If you spend any time at all on the Internet, chances are you’ve seen at least one of those videos about the new Rs. 2000 notes being washed with no damage done. In fact, the top three trending videos on YouTube, with a whopping 11 million views collectively, show these ‘water tests’. However, here’s a neat little twist that no one could have anticipated.
Turns out the new notes are meant to bleed colour when washed or rubbed and that is actually proof of the authenticity of the notes. If the note loses no colour at all, it could be fake. During a press conference earlier today, Economic 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.”
So what about all those videos that show notes surviving a washing and looking as good as new? Well, don’t trust everything you see on the Internet. A simple search on YouTube will show you several other videos which prove the notes do, in fact, lose colour when dipped in water.
Here’s a look at the top trending videos on YouTube that claim otherwise: