While Prime Minister Narendra Modi "saluted the countrymen for supporting the decision" of demonetisation all the way from Japan, where he is currently on a three-day visit, the common man in India is witnessing and undergoing a different situation entirely.
After ruling that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes are no longer legal tenders, the PM had said that this move will flush out black money from the country. Today, he added in Japan's Kobe, "Desh ke gareebon ne ameeri dikhayi, ameeron ki gareebi toh bohot baar dekhi hai."
Of course, in India, people have been standing in queues outside banks and ATM booths and losing their patience due to unavailability of funds. And the situation seems to be going out of control now with reports of numerous clashes across India, outside banks and ATM booths. In Madhya Pradesh's Chatarpur region, a ration shop has also reportedly been looted by people.
The death of an infant near Mumbai after a hospital's refusal to accept deposits in Rs 500 denominations has also been reported.
...people have money but can't use it. Unable to buy food, they have started to loot. The honest Indian tax payer has been brought down. pic.twitter.com/J5zT5uUlZE— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) November 12, 2016
...and this one from Ahmedabad. Complete countrywide chaos. People are angry, losing their patience. They want their money to feed families. pic.twitter.com/oaOjEpCZp8— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) November 12, 2016