Thursday, December 1, 2016

Why the fear for change my fellow countrymen

When Narendra Modi-led BJP won the general elections in 2014, I have credited it to his coterie of political advisers and campaigners.
Did he change those set of people from his advisory panel now? I don't know and nobody has written about it so far. 
The black money debacle created by demonetisation efforts of the central government shows that either he formed a new panel to frame and implement daring policies, which I believe also include transforming India as a Hindu nation, or his advisers have gone wrong somewhere. 
While Modi won international acceptance as a statesman, he has become an utter failure in winning the support of his own people, especially the rivals. Shouldering with the powerful men and women of the world is part of protocol drama which ends with his five-year term. Though it is too early to say, the situation is bleak for him to return to power in next elections. 
My topic is not whether he will come back to power or not. I am one among those who are fascinated by the change happened to Modi, the prime minister. While Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, was someone to be hated, Modi the PM seemed to be someone whao has to be given a chance, at least for me. 
His latest effort in whitewashing the black money took off in a bad format. He should have introduced his plan for cashless society and then should have gone for midnight scraping of Rs500 and 1,000.
Being an expat Malayalee living outside of the country for more than a decade, I am familiar with cashless system more than an average Malayali. 
Even while I was in Kerala, where I began my career, I used to draw salary in my bank account and used to do card payment for shopping. So it is easy to establish that Malayalees are not new to card payment or receiving salaries in their bank accounts. In early 2000, I remember using my debit card at Spencers, Trivandrum. Of course, there were only one or two such shops then.
The same Kerala seems to be up in arms against the cashless transactions now.
I am not a Narendra Modi fan, but initiatives like this are really good for people. In one way, it is an intrusion of privacy as the governments will get to know about daily transactions or how much amount one sends or how much one earns. 
Let the state peep into our money transactions and get hold of black money hoarders. This is an opportunity for the common man to make the governments act upon the real villains in this game of hide and seek. So far, no governments, including Modi regime, haven't taken a constructive action on black money hoarders. No party will dare to do so, as it's the same people each party depends for 'contributions' during elections.
So let us lay bear our earnings and spending to the politicians so that they will also follow the suit. Why the fear to accept change my fellow countrymen when we don't have nothing to hide. 
Narendra Modi or any other prime minister must also understand even the country switches to digital mode, we cannot do away with cash transactions.
In a place like Dubai, where every other transaction is made available in smart apps, there are people who still prefer traditional means. In a big democracy like India, if a quarter of its people switch to cashless transaction it will make a big difference. 

Let the big brother watch us. Let him not forget his duties as a big brother.

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