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.

RK Laxman's Cartoon from 1978 when #demonetisation was tried https://t.co/VaEuCtMFIPpic.twitter.com/wt0w1eDvdG

— Reddit India (@redditindia) November 9, 2016

2. Corruption.

#DeMonetisation#ModiFightsCorruption this cartoon politician reminds you of some one? #mumbaimirror#cartoonpic.twitter.com/MbFZp4sUa8

— hemant morparia (@hemantmorparia) November 10, 2016

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

Cash is trash! @mail_today cartoon #BlackMoneypic.twitter.com/seXG9NHtVf

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 9, 2016

4. Where's the change!

#DeMonetisation gandhi not to the rescue this time #cartoon#mumbaimirrorpic.twitter.com/j1Qn25eV0f

— hemant morparia (@hemantmorparia) November 11, 2016

5. Troubles of the aam aadmi.

@the_hindu 'a cartoon today nails it on #DeMonetisationpic.twitter.com/ApX5TBq6Uy

— Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) November 12, 2016

6. No chillar. None.

Happy 'chillar'den's Day! Sify cartoon #ChildrensDay#DeMonetisationpic.twitter.com/mAQZwrsakj

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 14, 2016

7. Oh, the satire.

8. Milking the opportunity?

Cash Cow! @mail_today cartoon #CashCleanUp#DeMonetisationpic.twitter.com/7FhOlPOtwL

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 14, 2016

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

This cartoon depicts why political leaders criticizing demonetisation @ArvindKejriwal@OfficeOfRG@yadavakhilesh @ @sudhirchaudharypic.twitter.com/CmWUYqAcYu

— Batman (@batmanbhai844) November 12, 2016

10. Demonetisation is a win or fail?

11. "Adjourned."

12. Chaos.

the lines keep getting longer and bigger...#mumbaimirror#cartoon#DeMonetisationpic.twitter.com/S6huD3MeuW

— hemant morparia (@hemantmorparia) November 15, 2016

13. Indelible ink!

14. Those scam mails. Tables have turned?

for afternoon readers #DeMonetisation#cartoon#mumbaimirrorpic.twitter.com/EHaLcczPjp

— hemant morparia (@hemantmorparia) November 17, 2016

15. "Minor inconvenience."

16. Plan B.

Okay...here is plan B...!#BlackMoney#DeMonetisation

Brilliant cartoon by @keshav61

Courtesy @TheHindupic.twitter.com/BiTQ0qrMmE

— janakiraman (@periyakulam) November 18, 2016

17. Where are you parking?

Parking free! @mail_today cartoon #DeMonetisation#BlackMoneypic.twitter.com/Hk6zXmgKO9

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 18, 2016

18. Ban effect.

19. The ₹2.5 lakh limit for wedding.

Cash For Wedding! Sify cartoon #cashcrunch#DeMonetisationpic.twitter.com/RFjQ28enSC

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 18, 2016

20. The pending cases.

#SupremeCourt says situation after #demonetisation serious, fears riots. My #cartoonpic.twitter.com/d52KCUtjq4

— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) November 19, 2016

21. Cash crunch.

Surgical Strike? Sify cartoon #DeMonetisation#CashCrunchpic.twitter.com/U0fwZuxbeA

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 12, 2016

22. The ₹500-crore Reddy wedding.

Reddy Wedding! @mail_today cartoon #demonetization#ReddyWeddingpic.twitter.com/u7gLNrq31F

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 21, 2016

23. Jokes, jokes, everywhere.

Happy People! @mail_today cartoon #demonetization#cashchaospic.twitter.com/2Yn8y39QrV

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 19, 2016

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

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

Cash Queue! @mail_today cartoon #CashRush#cashchaospic.twitter.com/8HXhUsVnRh

— Satish Acharya (@satishacharya) November 13, 2016

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