Narendra Modi: The man who would purify India4 min read . Updated: 06 Jan 2017, 04:58 PM IST
The Narendra Modi government's demonetisation exercise, it now turns out, was not so much economic policy as a sacred duty, but a holy war of good against evil
Perhaps the most important part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on New Year’s Eve was not the niggardly sops announced, not the lack of a report card on demonetisation, although that was significant, but rather his framing of demonetisation as a campaign to purify India. “Our nation has been witness to a historic rite of purification," was what he said. He said it was an unparalleled fight against “internal evils", a fight in which the poor did not hesitate to make sacrifices for the greater good of the nation. Demonetisation, it now turns out, was not so much economic policy as a sacred duty, but a holy war of good against evil.