Mahatma Gandhi perfectly describes the ethos of India – RTI response debunks Arvind Kejriwal’s request of Lord Ganesha’s picture on Indian currency

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Prime Minister and Central government on Wednesday to put pictures of Lord Ganesh and goddess Lakshmi on fresh currency notes, alongside Mahatma Gandhi. The AAP supremo claimed that the country would prosper with the images of Lord Ganesh and goddess Lakshmi on the currency notes.

The Delhi CM said that photos of Lakshmi Ji and Ganesh Ji can be printed beside Mahatma Gandhi’s pictures on fresh currency notes. Citing the example of Indonesia, Delhi’s chief minister added that if a Muslim nation can put photos of lord Ganesha on its currency note, then why we can’t do it? “When Indonesia can, why can’t we? The photos can be printed on fresh currency notes,” he said.

While Mr Arind Kejriwal cited India’s foreign exchange reserves during the week that ended on October 14 fell to an over two-year-low of $528.367 billion, a drop of $4.5 billion from the previous week, Pune-based social activist sought a reply from Prime Minister’s Office asking to print images of other notable personalities other than Mahatama Gandhi.

Apart from Arvind Kejriwal asking for the pictures of Lord Ganesh, demands to print images of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel on the banknotes kept floating around. Mr Prafful Sarda, Political analyst and noted RTI activist informed The Quotes that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had constituted a High-Level Screening Committee in October 2010, which concluded that no other personality could better represent the ethos of India than Mahatma Gandhi.

“The Committee brainstormed over the demands of changing the existing images of Mahatma Gandhi and inclusion of certain other personalities in the new design of banknotes. The images discussed were that of Bharat Ratna, Noble Laureates, Freedom Fighters, Sports Persons and others,” the RTI response, which is in access of The Quotes read.

“The High-level screening committee was constituted on the advice of the government of India. After due consideration and several levels of talks, the Committee decided that no other personality could better represent the ethos of India than Mahatma Gandhi. Thus it was decided to retain the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on the observation of banknotes and the watermark,” Mr Prafful Sarda told The Quotes.

While speaking to The Quotes, a renowned economist claimed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was a notable IRS officer and did phenomenal work during his short stint at the service, unaware of the reason behind putting Mahatma Gandhi on the banknote is quite shocking.

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“He was an IRS officer and must know the details of the reason behind putting the picture of Mahatma Gandhi on the currency notes. This is just a way to play Hindu card and nothing else,” said an economist on the request of anonymity.

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Meanwhile, former AAP spokesperson and notable journalist Ashutosh hits out at AAP supremo by claiming that his suggestion is a ‘great economic mantra’ and newly appointed UK prime Minister Rishu Sunek must also apply it to rescue Britain’s economy.

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