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Indians like to pay cash; the government is now forcing them to swipe cards

People wait in line outside a bank branch in Delhi, India, on Nov. 25, 2016. Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomerg

PATODA, India - After India's surprise decision to scrap high-value currency last month triggered widespread cash shortages, people in the large village cluster of Patoda got by as best they could. They postponed family weddings, asked for credit and bartered services.

But as the money crunch extended into its second month, officials from the State Bank of India arrived with a rescue plan of sorts, which included new card swipe machines for small businesses...

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