Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s currency demonetization has received a lot of criticism for its haphazard execution. While PM Modi’s self-claimed 50-day trial period came to an end on December 30, the situation seems far from normal. While the social media is full of criticism for this move, an entire state took to the roads to get their message heard. People in the highly literate state of Kerala took to the streets to form a human chain that went up to 700 km to protest against Narendra Modi’s scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. This initiative was done in the leadership of their Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan and former chief minister, VS Achuthanandan. The pictures of the long human chain went viral, clearly reflecting current sentiments of the state people.
This unique way was used to garner people’s attention and clearly show their stand against currency demonetisation. More than one million people joined the protest and made a human chain from Raj Bhavan to Kasargode. The rehearsal event was done 15 minutes before the actual time and the people joined hands and finally formed the human chain at 5 pm. Each member of the human chain read out a pledge that was announced.
The event managed to gain the attention of national news and the human chain which passed through various districts like Kottayam. When PM Narendra Modi announced demonetisation on November 8, 2016, people were left in a state of complete shock and what followed was an unforgettable uproar from various protests and random chaos for the poor tax payer. As we eagerly await the Prime Minister’s announcement today, December 31 and wait for the plan ahead, this united move by an entire state is raising serious questions.