How Demonetisation Gave the Naxals a ₹30-Lakh Bonfire


How Demonetisation Gave the Naxals a ₹30-Lakh Bonfire

Illustration: Akshita Monga


he meeting held in a jungle hideout, atop a hill, was intense but orderly. Lit by battery-powered lamps on a cold November night last year, the secret meet had been scheduled to discuss ways and means to strengthen the module, but the announcement of instant demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1000 notes by the Modi sarkar a day before, called for a change in agenda.

The jungle hushed around a gathering of armed men in the silence of the night, as the buzz of animated chatter took over. The top commanders of Bihar’s Aurangabad module of Maoists, stood at a distance, discussing survival in the time of demonetisation. To keep the module flag flying high, was always an important part of the agenda and various means from propaganda to funding were discussed but suddenly, one of the most critical “means” had been turned into nothing but worthless paper. This news had the potential of destroying the module.