Lately, I have been pondering over PM Modi’s recent decision to pull out 500 and 1000 rupee notes from circulation to curb economic pollution in India. While some are saying it’s an effective move and others that Modi has stepped into Tughlaq’s shoes, I’ll prefer to stay away from doing yet another post-mortem analysis.
What intrigues me is the sudden change in people’s outlook on the 500 and 1000 currency notes. Prior to becoming victimized, a 500 rupee note was a distant dream for many in this country. It had the potential to make one feel secure, if not exactly ‘rich’. So much for a printed paper, it had respect! While serpentine queues now line up in front of ATMs and bank employees brace up to face a money-hungry crowd, the poor 500 and 1000 currency notes are getting their last rites done on Facebook trolls, posts, selfies or by burning away in some stinky sewer in Uttar Pradesh. Something which had so much importance even a few hours back now dwindles on the possibility of becoming a novel channa-garam holder! All because of a change in people’s perception.
The very concept of money exists as long as we think it does. Just like so many other things in the world. Boundaries for instance. So what if one fine morning the political superpowers decide to rub off the thin tortuous lines on the globe? And I hope they do, as that would save kids from the painstaking task of cramming up geography at least. It’ll change the entire concept of difference altogether! Racism, regionalism, communalism and so many other –isms which plague mankind will be dumped in the trash once and for all.
We are the architects of our own problems, the greatest of which are only in the mind. Yet we keep on looking for phantom solutions outside like fools. The mind is a shrewd politician that creates unrest and causes one to battle with oneself. What war is bigger than a war within? I don’t intend to be a self-help guru, but why not try to put our mind of matter for a change? Who knows, our problems might just go down the drain like the old 500 currency notes!