temporary nature.. It is true that schemes like ‘odd-even’ are not a lasting solution to the problem even if they offer some relief during while they operate.”

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The daily Siyasi Taqdeer, in its commentary on November 13, writes: “Experience shows that there is not much difference in pollution levels due to ‘odd-even’. Can this formula work on a permanent basis? If it is implemented over a long period of time, many citizens would think of buying another vehicle with a different registration number. Therefore, one has to think of a solution away from the ‘odd-even’ formulation.

Inquilab, in its editorial on November 10, writes: “We go to a doctor in case of ordinary ailments but we do not have a similar consciousness about environmental pollution that could cause serious ailments. We do not ever demand our right to a clean atmosphere in the towns. Have you ever known of an agitation against pollution in any part of the country, other than in Delhi? One wishes that those in power solve the problem of pollution with the help of technology. One also wishes that people would realise their responsibility in this regard and demand their right to a clean environment.”

Saudi upheaval

Commenting on the recent upheaval in the ruling dynasty in Saudi Arabia, Roznama Khabrein, in its commentary on November 12, writes: “With the arrests of personages of the royal family in Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the wali-ahad (future heir) of the ruling family has emerged as the real ruler of the country. In the name of the campaign against corruption, with these arrests, he has sidelined all those persons who could have been a hurdle to his road ahead.” The paper adds: “The influence of the US in the affairs of Saudi Arabia cannot be overlooked. It is interesting that only a few days before the Saudi arrests, the son-in-law and advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, had paid a visit to Saudi Arabia which was not much publicised. It is also worth mentioning that Prince Mohammad, who became the heir only four months ago is making every effort to project his ‘liberal’ image before the world.”

Siasat (editorial, November 7) writes: “Those looking for a logical outcome of the decisions taken by Wali Had Mohammad bin Salman should definitely remember the ‘Arab Spring’ because this movement had forewarned the khiza (autumn) on the future of royal rulers.”

Akhbar e Mashriq (editorial, November 7) speaks of how the common Arab citizen has become “apathetic and lazy” and thousands of princes have become ayyash (debauched) and nikhattoo (good for nothing).”