All stories showcased below are thanks to People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI). You can visit this page to read PARI’s coverage of demonetisation to learn how India’s most marginalized have been affected by it over the past year.
On Nov 8th 2016, the government decided to casually demonetise 86% of the country’s banknotes in circulation. In terms of an operating strategy, the government very prudently decided to have none. They allowed under-resourced incompetent banks and other government institutions to figure things out . To keep it interesting, withdrawal limits from ATMs and mechanisms to exchange currency were changed every week. And we learned that the rationale for demonetisation included but was not limited to killing black money, halting fake currency, stopping terrorism, annihilating Naxalites, making India a cashless utopia and overall showcasing that this government means business.
We are now celebrating one year of hapless citizens trying to figure out why their livelihoods were disrupted. Some of the Indians that are most celebratory are ones in rural India. These Indians, were introduced overnight to #NewIndia. A place where apparently everyone has easy access to bank accounts and ATMs stashed with cash and all systems work seamlessly while incorporating cashless transactions.
Demonetisation was an inconvenience to the country’s upwardly mobile urban Indians. To rural Indians, many of whom already live in heavy indebtedness, a loss of a few weeks of wages translates into hunger, desperation and sometimes death. But let’s not allow these inconvenient incidents to dampen our celebratory spirits. #AccheDin are here and we will continue to find ways to justify and rationalize any government action.
All stories showcased here are thanks to People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI). You can visit this page to read PARI’s coverage of demonetisation to learn how India’s most marginalized have been affected by it over the past year.