Demonetisation Has Brought Out The Worst Form Of Elitism Among India's Privileged Classes

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his government's plan to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes from circulation at a mere four hours' notice, much anxiety has prevailed among Indians resident in the country and elsewhere.
Their worries are essentially similar: Does my cash have no value at all now? How difficult will it be to get it swapped with the new money? How am I going to tide over the next few days?
These questions must have crossed the mind of almost every Indian in the last couple of days, but a vast section of the economically privileged classes seems to have processed them solely through an inherent, and urgent, sense of solipsism.
The obvious casualties of any war are usually the poor and the disenfranchised. This is true even more if the enemy under siege happens to be black money.
It won't be wrong to wager a guess that many among this sub-set of the middle and upper middle classes believe in growth first and human values last. A great many of them have voted the current, supposedly pro-poor government, into power. Some may even have been inconvenienced into postponing their parties to celebrate Donald Trump's presidential victory due to this temporary cash-flow problem.

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