At a time when media and political discussions are hijacked by views that arise from blind following or unjustified hatred, we cannot overstate the importance of conjunctions in political discourse, and the need for qualified political support. Every issue that comes up divides people into opposing camps that are unwilling to hear what the other has to say. The only focus is on how they can prove the other side wrong – nay, project them as evil, and use the issue to their own political advantage. The current debate on demonetization is no exception. It has divided public opinion into those who support the ruling party (or the Prime Minister) and those who do not. In my opinion, a more constructive alternative is based on qualified support to the government on a move that I trust is executed with good intention. My own stand can best be summarized as follows:
I support Prime Minister Narendra Modi because I trust his intentions and ability, and believe that he is the best person available for the job.
But that does not mean I support everything that he says or does.
And yes, I support his demonetization move which I hope will go a long way in fighting the menace of corruption and black money.
Which, I suppose, is why opposition parties see this move as a threat to their own existence and feel a need to oppose it tooth and nail.
While I agree that the results of NaMo app-based survey is not very valuable because of the skewed sample, results from other more inclusive surveys and by-polls do indicate common man’s support for this initiative.
Even if the move has the support of a majority of the people, I wonder whether they understand its impact and implications well enough for their opinion to be indicative of whether the step is actually good for the country or not.
Though, it shows that people have trust in their PM, expect him to take radical steps to transform the nation, and that they are willing to make sacrifices and tolerate hardships towards that end – which I find very reassuring.
I don’t expect everybody to agree with my views, but I will be glad if they can appreciate that my support or opposition is not based on my allegiance to any party, nor on the adoration or hatred for a man, but instead on my best judgement on the issue at hand. Now that the ball has been set in motion and there is no turning back, I also think it is important for people to come together and lend their support to the government for a smooth implementation, so that people don’t have to undergo any more hardships than are absolutely necessary to usher in a major change.