Demonetisation became synonymous with helplessness and endless wait. If the long-winding ATM queue became a symbol of note ban, Nand Lal became its face. The 80-year-old retired army man broke down after waiting for four hours at a State Bank of India branch in Gurugram for not having got his cash. The picture of old, wrinkled crying Lal went viral, reflecting the helplessness of the poor who were hit the hardest by note ban.
he crying Lal also became an icon for the critics of demonetisation who countered the government’s claim that note ban targeted the rich who had hoarded unaccounted cash.
Lal says initially he faced difficulty in getting cash but soon everything got smooth. “Now I send my maid to the bank and she withdraws money on my behalf and hands it over to me,” the army veteran says.
Lal says now he is happy with demonetisation. But was it a right decision? Lal says he would go with whatever the government decides as he has been a serviceman. A staunch nationalist, he says he has served in the army for 20 years and would abide by every decision of the government.
“Whatever the government does, it is for the betterment of the country,” the old and frail ex-soldier says with a wide grin. “I am a soldier, and I will obey whatever decision the government will take,” he concludes.