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March 30, 2021

Let’s Honor people by putting them on Indian Currency notes

Filed under: My Thoughts — Suramya @ 9:00 AM

I recently saw the news that UK is honoring Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist And Code-Breaker by putting his image on their new 50 pound note. It made me think that this is something a lot of nations do to honor people who were famous, or contributed in a major way to society or the country issuing the note. Here’s a brief overview of Interesting Famous People on Banknotes around the World. It is a great way to honor people and ensure people know more about them.

That made me think that it would be great if we did the same thing in India. As far as I know none of the currency notes in India have ever had an image of anyone other than Gandhi. I mean, yes he is the father of the nation and we should honor that, but I feel we should also honor some of the other famous people like our Freedom Fighters, Scientists, Artists etc. I would love to see a new note with the photo of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Bhagat Singh, Sarojini Naidu or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on it. We have so many people who sacrificed their lives for the country, can’t we even put their photo on a note?

Others who should be considered are the world famous scientists like CV Raman, Homi Jehangir Bhabha or Srinivasa Ramanujan. These are Nobel prize winners who changed the world but are hardly known in India. We should also look at famous artists/actors/musicians/poets etc like Rabindranath Tagore etc. Definitely not proposing to put any politician’s photo on the notes because that is a can of worms we don’t need to open. Every political party in India will start screaming if their party’s candidates don’t have their photo on the notes 🙂

I know that stamps that were released to honor a lot of people, but nowadays not many people still send physical letters so the gesture is not as significant as what it used to be. I would still recommend releasing new notes with other people’s photos on them.

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– Suramya

1 Comment »

  1. It is a good idea. We should honour our heroes .

    Comment by Raji Singh — March 30, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

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