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UK to mint coin in remembrance of Gandhi Ji

Amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of people from the BAME community (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) Britain is considering minting a coin to remember Mahatma Gandhi.

Objective

Rishi Sunak Britain’s current Finance Minister issued an order in a letter to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) to pursue recognition of individuals from the BAME community. Taking a step ahead in following the order RMAC will mint a coin to commemorate Gandhi. While remembering Mahatma Gandhi the officials from the department said in a statement, “Often referred to as “Father of the Nation” Mahatma Gandhi, was born in the year 1869. He advocated for non-violence throughout his life and played a key important role in India’s Freedom Movement. 2nd October, Mahatma’s birthday is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi Ji died on January 30, 1948, just a few months after he led the country’s freedom from British rule”.

Reason Behind

Recently in the past, the death of a Black man, George Floyd, in the United States after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes has triggered a large ambush across the people not only in the US but worldwide. British institutions have begun re-examining their past as part of a global reassessment of history, colonialism and racism triggered by the recent protests. Since then many organizations have taken initiatives to make investments to help the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and to support racial diversity. Recently a lot of global protests against racism, colonialism and police brutality has been seen after the death of George Floyd.

RMAC

Abbreviated form for Royal Mint Advisory Committee. RMAC is a fully independent committee made up of a group of experts chosen from across the country. Their main work is to recommend themes and designs for minting coins to Britain’s finance minister.

International webinar on Lokmanya Tilak: Key facts

A two-day international webinar on the 100th death anniversary of the great Indian freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. This international webinar on the theme of Lokmanya Tilak – Swaraj to Self-reliant India was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Objective

During the webinar discussions revolved mainly around Tilak’s contribution to the Indian Freedom Movement, his global vision, his thoughts on swadeshi and also his attempts at India’s cultural revival.

Participants

On his 100th death anniversary, the webinar chaired by ICCR chief Vinay Sahasrabuddhe witnessed a group of eminent historians like Gordon Johnson and Sadanand More, history professor Rizwan Kadri, Muang Muang, a scholar who translated Tilak’s biography into Burmese Vikas Paranjpe from Mumbai along with participants from various institutes.

Background

ICCR initial plan was to unveil a statue of Tilak at the Indian consulate in Mandalay (a city in central Myanmar) where Tilak was sent for confinement for six months and to name the consulates main hall after his name. However, the plan was put on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic which has badly affected the globe.

Key findings

The Home Minister in his long oratory speech mentioned the important role played by Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the country’s freedom movement. The Union Minister also talked about the slogan of ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it’ given by Lokmanya Tilak, in his speech. He said it will always be written in golden letters in the history of India’s freedom movement. The Minister also appealed to the youth of the country, urging everyone to read the writings of the Tilak to understand the glorious history of the nation.