Person of the Week: Manmohan Singh


Person of the Week: Manmohan Singh

Illustration: Mandar Mhaskar/ Arré


ver since “demonetisation” became the cool new thing in town, social media has been like a party where all guests eat with their mouths open. In some quarters the jokes were as lit as John Oliver on election night, in others the conversations got as dark as Shiny Ahuja’s past. As is social media’s lot, some people took the discourse to idiotic heights, comparing standing in line for the Coldplay concert to standing at an ATM to withdraw your own money. In some cases, where the argument got especially uninformed, the result was two grown men tweeting “PM rox!!!” and “PM is a sux” at each other for hours with no consensus in sight.

Which brings me to the point: Everyone has an opinion on demonetisation, and most of them are not very good. What everyone needed in this situation was a person of repute to walk in, take charge, and tell us exactly what this demonetisation business actually meant for the economy rather than the “stand in line and black money vanishes” refrain that bhakts have been on about. Since the new RBI Governer Urjit Patel has been playing hard to get all week, this insight came from a man known to be so quiet that he could be standing in a corner of your bedroom for hours before you noticed him.