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demonetisation Vs demonisation

Reported by rjrao, Edited by rjrao | Updated: Jan 02, 2017 06:48:03


By.R.Jagadeeswara Rao.


     Demonetisation, announced by the Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi on November 8, is being described by different sections in the society in different ways, taking into consideration its impact. Interpretations, as expected, differed and reached two extremes. How had the media described it? What are the headlines or captions of stories concerning demonetisation?  It depended, understandbly,  on how one interpreted the decision. However it brought out the creative or imaginative skills of scribes in describing this decision of the Prime Minister, which shook the entire nation. It is specially so in selection of words and phrases for captions for news items or stories. Normally it was the duty of scribes at the desk.

First it was described as ‘surgical strike’. This expression is borrowed from the ‘surgical strike’ of Indian army on Pakistan hide outs in retaliation of terrorists’ attack in Uri, Jammu& Kashmir. It was ‘surgical strike’ on black money, corruption and counterfeit currency, announced some news papers, evidently appreciating the ‘strike’. Opposition, however, described it as surgical strike on the poor. It was only expected. But the Supreme Court has its own description of the demonetisation. A week after the decision was announced, serpentine queues were seen at the banks and ATM counters in the entire country and the SC called it ‘carpet bombing’ and not a surgical strike, meaning probably that while ‘surgical strike’ hits the target only, ‘carpet bombing’ has a sweeping impact and hits  one and all. One is left wondering whether the comment had to do some thing in resepct of the relations between the judiciary and union government.

       An OP-ED article in the English Daily, Deccan Chronicle, by Mohan Guruswamy, a policy analyst, has this as caption “Note Ban : The Demonisation has begun…’. In the running matter, the writer says “ He (PM) has thus demonised the upper classes and fired the starting gun for class warfare that would have made Lenin and Mao proud…..” One is not sure whether the caption of the article was the choice of the scribe  at the desk or the writer himself. However the message of the article and the caption is clear.

Former Prime Minister, Dr. Man Mohan Singh, spoke  on demonetisation in the Rajya Sabha,  a good fortnight after it was announced. It may be recalled here that during his tenure as Prime Minister, he was described as ‘Maun Mohan Sing’ .  Every one knew why Dr. Singh was described thus. During an election meeting before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Narendra Modi, then only an aspirant for the Prime Ministerial  gaadi, said  “Once I spoke to Man Mohan ji ‘ and after giving some gap,he added ‘ I didn’t say Man Mohan ji Spoke’. The intention was very clear and the audience burst into laughter.

     Now a pocket cartoon in the Times of India,  described the demonetisation as ‘ de-maunetisation’ of Dr. Man Mohan Singh who spoke in the Rajya Sabha. The cartoon called the ‘de-maunetisation’ ‘side effect’ of demonetisation.

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