Building a sustainable less-cash society will require more than the shove of demonetisation
Cyclone Vardah came and went with a whoosh, taking many of Chennai’s trees, roofs and fishing boats with it. It also knocked out parts of the telecommunications network. As the flow of electrons stopped, so did the flow of funds. Restaurants, petrol pumps, and shops all started turning away the cashless. ATMs stopped working, even if they had cash to dispense.