Demonetisation: India Speaks -Part IV

Video byAabha Joshi, NeethuSaji and Kritika

Nine days has passed since Modi government has declared a ‘war’ against ‘black money’ by demonetizing Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes, claiming lives of almost 55 people. As the days pass by, the queues do not seem to get any shorter and the lives of the common people seem to have lost all importance.

As Jasuda Ben, Modi’s mother, walks inside the bank to deposit cash in the bank, the media publicized it, ignoring the millions of old women, standing in queues for hours, day after day, to exchange small amount of currencies. The apathy of the government cannot be unseen. Despite declaring tokenprovisions to counter the crisis, no concrete steps are taken to ensure effective solutions. For instance, all hospitals and medical shops have to accept the old currency notes, but due to the lack of disposable change, they do not accept the old notes. Hence, people have been unable to avail basic medical facilities.

This Episode accounts the struggle of the working class women of Bombay, who are forced to stand in long queues, sacrificing their daily wages. It also narrates how the working class remain the most exploited, who are compelled to accept old currency notes from their employers. These women condemn the anti-people policy of the government.

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