Now that Modi's 50 day demonetisation deadline is over, one would assume that the effects of the note ban would have begun wear off. One would assume that the lives of the citizens would come back to normal after it came to a screeching halt following Modi's currency change announced on 8 November. But the tribal village of Latifwadi has a different story to tell.
Latifwadi is stranded between the Mumbai-Nashik highway and the Kasara ghat. Its mountainous terrain means that the soil of the village is not fertile and hence the residents cannot sustain themselves purely through agriculture. The people of Latifwadi are compelled to work at the dhabas that run near the highway. Even the children do menial jobs at these restaurants at a paltry sum of Rs 100.
While one can argue that residents of Latifwadi would be the least likely targets of Narendra Modi's 'fight against black money', they had no choice but to bear the weight of the consequences. The same villagers who cannot even give a straight answer to "What is black money?" have to walk for over an hour everyday in the hope of getting some cash to make ends meet.
One simple question by the sarpanch of the village sums up a question that no one, not Prime Minister Modi, not the media and not even the intelligentsia has clearly answered about the demonetisation process. He simply asks, "How does it benefit the poor?"
Watch the video to find out more about our quest to dig out how demonetisation impacted daily lives in rural India.
Published Date: Jan 03, 2017 18:16 PM | Updated Date: Nov 06, 2017 18:57 PM