“Bimudrakoronor Dostavez” (Documents of Demonitisation), a book on the recent abolition of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes by the Government, authored by young journalist Ziaur Rahman, was formally released at a function in Guwahati on Friday. While speaking on the occasion, stalwarts from media and publishing houses viewed this book as the first book of its kind on the subject, to be brought out anywhere in the country. Ziaur, who completed this informative book in continuous sittings stretching over five days, was praised by all for his timeliness as well as speed in bringing out the book.
Nekibur Zaman, chairperson Assam State Wakf Board, made a startling revelation about the plight of many Muslim families, particularly living in rural areas, who had saved lakhs of rupees at home for their future hajj pilgrimage but don’t know what to do with that money now. A pious Muslim would not keep money in the bank as he believes that interest paid by the bank is forbidden by Islam. Zaman urged the media persons and intellectuals present on the occasion to take up the issue with the Government to arrive at a solution to this problem.
Welcoming the array of dignitaries who adorned the dais, author Ziaur Rahman explained the background which prompted him to write the book and he termed it as a piece of unbiased reporting where facts and figures have been presented for the people to understand the pros and cons of demonitisation. There has not been any attempt to either praise or deride any action of the government and hence a reader would be able to understand the move of the government and come to his own conclusion.
Taking part in a panel discussion following the unveiling of the new book, Ananta Kalita, former Director of SBI Central Board recalled his own experience of the devaluation of the Indian currency note that was done by Morarji Desai’s government in 1978. Mrinal Talukdar, renowned TV anchor, praised the Indian masses who adjusted themselves to the unforeseen miseries but lamented that savings bank interest rates might come down soon making people lose interest in keeping their money in banks. Adip Phukan, former editor of Assamese daily ‘Adin’, wanted to know whether it was a PM’s monetary policy or of the government. If it was government’s policy, then why the RBI did not announce it.
Paragmoni Aditya, editor, News 18 TV channel, praised Ziaur’s efforts as he felt it would create policy awareness among people.
Others who expressed their views on the occasion were Anisul Hoque, brand management expert; A Sabur Tapadar, legal practitioner; Prof Dilip Bora, Gauhati University; Hafiz Ahmed, President, Char Chapori Sahitya Parishad; and Khagen Kalita, Executive Editor, Protidin Times. All the speakers expressed the hope that the book published in Assamese would be translated into English, Hindi, and other Indian languages at the earliest. Dhiraj K Lahkar, publisher of the book, thanked the panellists and audience for their support. The event was anchored by Nurul Laskar, Chief Adviser, PRSI.