Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 6: The Kerala police have detained Shashi Tharoor along with other Congress leaders outside the Reserve Bank of India office in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Reportedly, the leaders were protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise India’s two high currency notes. Tharoor had criticised the government over the poor implementation of demonetisation. Speaking against demonetisation, Tharoor called the move for a “cash-scarce” economy and not “cash-less” economy.
On the detention, Shashi Tharoor, who has now been released, told ANI
Tharoor in one of his earlier Twitter posts had called Modi a confused housewife who had just started baking the first ‘roti’ and called the whole family for dinner.
Shashi Tharoor has long been mocking and speaking against demonetisation since the decision to ban the nation’s two high currency notes came out on November 8. In November 2016, Tharoor had said that with demonetisation, India’s economy was plunged into chaos. “Modi’s stated goal was to make good on his campaign pledge to fight “black money”: the illicit proceeds – often held as cash – of tax evasion, crime, and corruption. He also hoped to render worthless the counterfeit notes reportedly printed by Pakistan to fuel terrorism against India. Nearly a month later, however, all the demonetization drive has achieved is severe economic disruption. Far from being a masterstroke, Modi’s decision seems to have been a miscalculation of epic proportions,” said Tharoor in a write-up.
In a Quint article, Shashi Tharoor wrote: “Since over 90 percent of all financial transactions in India are made in cash, and over 85 percent of workers are paid their incomes in cash, the everyday economy has ground to a standstill.”