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From Mann Ki Baat to Jan Ki Baat on demonetization: JanJanKiBaat11

The co-founder of Jan Ki Baat, Akriti Bhatia, spoke to a boy present at a rally organized by the Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal. The rally was held to condemn the BJP government’s recent move of demonetization. The boy was unaware of the reason he was attending the rally. He was also not aware of the significance, or even the content, of the poster he’d been asked to hold up. The poster hinted at the alleged links between the PM and business groups, the Birla Group and the Sahara Group.

The PM of India, Narendra Modi, announced on the 8th of November, his government’s decision to demonetize the higher-denomination currency. The old ?500 and ?1000 notes were banned throughout India from morning of 9th November, with the citizens being allowed to either deposit their old notes in banks or get them exchanged, until the new ?500 and ?2000 notes come out. Such a move intended to renew the economic market place and rid the country of the black money it had accumulated till date.

The effects that demonetization has had on the residents of India have been poles apart, with some calling it a good enough cause to unite Indians and cultivate honesty and others seeing it as anti-poor, anti-middle class policy. The diverse reactions to it need to be recorded to understand the variety of effects financial policies have on different social classes and sections.


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