While many across the country are still queuing up outside banks to swap the demonetised notes with the new Rs 2,000 bills, the privileged few, who possess the magenta coloured money are testing its quality by conducting various tests.
The Rs 2,000 notes, which are being introduced for the first time, has motif of the Mangalayan on the reverse, depicting the country’s first interplanetary venture.
A YouTube channel called ‘Whatsapp Vines’ put the Rs 2000 note to crush and waterproof test. Take a look at the results.
The 2000 rupee note passes the test without losing colour.
But is this not a default feature of all bank notes in circulation now? Another YouTube channel called ‘Unbox Extinction’ must have doubted the same. In the following video the channel dips all the available currencies in water to test how effective the new note is compared to the old ones.
While the above videos garnered massive amounts of views, the following one by YouTube channel ozplaTV went ‘viral’ with more than 50 lakh views in just over three days.
The new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 were launched after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the existing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will no longer be considered legal tender.
While only the Rs 2,000, apart from Rs 100 and below, have been available in banks and ATMs since the announcement, the new Rs 500 note was issued by the RBI on Sunday.
Soon, we can expect videos testing the Rs 500 notes after the stone grey-coloured currency becomes available in all bank branches. Some branches like SBI Main branch in Delhi has already started distributing the Rs 500 notes.
The Rs 500 banknotes will have a predominant new theme of the Indian heritage site Red Fort.