UK plans to mint coin on Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate India’s independence hero
The move is seen as a result of global protest against colonialism, racism and police brutality triggered by the death of George Floyd in the US.
The United Kingdom is considering minting a coin to commemorate India's independence hero and great apostle of truth and non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in recognising the contributions of people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
According to a report published by Al Jazeera, UK's Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) in a letter to pursue recognition of individuals from those communities.
Born in 1869, Gandhi advocated non-violence and non-discrimination of human beings on the basis of caste, creed, race, religion and colour throughout his life and played a key role in India's struggle for independence.
His birthday, October 2, is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence. He is referred to as the father of the nation.
As part of a global reassessment of history, colonialism and racism triggered by the death of a Black man, George Floyd in the US in May, British institutions have also begun re-examining their past.
Many organisations in the United Kingdom have taken initiatives to make investments to help the BAME communities and to support racial diversity, the report says.
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