As the wedding season approaches, families find themselves in a peculiar situation. With the drastic cancellation of tender character of bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations, people are stranded with currency that is now not being accepted by vendors.
Traditionally, the catering and decorating industry is cash-dependent and many, especially in lower middle class families, have been thrown in the deep end with a fixed limit on daily transactions. A lot of money exchange during weddings happen in cash, including payment to vendors, gifts and pre-bookings.
A bride's father in Bihar's Kaimur district succumbed to a heart attack allegedly worrying that the groom's family might reject the amount of Rs 35,000 he had collected in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes as dowry, jeopardising his daughter's future, as the bank notes were scrapped overnight.
However, in Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to an audience about the havoc wreaked after the demonetisation move in a tone vastly different from what he used to address his countrymen in India. Modi is seen laughingly telling the audience that in homes that are preparing for marriage, there is suddenly a cash crunch. The audience bursts into laughter at the PM's comical hand gestures that make light of the inconvenience caused to millions.
The clip has gone viral.
Is this funny for you Mr.Modi?— பரம்பொருள் (@paramporul) November 13, 2016
and those morons laughing at the background..😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/ovlFSr1sjB
They say, Modi cried in Goa. Just the other day he was laughing at us in Japan.— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) November 13, 2016
Is the megalomaniac bipolar?
The reactions have mostly been that of anger and disbelief.
Most Importantly, In India, This is the start of the Wedding Season. Lot of cash expenses take place at weddings. That'll be hampered badly!— Mangalam Maloo (@blitzkreigm) November 8, 2016
Mulayam demands roll back of #demonetisation decision for few days in view of wedding season, suggests people be given a week's time.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 10, 2016
Wait it's not only modi who is laughing at the plight of people, the bhakts do too. How else the man runs the show, he has got the audience.— Kanika (@nskathy) November 13, 2016
If most of d urban ppl standing in d q r also voters of Modi & Modi is laughing @ their plight, no issue!— H.A.Shankaranarayana (@HAShankaranaray) November 13, 2016
They r reaping what dey hav sown!
Modi laughing while saying "Ghar me Shadi hai, Paise to hai nahi"— Pulkit Sharma (@pulkitsharma141) November 13, 2016
Does this illiterate hv any idea that lives r getting ruined due to this?