I really don't think so. We are human beings with all their flaws and virtues. I do not know why we are exceptional on this forum even allowing for our self-selection biases. Behavior and beliefs are very had to change --- psychologists have found that time and again. I will find a good summary of the findings sometime later and post. In the meantime, here are two articles which says how we may be able to change people's thinking. I don't think simple dialog will work. I have seen nobody's political position change over the years except in small, natural ways on this forum. You can predict who will hate and who will show bhakti in the next big political argument.
Surprising way to change political opinions.
I think this is the same with the haters. Regardless of whether the haters are considered haters, their position is also focused on the action and results, not whodunit. Notice, the articles all talk about demonetisation being a failure and not about Modi being a failure. And, most of who wrote these articles would have done it irrespective of the government who executed it. Steve Forbes is not a Congress party sycophant, I believe. Neither are most of the economists who think that demonetisation is not a good policy because the crooked always find a way to whitewash their money. The argument saying, "Look the money is white now" is bizarre. You can achieve that by providing full amnesty. If you say, "Okay, in the next three months, anyone can come and deposit any amount of money and they will not be prosecuted or asked to pay any tax", you bet that there will be no black money left. But, the point is not to launder the money. The point is to collect taxes on it and to catch the criminals. Did we achieve that in this case? I believe the answer is no. They used other people to launder it and gave those people a very small % --- say a few hundred rupees in some case. Much much smaller than their tax liabilities.Regardless, not even knowing if I'm considered a Bhakt, my position is focused on the action and results, not whodunnit. I would have felt the same no matter which government executed it. And I was there in the peak days. So, I speak with some experience as far as the pain of the common person is concerned.
It is hard for me to believe that the shock to the system where the money was sucked out and the money-based economy came to a standstill somehow did not affect economic activities. It is like a partial bandh.
So, were several of the authors who wrote critical articles.And I was there in the peak days. So, I speak with some experience as far as the pain of the common person is concerned.
I do not ever believe some action is a total failure or a total success even if I may write against or for it. Every action results in pros and cons. The question is whether it has done more good than bad in the balance. Whether we are better off or worse is also difficult to tell even after a century. That is because the variables are so intertwined that you never know what caused what and what caused a cascading effect, etc. This is why I like mathematics and not the messy real world