Read who said what in 2016…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 08th November 2016, had taken the nation by surprise, when he announced demonetisation of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes with immediate effect from midnight. He had referred to this exercise as a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.
While people in US on the same night were counting their votes, people back in India got busy counting their notes. Social Media platforms erupted with numerous posts, comments, opinions and more, all within a few hours of time. Every Indian, for across sectors, had something to say, with or without analysis. Perhaps, most comments were first hand reactions without understanding what common man had in store for him in the next few days/months.
However, the suspense on the success or failure of this sudden implementation is being put to rest, with RBI coming up with their final report on demonetisation on 29th August, 2018. As per the report, more than 99% of banned currency notes were deposited back to various banks from 08th November 2016 until 30th December 2016.
The Celebrity brigade too had lots to say, on the then quoted ‘masterstroke’ of the Prime Minister. They seemed to be happiest by this bold move calling it as ‘Service to the Nation’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that from midnight, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes would become redundant and that banks would be closed for the next day and ATMs for the next two days. We bring to you several reactions just after demonetisation, that came from leading stars to producers, directors and others associated with the movie business, not excluding some of the sportspersons too – all exhibiting their economic acumen:
While the reactions from all above could be considered as supporting the narrative given by the Prime Minister at that time, however, it leaves us with a significant question,
Whether celebrities with mass influence should comment instantly, on issues relating to National Interest?