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How Bizarre! Govt official says Rs 2,000 is original if it loses colour after washing

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An Indian man displays new 2000 rupee notes outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Mumbai on November 10, 2016. Long queues formed outside banks in India as they reopened for the first time since the government's shock decision to withdraw the two largest denomination notes from circulation. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

It has been just few days when Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes. Since the arrival of the note there are a lot of rumours about it. After the rumours of a GPS chip (which RBI denied), and then rumours about language error in the new notes.

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Further, there were reports of the new notes running colour when washed. The rumour came as a result of a multiple videos showing the new notes being washed in liquids ranging from water to aerated drink.


According to the government, the fake note may not lose its colour when rubbed or exposed to water, while the real one will lose it’s colour because of the nature of the dye used.

This is what the External Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said: “The new currency notes, just as the old ones, will lose colour if rubbed with a piece of cloth wet because that’s the nature of the dye used. If your note does not lose colour, it’s one of the signs that it may be fake.”

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According to the government it is a good sign, how prudent will it be for a person who will take or exchange the new Rs 2000 or Rs 500 note to go home and wash or rub it in water to check its originality?

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And, suppose if the person will do, then what after some time when the notes will become older, will you still wash them to check their authenticity?