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The larger goal of citizens basic rights and economy
Today the Supreme Court will commence hearing the slew of cases that raise questions on the haphazard implementation of demonetization drive and the constitutional validity of the Union government s policy of demonetization. There is this belief and government opinion that judiciary should exercise restraint when determining executive and legislative spheres of work. The separation of powers exists, as the former President of the Israeli Supreme Court Aharon Barak observed to “strengthen freedom and prevent the concentration of power in the hands of one governmental actor in a manner likely to harm the freedom of the individual”. Most of the independent economics have their doubts on the long-term economic benefits of demonetization. But what is deeply anguishing is the way the demonetization drive has affected the common people in lowest rung of society. People are struggling for most essential services. Humanitarian costs are just being swept under the carpet for achieving the larger goal of Centre s objective of eradicating black money economy. But isn t that a denial of basic human rights to its citizens. Isn t it shirking of your main responsibility of taking care of the citizens of the country? Is such a trade-off between citizens well-being and eradicating an economic problem acceptable?

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