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New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia Univerity has sent an invitation to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be its annual convocation’s chief guest. PMO, however, has not given any confirmation yet.

Jamia Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmed said that they have not received any confirmation in this regard.

A number of students and alumni are apparently not in favour of inviting PM Modi as the chief guest. For after the 2008 Batla House encounter, Modi in a gathering in Gujarat had said that Jamia was the breeding ground of the terrorist. According to students, he thus accused university’s students of being terrorists.

Reports of Modi being invited as the chief guest has created a lot of resentment; many students are planning to write to VC on this issue or even going to the extent of boycotting the convocation ceremony.

The invitation also received support as some called it a bold and welcome move saying that “things have changed since 2008.”

PM Modi, the then CM of Gujarat, was just a state leader then but today he represents India. PM Modi on Friday in parliament said that his government’s only religion was India. If he goes to Jamia, the move will promote harmony in the country.

It is also important that in the future such controversial statements by top leaders are avoided which stoke nothing but conflict and leave a bad taste.

Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the leading, noted universities in the country.

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While it did broaden the country’s tax base, it was a nightmare for the immense, cash-dependent informal economy.

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Nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegal hoards of cash came back into the financial system, Resever Bank of India  has announced, indicating the move did little to slow the underground economy.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s currency decree, which was designed to destroy the value of billions of dollars in untaxed cash stockpiles, caused an economic slowdown and months of financial chaos for tens of millions of people or demonetization.

Modi announced in a November 2016 TV address that all 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes, then worth about $7.50 and $15, would be withdrawn immediately from circulation. The banned notes could be deposited into bank accounts but the government also said it would investigate deposits over 250,000 rupees, or about $3,700. The government eventually released new currency notes worth 500 and 2,000 rupees.

 

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An activist of Congress party hold the banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

 

In theory, the decree meant corrupt politicians and businesspeople would suddenly find themselves sitting on billions of dollars in worthless currency, known here as “black money.”

“A few people are spreading corruption for their own benefit,” Modi said in the surprise nighttime speech announcement of the order. “There is a time when you realize that you have to bring some change in society, and this is our time.”

But even as the decree caused turmoil for those in India who have always depended on cash — the poor and middle class, and millions of small traders — the rich found ways around the currency switch. In the months after the decree, businesspeople said that even large amounts of banned currency notes could be traded on the black market, though middlemen charged heavy fees.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with mayor, flickr

The reserve bank of India report said in its Wednesday report that 99.3 percent of the $217 billion in notes withdrawn from circulation had come back into the economy. Some officials had originally predicted that number could be as low as 60 percent.

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“Frankly, I think demonetization was a mistake,” said Gurcharan Das, a writer and the former head of Proctor & Gamble in India. He said that while it did broaden the country’s tax base, it was a nightmare for the immense, cash-dependent informal economy.

“You can’t overnight change that in a country which is poor and illiterate. Therefore, for me it’s not only an economic failure but a moral failure as well,” Das said. (VOA)