This post has been self-published on Youth Ki Awaaz by Karthik Shankar. Just like them, anyone can publish on Youth Ki Awaaz.

10 Quick Tips To Deal With The ‘Inconvenience’ Of Demonetisation

More from Karthik Shankar

By Karthik Shankar:

One week ago, Narendra Modi surgically captured every Indian’s heart with his move on black money. And this was before he melted our hearts this week with more tears than a Karan Johar melodrama. It’s time for everyone to recognise that Modi is upgrading India’s dreams so that every citizen will have a plastic card and absolutely no cash.

Here are 10 tips that will help any urban city dweller, who is suddenly scared about their non-Amazon purchases over the next few months, come to grips with this audacious, anti-corruption move.

1. Defer Unnecessary Expenses

Hold off on paying your house help, driver or anyone whose livelihood depends on you. Offer them good wishes, some leftovers that you packed from a restaurant, and tell them that purification always burns. Don’t spend too much headspace on their plight. Like Modi said, the poor are enjoying a sound sleep. Dead people always do.

2. Upgrade Your Lifestyle

Remember, that incredible cook at the local dhaba you frequent, understands that everyone is making a huge sacrifice, most of all you. Go to restaurants that accept only debit and credit cards and turn away those who don’t fit their sartorial standards. Stop visiting mom and pop stores and visit Reliance Fresh. Spare a thought for the sacrifice of all those who can’t buy rice before you wolf down your home-delivered Pepperoni pizza.

3. Invoke Our Soldiers On The Border To Shut Down Anyone Who Disagrees

The Indian army is the greatest blessing for anyone who lives in the internet era, just waiting to win an online argument. Like Fawad Khan, almost any complaint can be compared to the hardships our soldiers face at the border. So if someone says their legs hurt waiting in line at the ATM, just tell them that soldiers have their legs blown off. Even Baba Ramdev has reminded us that soldiers at the border don’t get food rations, so it’s time for India to starve in solidarity. Remind these anti-national commies to shut up and sit down because of the sacrifices our soldiers are making in defending this democracy.

4. Admire The Technology And Culture Embedded In The New Notes

If you happen to get your hands on the new notes, then tear them into little bits to check for GPS trackers. Try to imagine what a note with a USB drive looks like when the government launches the 2.0 limited editions for millionaires. Also, don’t forget to check out the numerals in Devanagari, the only script worth remembering from India’s past. In case you are one of the 75% who speaks a foreign language, enroll in Hindi classes, so that you are prepared to join our nation in the next phase of our cultural resurgence.

5. Support Law Enforcement Authorities For Targeting Our Country’s Crooks

Modi’s surgical strike has mainly been to strike at our country’s hidden enemies – those who hide all their savings under their mattress (we’ve already dealt with criminals like Vijay Mallya by exiling them). Now our authorities are finally empowered to question two-faced women who hide money from their husbands in an attempt to be financially independent, farmers who need to pay their loan sharks and daily-wage labourers who don’t realise the thrill of clocking up air miles on their credit cards.

6. Stop Donating To NGOs

As we are all aware, most of the black money in our economy is channelled through NGOs that try to leverage their influence over our politics by making us aware that there is such a thing called human rights or environmental protection. It’s time to show these preposterous, money-guzzling enterprises that you are resolutely against their attempts to help out the disenfranchised. Bonus points to anyone who draws a moustache on a picture of Teesta Setalvad.

7. …But Support The Religious Ones

Remember that those who are spiritual are the richest souls, literally speaking. Your local quasi-religious authority figure who travels in his Mercedes is also hurting because his tax-free, almost exclusively cash-based income, will take some time to get converted into the new denominations. So offer your old 500 and 1000 rupee notes to organisations that proselytise religion and politics. Let’s get real, when every government institution shuts down, only the RSS will stand by your side, firm hand on your back and a firm grip on your genitals.

8. Listen To Aishwarya Rai’s Words Of Comfort

If there’s anything Bollywood superstar and former Miss Universe has shown us, it’s that she understands the common man. “As a citizen, honestly I will say congratulations Mr Prime Minister. You have gone ahead with a very strong move for your larger plan to wipe out corruption in our country and that’s the larger overview we as a country need to recognize,” she said. One has no doubt about the veracity of her statement. After all, she’s the daughter-in-law of a man who heads the Gujarat Tourism campaign and had her own demonetisation controversy with the Panama Papers. Given that it will take years to change Rai’s money, stored in foreign tax havens, into the new denominations, her bravery is to be applauded.

9. Bail Out The Ailing Film Industry

Remember, your favourite Bollywood stars didn’t get paid several crores and shoot at exotic foreign locales just to have no one turn up for their films. Use BookMyShow and liberally buy tickets for any Bollywood extravaganza, particularly those that showcase the lives of real Indians, like “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Throw a lifeline to Ajay Devgn, who has bravely admitted that, his immaculate masterpiece “Shivaay” has been struggling at the box office for the past three weeks due to demonetisation.

10. It Only Gets Better

Puff out your chest with pride and stick your fingers in your ears to ignore the nay-sayers, India is transforming from a medieval cash-driven economy to a 21st century Shangri-la. Not since Indira Gandhi have we had a prime minister so inspired by the Soviet way of doing things. So walk on the artfully paved stones of your gated colony, take an Uber Prime ride across the city, and visit Le Cirque in The Leela Palace and over a conversation with a friend, bask in the warm glow of ‘India Shining’.

Image source: Anant Nath Sharma/Flickr
You must be to comment.

More from Karthik Shankar

Similar Posts

By Swarnabha Saha

By IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute

By IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute

Wondering what to write about?

Here are some topics to get you started

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

Read more about his campaign.

Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

Read more about her campaign.

MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Read more about her campaign. 

A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

Read more about the campaign here.

A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

Read more about the campaign here.

A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

Find out more about her campaign here.

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below