When at 8 pm on November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on national television that currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination would be invalid from midnight, in one fell swoop he dealt a crippling blow to what has been described as “the mother of all corruption in the country”. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has continuously been seen changing his narrative to his government’s demonetisation move.
According to an analysis done by Indiaspend.com, the speech (in English) lasted 25 minutes and these were the keywords he used the most (hover your mouse/tap on the dots in the image to see)
November 8, 2016
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. By the time the Prime Minister returned from Japan, the move had been christened “demonetisation” in English, “notebandi” in Hindi and there was a war-time like rationing of currency in the country, wrote Praveen Chakravarty.
But soon after his first speech, he gave another speech in his ‘Mann ki Baat’on radio and on the November 27th. According to Indiaspend’s analysis, he used the phrase “digital/cashless” thrice as much as “black money” with no mention of “fake currency”.
By November 27, 2016
By November 27th, 2016, his focus from black money entirely shifted to cashless/digital economy in his speeches. So what’s the battle about? Is it about fighting corruption or moving country’s population towards digital/cashless payments? Well, the government is still not clear about this. All we need to do is wait in the line and watch.
Data has been used from Indiaspend.com