Modi's demonetisation survey asks no question it doesn't want answered

There is little doubt whose verdict the PM's wants to know, considering only 41 per cent of Indians are legitimate smartphone users.

 |  3-minute read |   22-11-2016
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Two weeks into his ambitious demonetisation drive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a survey on his personalised app to go with his masterstroke, or massive tragedy, depending on whether you ask Paytm-empowered, and hence online India or offline Bharat chasing serpentine queues.

atm_112216111951.jpg There is little doubt whose verdict the PM's wants to know, considering only 41 per cent of Indians are legitimate smartphone users. [Photo: Indiatoday.in]

The massive amount of pushback Modi has received on this decision may have sent him and his stooges on an introspection mode (ideally), and the result of that comes in the form of a survey on his app that is available for free on Android, iOS and Windows phones. Thus on November 22, Modi tweeted, “I want your first-hand view on the decision taken regarding currency notes. Take part in the survey on the NM App.”

There is little doubt whose verdict the PM's wants to know, considering only 41 per cent of Indians are legitimate smartphone users. According to a 2015 survey, only nine per cent of rural India has access to mobile technology (a sector badly affected by the demonetisation drive). Add that to the fact, the questions in the survey are rather skewed in favour of the drive itself, and voila: you have an instant feedback of positive results guaranteed.

Curiously, this made-for-digital-India survey, floated to gauge the common Indian's response to a critically important, economic "surgical strike" on black money ends up being as objective as an internet troll.

Sample this: in 10 questions, the survey asks Indians whether they indeed think black money exists in their country after having launched countrywide, unprecedented drive to curb corruption, and leaves the respondents of the survey no option to tell their PM that they don't support the drive.

The point of this survey, if all these things are taken into account, may be moot. This Machiavellian feedback form after all, only lets you say what it wants to hear.

Also read - War on ordinary citizens or black money? Demonetisation divides economists

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