Demonetisation -- the word that has come to define the life of all Indians since November 8.
The government’s decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes has divided opinion, with the move being variously called historic, a masterstroke, financial anarchy and economic emergency. Social media is one space were these divergent views are being shared tirelessly.
But, people are choosing innovative ways to be heard. Music videos are a popular choice. People are singing in many Indian languages -- Bhojpuri, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu -- with Bhojpuri leading the pack.
A list of some of the most interesting songs:
Most of the Bhojpuri songs appreciate the move though some do talk of the inconvenience of standing in long queues. Chotu Bharadwaj, who hails from Prime Minister Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, for instance, was among the first ones to come up with a song. Titled Modiji Note Band Kaile, the song hails PM’s courage in taking the issue by its horns.
Popular Punjabi singer-actor Nishawn Bhullar was one of the first persons to come up with a song. He released Modi Game La Gaya on November 9, hailing the decision.
A Rajasthani song released a week ago claims the move hurts the rich not the poor.
Yet another Rajasthani song, set to the tunes of a typical disco song, appreciates Modi for the move.
Uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday, this song by ‘Sonali from Chennai’, lauds all the recent major moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including demonetisation.
A group of women in Coimbatore came up with an innovative way to protest against the lack of cash in ATM machines. They mourned the death of an ATM by laying flowers at the ATM and singing funeral songs.
And here’s a satirical take on the issue from the person from Telangana:
A week ago, Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam released a three-minute video where he talking about the long-term benefits of the currency cull.
YouTube channel The Metronome uploaded a goodbye song for the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
(With inputs from Sweta Kaushal)
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