22/11/2016 10:43 AM IST | Updated 22/11/2016 3:34 PM IST

25 Illustrations That Nail The Demonetisation Debate In India

Will the real black money hoarders please stand up?


On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of demonetising ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency notes in order to rid India of the menace of black money was widely welcomed.

The past couple of weeks have been an emotional roller coaster. From being excited and hopeful that black money hoarders will finally be caught to being frustrated and tired of waiting in long queues outside banks and ATMs, we've experienced many emotions in a very short time span.

While there's hope that black money hoarders will be brought to justice, precious lives of innocent and poor people simply trying to exchange money have been lost.

Arguments have been made, both for and against demonetisation as a policy to combat black money. But illustrators and cartoonists, wielding their pens and brushes, seem to have had the last word.

Here's a sample:

1. RK Laxman's 1978 cartoon.

2. Corruption.

3. Old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes in your pocket.

4. Where's the change!

5. Troubles of the aam aadmi.

6. No chillar. None.

7. Oh, the satire.

8. Milking the opportunity?

9. "नोट नहीं, PM बदलो" -- Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter.

10. Demonetisation is a win or fail?

11. "Adjourned."

12. Chaos.

13. Indelible ink!

14. Those scam mails. Tables have turned?

15. "Minor inconvenience."

16. Plan B.

17. Where are you parking?

18. Ban effect.

19. The ₹2.5 lakh limit for wedding.

20. The pending cases.

21. Cash crunch.

22. The ₹500-crore Reddy wedding.

23. Jokes, jokes, everywhere.

24. The "what about our soldiers" argument in every debate.

25. Been (gedddit???) there, done that.

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