1. Demonetisation: “What India has done is commit a massive theft of people’s property – a shocking move for a democratically elected government”, says Steve Forbes

Demonetisation: “What India has done is commit a massive theft of people’s property – a shocking move for a democratically elected government”, says Steve Forbes

In a sharp attack on Indian government's demonetisation move, Steve Forbes, the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine has gone all out and said, what they have done to the money is 'sickening and immoral.

By: | Updated: June 29, 2017 4:27 PM
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In a sharp attack on Indian government’s demonetisation move, Steve Forbes, the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine has gone all out and said, what they have done to the money is ‘sickening and immoral. In an article written by Forbes in the magazine, he wrote about the government’s decision and called it a ‘massive theft of people’s property’. Forbes called the Indian bureaucracy to be ‘notorious’ for corruption, red tape and lethargy. In the article, Forbes has given an overview on how the demonetisation move was carried out by the Indian government; about the cash crunch, ATM queues, and the increase in governmental control over lives.

Forbes even went on to compare the decision with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s infamous sterilisation program in the 1970’s, calling it Nazi-like eugenics. Forbes wrote: “Not since India’s short-lived forced-sterilization program in the 1970s–this bout of Nazi-like eugenics was instituted to deal with the country’s “overpopulation”–has the government engaged in something so immoral.” Forbes has criticised most of the narratives which the government has been using to support the demonetisation move. He also wrote about how businesses are closing as companies are not able to pay their employees.

Forbes also condemned the excessive rules and taxes imposed by the Indian government, which he says is the reason of the informal operation of a cash-based economy. On the issue of terrorism, Forbes said that just a currency change cannot stop terrorists from committing evil acts of terror. On the issue of digitisation, he said that it will happen in a free market one way or the other, but it needs time. Forbes suggested that India should get rid of such a complex tax system, which is the main reason for tax evasion. Forbes suggestion for India is, “…slash income and business tax rates and simplify the whole tax structure; make the rupee as powerful as the Swiss franc; hack away at regulations…”

Also read | Is RBI the biggest failure of demonetisation?

Forbes lambasted the countries which have been making similar moves like demonetisation by using the reasons provided by the Indian government. He said that such a move is only about making the government have more control over personal lives. He wrote: “India is the most extreme and destructive example of the anti-cash fad currently sweeping governments and the economics profession.” He added that India, apart from immorally harming its own people, has also set a bad example for the rest of the world.

