Indians stand in a queue to deposit and exchange discontinued currency notes outside a bank in Ahmadabad.
Indians stand in a queue to deposit and exchange discontinued currency notes outside a bank in Ahmadabad. Ajit Solanki

Modi begs as India queues up

A CRACKDOWN on corruption has hit India's poor the hardest.

Last week India cancelled billions in the form of the highest value notes in its cash-dependent economy to make it harder for counterfeiters and tax dodgers.

But the replacement notes were not ready and the government had to admit disruption would last weeks because of delays printing replacement notes and issues with ATMs.

The people have turned on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who flew to Japan as the crisis bit.

An emotional Mr Modi begged Indians to endure the pain until year's end, saying he would "accept any punishment” from them then.


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