Some feel the new `2,000 note is ‘plasticky’. Others feel that the design of the bank note apes the dollar. And some are even unhappy with the ‘girly’ shade of pink. But one thing is for certain — Bhopal residents are not happy with the new note.
“It somewhat looks like dollar note. We copy the West in everything and this is not an exception… Ours is such an art-rich country, we have so many designers and artists… The government should have sought support from someone with an art or designing background. This is a disaster,” said Geetika Munjal, a student.
Ravindra Tuteja, a businessman, said he does not understand the reason for choosing pink as the colour of the note.” The earlier notes were far better good looking. I understand the urgency and seriousness behind banning the earlier notes overnight, but this note is not satisfactory when it comes to looks,” he said.
For Promila Bannerjee, a homemaker, the note looks like it is made of plastic. “It is very light. I stood in a queue at a bank since morning to exchange the older notes for the new ones and I expected something much better and serious-looking... I am sure people are going to miss the old notes,” she said.
However, Tapas Oveja, an economist, said that the new note was now a part of country’s currency and should be respected accordingly. “The surgical strike (against black money) was done silently and announced afterwards and… people were in a complete awe of him because it was a subjective issue. Here, a tangible thing is involved (with respect to the note) and therefore, the move is criticised through various means,” he said.