Mahatma Gandhi poised to become first non-white person to feature on British currency
Mahatma is poised to become the first-ever nonwhite person to feature on the British currency.
According to reports, the Royal Mint advisory is said to be working to mint a coin to commemorate the leader and hero of India’s freedom movement.
The decision was taken amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of people from Asian, Black, and other minority ethnic communities.
Rishi Sunak, the British Finance Minister, has reportedly extended his support to a campaign for ethnic-minority figures to be featured on coins.
In a letter, he asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) to pursue recognition of individuals from minority communities, according to an emailed statement from the UK Treasury.
Sunak, in his letter, said members of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities have a ‘profound contribution’ to world history and should the committee should consider recognising them on UK’s coinage.
“For generations, ethnic-minority groups have fought and died for this country we have built together, taught children, nursed the sick, cared for the elder and through their enterprising spirit have started some of our most exciting and dynamic businesses, creating jobs and driving growth,” said Sunak.
THE RAMC is made up of experts who recommend themes and designs for coins to Britain’s finance minister.
“RMAC is currently considering a coin to commemorate Gandhi,” the Treasury said in the statement.
Mahatma Gandhi, referred to as India’s ‘father of the nation’, advocated non-violence throughout his life and inspired the civil rights movement across the world. His birthday, which is on October 2, is observed as International Day of Non-Violence.
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