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Cashless/digital: How Modi changed (and changed) demonetisation narrative

A data analysis of the speeches reveals a shifting of the narrative of the demonetisation action and its objectives

Praveen Chakravarty | IndiaSpend 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on November 8, 2016 to announce the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The speech (in English) lasted 25 minutes. The Prime Minister uttered the phrase “black money” 18 times in this speech. He mentioned “fake currency” or “counterfeit” five times in the same speech. It was unambiguously clear from the Prime Minister’s speech that the primary motivation for the sudden withdrawal of nearly 86% of the country’s currency was the evil of black money. The next day, the ...

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First Published: Mon, December 05 2016. 08:31 IST