started this petition to
Prime Minister of India
Mr. Modi, you need to take moral responsibility for the
hundreds of people
who have died as a direct result of your disastrous
All those who suffered heart attacks while waiting long
endless bank queues... Their blood is on your hands.
All the bank staff and employees who died under stress while
the job in the mad crush... Their blood is on your hands.
All the innocent victims ‐ farmers, artisans, daily wage
workers ‐ who have
committed suicide in despair over their lives being wrecked
by the cashless
existence you imposed on them... Their blood is on your
And what about the millions of people who can no longer buy
medicine for themselves or their children? How many
tens of thousands of
these will fall sick or die as a direct result of your
suicidal policy? Their blood is on your hands.
Immediately after making your late‐night speech on November
banning 86 percent of India's currency, and plunging the
havoc, you waltzed off to Japan. That's ironic,
because if Japan's
top leader had inflicted on the Japanese people what you
inflicted on India's population, the Japanese premier would
of shame and guilt.
Yet you strut around, arrogantly defending your
demolition‐job on India's
economy and people, with self‐serving speeches that show no
remorse. You boastfully fantasize about a
"cashless society" or a
"digital economy"‐‐‐one which may happen twenty
years from now,
while hundreds of millions of people are suffering
right now as a
result of your rashly conceived note‐ban.
Mr. Modi, you need to resign immediately. You need to
accept full moral
responsibility for your reckless and immoral scheme.
You have, indeed,
an awful lot of blood on your hands.
Mr. Modi, your supporters have tried to shift the blame onto
advisors‐‐‐the two or three cronies with whom you secretly
plan, unbeknownst to the Cabinet, the Parliament, or the
India. Or else your apologists blame the Reserve Bank
of India for
poor planning. But you are the one person who hatched
and carried out
your disastrous demonetisation scheme by arbitrary
decree. The fault
for the monumentally poor planning rests entirely with
you. Do not attempt
to pass the buck, Mr. Modi. Resign.
Mr. Modi, your draconian currency‐ban scheme has failed
your own yardstick. In terms of productivity, the billions
man‐hours and woman‐hours lost‐‐‐as people wait in endless
queues‐‐‐cancels out any gain from catching black
money. Even your
supporters are now starting to admit the gain will be modest
so they have shifted the discussion from black money to the
"digital economy", completely ignoring the reality
on the ground as
people suffer, businesses fail, supply lines dry up,
down, and farmers perish.
Mr. Modi, you made an election promise that you would go
after the big
holders of black money who stash the cash overseas.
But you never
followed through on that campaign promise. Why?
Would you end up
catching your own financial backers and major donors to your
party? There are several methods available to reduce
black money, but
you did not utilize any of those methods‐‐‐instead you used
draconian, dictatorial approach, which is rapidly proving to
ineffectual while spreading massive misery, especially to
the poor and
working classes. One has to wonder if there was a
hidden agenda to
your seemingly insane scheme.
Regardless of that question, you need to resign.
Because even if one life
was lost through your folly, your demonetisation scheme
would not be
justified. And your scheme has already resulted in
documented deaths, while uncounted millions of people no
cash to buy food for themselves or their children.
up to the
human disaster you have single‐handedly created. Do the right thing, for the good of the country and your
back the demonetisation immediately, and step down.
are still at a
point in this sorry episode where the people of India
understand and even forgive you – if you say sorry and
Posted: 15 December 2016 (Updated: 20 December 2016)