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  1. Ranjit Kickass
    Dec 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    If this white man had praised demonitisation, he would be hailed as a national hero...alas, white men who dare criticize government policy are easily condemned as "not knowing ground realities in OUR country".
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      Vinay
      Nov 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm
      Not sure how many people got harmed immorally with this act. A person with all white money should have saved a lot. I did because property rates which were at unnecessary hike had gone down immediately as it was more than 60 black market and I was able to purchase a land with less cost but all white. I noticed lots of black earning people stopped earning it that way. Though giants still escaped. looks like steve forbes is more concerned about the foreign firms loosing some of their money market due to these actions :P
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        Vijay A
        Nov 2, 2017 at 7:22 am
        Not really - no difference in property prices - the market was slow already..if you believe there is no black money now, u r living in fools paradise
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        1. Ranjit Kickass
          Dec 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm
          Even the government now agrees that hardly any black money was unearthed, terrorism continues unabated, digital India will happen only after a strong and reliable internet is established in rural India, there has been a huge negative impact on the economy due to demonetization, job creation has plummeted, and things that were told to us citizens was all "jhumla". How long will it take you, dear sir, and the thousands like you, to now brave up to the fact that you were taken for a major joy ride? Our egos do not make it easy to accept this, but I think we owe it to our nation to start questioning and holding our government answerable for it's actions. We can no longer enjoy the luxury of sitting back and being mute spectators. We blame a weak opposition? We ARE the opposition - without checks from the citizens, the best of governments can run amuck. Let us not allow this to happen, for we really don't have a viable alternative.
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          Rasheed Siddiqui
          Nov 1, 2017 at 10:07 am
          Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, a noted economist stated Demonetization is an organized loot by current government headed by Honble Narendra Modi.. Forbes have righty analyzed the concatenated effects of demonetization.. Modi economics is hurting and destroying India and Indians..
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            Kaustubh Deshpande
            Oct 31, 2017 at 6:39 pm
            If the money has been clearly accounted for and used for clearing the debts created by the earlier government and strengthening the national defense, then Steve Forbes article is completely out of sync. He seems to be eager to please an Italian Mother and son for reasons best known to him.
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              Manish Bhatnagar
              Sep 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm
              Perfectly said being an economist I would have prefer a concrete tax collection mechanism instead of demonetisation. The result of demonetisation is almost nil but if Indian govt could have laid or made the system totally digital it would have given the entire different results. Still people are dealing in cash. Why the bloody cash is required in this digital world. Solid tax collection mechanism and payment by electronic mode would be a win win situation for Govt as well as for the genuine tax payers for economy also. Some would say now what will happen with uneducated people the answer is they ran their lives in Nov and dec16 too. And why not Indian politicians make it compulsory to declare the real assets by every body and link to aadhaar? It's all mind game by top public servants since they are the biggest beneficiary of real estates. .
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                Prasun Das
                Sep 10, 2017 at 12:09 am
                Well, Congress has Rahul Gandhi. Forbes magazine has Steve Forbes.
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                  Vishnuprasad
                  Sep 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                  And we have Narendra Mody
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                  Soan wig
                  Sep 9, 2017 at 1:04 am
                  Actually govt was not certain abt the results of demonetisation.neither they do their homework before applying it.its certainly lose ful act for economy which is running by cash abt 80-90 .first they tell us .its abt blocking the funding to terrorist,to bring black money from economy and throwing out fake currency from economy.after getting no positive result they change their tune and heading for cashless economy .wen they didn't get efficient result then they heading for tax reform cause. Actually they were nt sure abt doing their most foolish act in indepandant india. What is the result? 1 black money comes out from total currency. Terrorist attack are still in. Fake currency also made by some places.digital payment didnt grow. Where its proudful wen so many jobs are gone
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                    Javeed
                    Oct 4, 2017 at 7:25 am
                    It is so pathetic that even opening this discussion stinks. It is mockery of democracy ever come across.
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                    Vichu
                    Sep 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                    This fool who proposed a flat tax and nearly destroyed the poor and the middle class of our nation talking fiscal policy?
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                      Sarma
                      Sep 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm
                      Bull
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                        rajangam dhanuskodi
                        Sep 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm
                        This gentleman Steve Forbes has no idea about the conditions prevailing in India. India was ruled by a National party named Congress for decades. During this long tenure there was hectic development through Government Projects like building Dams, bridges, starting big public sector undertakings, Nationalization of Banks etc. up to the time of Indira Gandhi. After that period it was steady decline. Counterfeit currency, which was pumped into India by Pakistan to spoil Indian economy, was a big setback. Black money circulation was huge which with terrorist funding was done. To nail these problems Demonetization was brought about by Narendra Modi Government. He took a very grave risk in introducing it which would have cost his job as PM. There were initial setback and teething troubles, but more or less the economy got stabilized somewhat. Forbes does not know anything about this. He has just thrown mud on demonetization move without any deep research. That is a fact.
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                        1. Ranjit Kickass
                          Dec 24, 2017 at 11:51 am
                          You are only stating the justifications that the government constantly drummed into our heads. No doubt, they were successful in making lakhs of people like you believe and regurgitate their propoganda. But if you do want to really know the facts, listen to people like Subramaniam Swamy of the BJP, read articles written by politically unprejudiced economists. Their is a wealth of information out there, if one truly wants to know.
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                        2. Bhaskar Srinivasan
