Well, no, we didn’t. Virender Sehwag, in his flamboyant way, took to Twitter and questioned the aam aadmi’s woes and impatience at standing in long queues outside ATMs and banks. Sehwag cited the example of Shaheed Hanumanthapa, who had spent 6 hours under 35ft of snow at -45°C and said that if the soldier could do that, then we could surely wait for a few hours for the greater good of our nation. Respectable sentiment, of course, but the concept of “we” in the tweet was not easy to grasp. Pardon if proven otherwise, but it is safe to assume that the cricketing legend himself never stood in a line outside ATMs or banks and that too for hours. Neither did Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan for that matter – all VVIPs who are going ga-ga over the demonetisation drive. While no one is arguing that the scheme is bad or should not have been implemented (it could have saved India a lot of bother it it had been done with better implementation of course), still the sentiments expressed by these folks are over-the-top.
Shaheed Hanumanthappa waited 6days,35ft under snow,in-45°C,in hope of being rescued.
Surely,we can wait few hrs in line to rescue Our Nation pic.twitter.com/TKvpsZ3KCH
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 14, 2016
A valid argument against these statements might be that their presence would create a ruckus amongst the crowd, making it impossible to actually get the job done. Aye, but none of that matters. It simply means that these honourable men and women are immune to the nuances and the troubles of the public. Earlier today, Virat Kohli lauded the Prime Minister’s announcement of demonetisation as the best decision of all time. Debatable topic but the statement was just another cliche – surprising, considering the the iconic cricketer is known to talk straight on most matters.
Farsighted. Extremely smart. And not politically motivated. Will bring such a positive change for Indian economy. Great move @narendramodi
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 9, 2016
Shah Rukh Khan knows his economics. The great implications of a high denomination currency are not lost on anyone. But again, even your everyday momo wala will refuse to grant you change. Yes, grant is the right word in these circumstances. And it is not because, momo wale bhaiya doesn’t love the nation, but because he too has a life to lead.
Bollywood’s moral education teacher, Aamir Khan said that the short term disruption in the life of a common man should not come ahead of the long-term achievements. I am quite sure, ‘Raju Rastogi’ would disagree.
Salman Khan too said that that move was a massive hit against black money. Of course, his driver would gladly stand in a queue for him to withdraw the new currency.
T 2435 – the new 2000 rs note is PINK in colour … the PINK effect ..!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 8, 2016
Sire, with all due respect, your movie was released, was moderately likeable and a page was turned. Chapter over. We are seriously done with the PINK statuses. There is no connect and this one looks such a put-up show, tacky even.
There were countless other celebrities, legends and superstars who have lauded the demonetisation process and they are within their rights to do so. But suggesting that one must ignore the short-term difficulties in people’s lives for a long term goal, especially when you do not have to stand in the same shoes as the rest of us, is a tad hypocritical. I mean, when was the last time any of ‘us’ saw any of ‘you’ in a queue anywhere?