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In a speech full of faulty economic reasoning, Modi made one factual claim – the number of Indians with official incomes greater than Rs 10 lakh is just 24 lakh. If demonetisation really works, he needs to up that figure substantially in the next two years.
On Saturday evening, Modi addressed the country for the second time after the demonetisation announcement. Here’s what he had to say.
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The national president of Swaraj India discusses the Sahara-Birla diaries, funding of political parties and how demonetisation has wrecked the rural economy in the last 50 days.
Vegetable sellers, petty traders, autowallas continue to suffer with little hope of recovery after their businesses shrunk by nearly a half after demonetisation.
The penalty for holding more than ten old notes may include financial fines and a jail term of up to four years in certain cases.
It is dangerous for the government to seek financial stability at the cost of people who entrust their money to banks.
A concerned son’s account of the effect that demonetisation has had on his octogenarian parents’ daily lives.
The claims, and their popularisation, were further hobbled by glaring regulatory failures and/or a lapse of other checks.
While the prime minister is partly right, it isn’t the whole picture and there is certainly more than enough blame to go around.
Last week Rahul Gandhi had alleged that documents seized by tax officials during raids proved that PM Modi, as Gujarat chief minister, had taken money from the Sahara and Birla groups.
The coal market in the region, which saw hope after the Supreme Court recently allowed transportation of coal from the mines of Meghalaya, is facing fresh hardship post demonetisation.
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The official line seems to be, ‘Show me your money but I won’t show you my records’.
Though still important as a vote-bank, the politically fractured Patel-community may no longer be central to deciding who wins Gujarat.
The fishermen fear that the project will affect the coastal area near Mumbai, threaten the natural aquatic ecosystem and consequently affect their livelihood.
If the Modi government is serious about acting against black money and corruption, why is it shying away from regulating political funding?
Rs 500 crore was deposited in the head office of the ADC Bank, in which the BJP president is a director, within three days of the demonetisation announcement.
Can an objective observer say with certainty that Jayalalithaa conducted her personal finances with the absolute probity? ‘No’ would be the honest answer.
More than a colossal waste of public money, the proposed statue represents the contempt India’s rulers have for the people in whose name they govern.
Unless we find genuine human empathy, as opposed to the politically manufactured kind, we will be easier victims of propaganda.
It is in both the Congress and the BJP’s interests that these records are not looked into; the Supreme Court should step in and insist on a proper investigation.
Although Central Asia holds many strategic advantages for India, not much has been done to take this forward. But recent developments in our neighbourhood could serve as the much-needed wake up call to New Delhi to pursue its regional policy plans.
The prime minister’s words will be meaningless, other than to draw attention to Rahul Gandhi’s cause, unless he supports them with actions to reform political funding.
One of the government’s biggest failures has been its handling of Kashmir, singularly blaming Pakistan for everything that went wrong without understanding the nature of civil violence in the state.
Najeeb Jung’s tenure as lieutenant governor of Delhi has been marked by repeated disputes with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on issues of jurisdiction.
For those employed in the cash-intensive informal sector, even a temporary break in the set pattern of earning and saving could push them into a cycle of debt.
Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Modi had taken money from the Sahara and Birla groups during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister.
Obedience and conventionality seem to have reasserted themselves as core values, as the rebellious spirit of Delhi declines.
The protestors are working as daily wagers despite serving Banaras Hindu University for two or three decades.
How does Narendra Modi’s demonetisation “surgical strike” help deal with the problem of black money in politics? The answer is simple: It doesn’t.