#StoryOfTheMonth November 2016 by Anindita Chatterjee

As a result of demonetisation policy adopted by the Government of India Rs 1000 and Rs500 ceased to be regarded as legal tender in India after 9 November 2016. The decision came as a shocking surprise on the evening of 8th November, 2016. It hit every Indian, people from grass root level to top corporate boss, housewives to retired persons everybody came under its purview.
Amrita Basu’s story “A Better Tomorrow” voices her anxiety as an ordinary Indian. The decision might have its political and legal impact and argument. I am not qualified to comment whether it was wise or foolish of the government to implement it nationwide but I have been among the countless others who faced problems due to the suddenness of the decision. The long queues at ATM, problems to deal with everyday grocery buying, were little troubles considering what my old parents had to endure. My husband stays out the country and being a working mother with a toddler my agony still continues. The story struck me for its reality, frankness and colloquial tone. The straightforwardness with which the narrator recounts her ordeal makes the reader identify with her. Like her we are all optimistic and hopeful, that one day we shall all have a better tomorrow to look forward to—a cleaner and positive India devoid of corruption and black money. The decision to demolish black money puts forth a nationalist agenda which in turn has affected the humanistic concerns of society. Common Indians are taking the effort to help the government achieve its goal for all
of us believe that our children should have a better life to live. Corruption is a social malaise and like slow poison it kills without mercy. It is not easy to initiate a change and we are all a part of history in the making. The story ends with a hope, and like the narrator every one of us expect all our pains transform to something good and worthwhile at the end of it all.