Money, it’s a gas / Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash,” sang Pink Floyd in their seminal 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon”. Not anymore, as many would vouch for after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surgical strike on black money and fake notes.
What was meant to be a war on hoarders and tax defaulters have turned into a crisis for the general public. But amid the gloom and anger which has descended in several parts of the country over the demonetization scheme, Odisha, somehow seems to be an oasis of peace. Not because people in this part of the world have more cash to spare, or that they aren’t facing the brunt of the cash crunch, but because they are ready to bear it out with a smile and a shrug — all in the belief that it would lead to some good.
Click Here To Read – Naveen Stands With Narendra Modi
Here, the winds of change are not blowing up a storm, but are rather having a calming influence, the larger feeling being that the crackdown is justified to prevent those who have been depriving the middle-class and the poor for so long.
“Why should I mind waiting for an hour here. The government has given me a chance to be a part of the process to curb black money. I have listened to the Prime Minister’s address to the nation. It’s a historic move. My problem is nothing compared to that,” said Shashank Purohit, a college student who stood in a queue for more than an hour to withdraw cash from an ATM near KIIT Square.
What has helped in maintaining the general feeling of calm is chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s unconditional endorsement of the move.