Demonetisation politics has now become dirty and personal. The opposition has made it a Prime Minister Narendra Modi vs the rest fight. The more this battle grows in intensity, the faith of PM Modi’s supporters across the country in their leader would reach new highs. At the same time, the Opposition risks losing their credibility.
But then India is a democracy. There is a saying that when you tell a lie several times, it becomes truth. This applies more so in India where politicians continue to exploit the old social divides. For several lies are now truth — that Dalits are being persecuted across the country, that Muslims have enemies all around them. The newest of the lies being propagated by leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee is that the demonetisation is an anti-poor move. That increasing bank deposits would never be of any help to the poor.
Amidst the politics, what the opposition never tells the people as to how the economy functions. They do not tell them that banks can’t go on a vacation abroad with so much cash in their branches.
Ever since PM Modi came to power, the Opposition has lost no opportunity to attack him, even if it was for the good. Demonetisation is a welcome relief, for it is not about some intolerance or beef. For the first time since May 2014, all political parties are talking about economy, money, poverty and they are getting exposed.
To provide an intellectual critique of demonetisation, the Opposition Congress unleashed ex-PM and economist Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha. Singh didn’t criticise the motive behind demonetisation but yet gave some fodder to the Opposition by calling it “organised loot and plunder.”
Interestingly, Singh had presided over probably the biggest organised loot and plunder of the country as part of the UPA-I and UPA-II.
Today, the opposition parties carried out protest rallies across the country but didn’t receive much support from common people. People participating in the protest rallies included mostly party members.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee vowed on her life that she wouldn’t rest unless PM Modi is thrown out of Indian politics. Kejriwal even tried to give a religious angle to the demonetisation protests by tweeting how Hindus have been hurt by PM Modi’s move.
Meanwhile, the Parliament remains stalled. People are finding innovative ways to deal with the cash crunch. Several other are helping those in need. Many have also suffered in the process. But protests don’t seem to help those standing in the queues. India can discuss the impact of demonetisation only after a few months. But with unrelenting protests at present, one wonders if the Opposition is strengthening the democracy or plotting for anarchy.