                          Sep 7, 2017 at 10:54 am
                          Fully agree
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                            SS
                            Sep 7, 2017 at 6:54 am
                            Unfortunately Steve has expressed is opinion on half baked info that has been fed to him. A person of his stature should b making comments after properly researching his facts.
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                            1. Ranjit Kickass
                              Dec 24, 2017 at 11:44 am
                              Yes, please educate him, and us, O knowledgeable one.
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                            2. Ashok Sahu
                              Sep 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
                              Demonetisation has definitely helped even fake currencies getting in to RBI garbage along with genuine old currencies. It is how our Banks function and the RBI regulates. If properly investigated, even these transactions can be detected and persons involved can be located. Ministry of Finance has faltered several times during 08/11/2016 and 31/03 2017.
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                                Andy
                                Sep 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                                Steve Forbes --- where is the material in this article to prove your point. Stop putting baseless allegations without understanding the country's issues. Bunch of baloney
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                                  Ranjan
                                  Sep 6, 2017 at 8:26 am
                                  All the people who are saying in this comments section, how much money they loose because of demonetisation. I think some people so happy to be slave, don't sought last 60 years. Now suddenly they become intligense, this is the biggest development about this govt, at least educated mass, who don't care about government doing before, now discussing. If people our country geneuinly involve and understand the move, with out getting biased by 3rd party comments. We are in good way to go. Oterwise our next generation will have a most worst things to see.
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                                  1. Ranjit Kickass
                                    Dec 24, 2017 at 11:32 am
                                    Actually one of the signs of good governance is that the government works in the background, and does not intrude in the daily lives of citizens. We are left to go about our lives without having to worry what the government is doing moment to moment. With that in mind, please read your comment again.
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                                  2. Firoz Khan
                                    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:07 am
                                    Excellent piece. Reality and the real immoral intention are exposed in no uncertain terms. GOI should feel ashamed but it won't.
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                                      Robin
                                      Sep 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                                      How much did you lose? And how much did you gain by evading taxes earlier?
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                                      1. Ranjit Kickass
                                        Dec 24, 2017 at 11:42 am
                                        Sir, your sarcasm is dripping with ignorance.
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                                      Jasbeer Singh
                                      Sep 5, 2017 at 11:30 pm
                                      Dear Modiji har govt job keliye pehla preference schedule caste ya schedule tribe ko hi milta hai aur har govt keliye age criteria maximum 35 saal tak hi hota hai. jise bichare 35 ya uske upar kelog chahte hue bhi govt job keliye appy nahi kar sakte...hum apse request karte hai ki govt job keliye jo age limitations ya criteria ko hata diya jaye jiseki har mamuli ya garib insaan ko kam se kam 15-20 saal keliye govt job milna chahiye jise ki wah bhi apne pariwar keliye ya bachon ki shaadi kar sake apne pariwar ki madad kar sake....please aap se ye humble request hai ki aap is vishay ke baare me sochenge aur kisi bhi insaan ko naraaz nahi karenge...hum sabhi ko govt job kam se kaam milna hi chahiye aisa kuch kijiye
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                                        Jasbeer Singh
                                        Sep 5, 2017 at 11:16 pm
                                        Respected modiji apne central govt employee ke baarr me to socha par bpo call centre employee ke liye bhi sochiye client per seat keliye 23000/- se 28000/- company ko pay karte hain par company ke management apne employee ko sirf 10000/- se 12000/' ya zada se zada 13500/- hi pay karte hai...aap se nivedan karte hai ki bpo call centre ke employees ko bhi minimum 16000/- se 20000/- in hand har employee ko milna chahiye aisi koi tarkeeb ya rule nikaliye
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                                          sudheermehta
                                          Sep 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm
                                          In my view, this has no clue how happily people in villages received demonatisation and some good its doing. He thinks he need be recognised as intellectual!!
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                                            Aurobindo Ghosh
                                            Sep 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm
                                            He is right. Look at Indians, they are so informal and highly unprofessional. How can this country grow if people are shortsighted savages? Winston Churchill was right when he said that India will be ruled by evil and corrupt forces if the British empire ejects out of India.
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                                              Robin
                                              Sep 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm
                                              It was ruled by corrupt people for the larger part of 70 years ... no longer
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                                            2. Lathor Honey Singh
                                              Sep 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                                              Now a days I feel so insecure because of this govt...its prying and poking its ugly nose into everything!! Almost like a Fasict regime.... it's time we yield power to overthrow or atleast bring coalition in the government... else this govt is running full time dictatorial. Very hateful to democracy.
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                                                Raghu
                                                Sep 6, 2017 at 12:53 am
                                                sorry we do not have an proper alternative either. The other options we have are Congress - UPA, who will drown the country even further in corruption with Pappu being an Pappu in everything 3rd front, who will fight among each other for the PM post forget about improvements in the country just like the past (ref: I,K, Gujral, Deva Gowda - even Sharad Pawar, Mulayam, Mamata, Lallu wanted to be PM's other than the Left parties who would take no further than a second to mix us with China). And please don't say Kejriwal is an option, I would rather have Farooq Abdullah as an PM when you compare him with Arvind
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