I remember the evening of November 8, 2016 with graphic precision. There were no TV commitments, it had been a regular day at the office. I was in the middle of a serene mid-distance walk-jog when my mobile phone rang. It was from the media team of the Congress party, who have to continuously juggle allocations of spokespersons to various shows at short notice.
I initially thought it was just another one of those unpredictable last minute-shifts. The voice on the other side had a slight hint of panic. “What’s the news break”, I asked? “Mr Modi is making a big announcement on national TV across all channels. We need to be prepared to respond.”. “To what“, I inquired.
“Something about black-money”.
Black money? My first reaction was that India’s Prime Minister, who had sold the preposterous fantasy of crediting ₹15 lakhs to every Indian citizen’s bank account through a miraculous recovery of