Three years of demonetisation: DeMo through memes
3 years from that fateful night, we take a humorous look at the decision which is still hurting the people, economy and the country.
There is India before demonetisation and there is India after demonetisation. It's not like everything was fine in India before the fateful night of 8th November 2016, but what followed was a complete mess- GDP growth plummeted, half of India was found standing in queues, at least 5 million people lost their jobs in the next two years, TV anchors found a new topic to shout about, the economy was casually crippled, more than 50 people died and netizens turned their pain into humour.
So in memory of those dark days and even darker humour, we decided that the best way to remember demonetisation on its 3rd anniversary would be through the jokes and memes that came out.
It all started with Prime Minister Modi announcing
Though the French queen PM Modi is (unfairly) compared with here never actually made the original quote, on the fine November evening the way 500 and 10000 rupee notes lost their legal tender status, it sure felt like that to the middle-class and the poor.
Honourable PM must've binged Mahabharata before coming up with the decision, though it was hardly the 'Bramhastra' he thought it would be.
Some called it a Tughlaqi decision, but unlike the loony king, our PM gave reasons. He said this 'sacrifice' of ours will eliminate corruption, black money and terrorism.
The two men famous for killing black bucks. pic.twitter.com/jmjz3EhfbY— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) December 27, 2016
Now whether or not that happened, standing in never-ending queues it felt like
Minutes after the announcement, panic-stricken people queued up wherever they found an hint of an ATM
Woh wala ATM chal raha hai shayad pic.twitter.com/K4kxdbiEhS— dorku (@Dorkstar) November 12, 2016
In these queues, many things happened
Met some hot singles in the ICICI Bank queue. Thank you Modiji. ????— Anuradha (@anuradha_kush) November 11, 2016
But mostly it was pain and suffering. ATMs will run out of new notes minutes after they will be filled, because the system could never be ready for such a shock
Girl "say those 3 magical words"— Rofl Gandhi 2.0 (@RoflGandhi_) November 17, 2016
ATM Guard "cash aa gaya " #DeMonetisation
New favourite game is seeing how close to an ATM I can get before the guard starts shaking his head— Rohan (@mojorojo) November 16, 2016
And when you'd go to banks
Plus the government kept shifting goalposts regarding its motive, goals and why DeMo is great. Along with it came new rules every day. Nobody was clear how to submit old currency, where to get new currency, what's the limit of transaction among other things.
In #DeMonetisation game, wherever the Ball Goes, BJP runs with goalpost and places it behind the ball and claims that's what Modi aimed for— Joy (@Joydas) December 4, 2016
New RBI rule. Depositing notes requires written approval from Duckworth, Lewis, Pythagoreas, Your great Grand Father & Rumi, in triplicate.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) December 22, 2016
In fact the chaos and the confusion were such, it even made Rahul Gandhi funny
Government orders after demonetisation: pic.twitter.com/5D5p0XX4MO— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 21, 2016
Us, human beings always learn from tough situations, and learn we did from waiting in the queues
After Demonetisation, I atleast know all the ATM locations around my area by heart. Thanks Modi ji.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) August 30, 2017
But the pepople who were facing even graver issues were mostly not from urban areas. In rural areas the situation was way worse. Smalls farmers and businessmen faced the worst blow, along with the unrecognised sector. The situation was so bad that even the government admitted to some deaths which took place because of demonetisation.
Media had no time for this, instead they were busy trying to prove how cool our new notes were
₹2000 note features— Wolfgang (@UniqueIdiot_) November 9, 2016
- iris scanner
- hd led display
- water resistance
- if you offer bribe, Gandhiji will slap you.
Satellite image after the Rs2000 currency note with GPS & Nano-chip is introduced! pic.twitter.com/vnlWUVhqVj— Kapil (@kapsology) November 9, 2016
Even the people who managed to get hold of the new 2000 rupees note had a problem
A post shared by Akshar Pathak (@aksharpathak) on Nov 8, 2019 at 2:28am PST
Coming to the promises of demonetisation, within less than a year of, RBI had this to say
On the other hand the level of cash with the public has grown faster than the GDP growth of the country and unemployment is at an all-time high.
Even three years from that fateful night, the horror and panic is still fresh in our minds, and laugh as we might, the joke is on us.