Not Just A Change In Currency But A Change In Ideology

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An issue is at large, much talked about earlier last week – replacing the picture of MK Gandhi on Indian currency with other equally influential individuals like – Swami Vivekananda and B. R. Ambedkar.

The Hindu Mahasabha proposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter of this replacement, they suggested that other leaders like B. R. Ambedkar had an equal contribution to India’s Independence by giving the country its Constitution.

Many of our political Indians suggest that this move by Hindu Mahasabha is only a reason to push the Nathuram Godse Ideology.

The question arises in conflict with two backgrounds – is this a way to sideline Gandhi who has won numerous accolades for his Non-Violent Fight against the English, or are we actually starting to appreciate the economic and social thoughts of leaders like Swami Vivekananda and B. R. Ambedkar?

B. R. Ambedkar, who has been regarded as the leader of Dalits, had done his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in the US. Nobody could have connected the bridges between the state of Rupee and social perils that downgrade it, as precisely as he did.

Post-independence, India was a country of millions without a spine to support. His Ideas of Indian Economy and his devotion to solving the issue with his eloquent speeches were jewels for nationalists, helping them repair this spine. He knew that the way to a stronger and tight bound India is by developing the untouchables and rectifying the flaws in our caste system. But we, the people, have yet regarded him only as the leader of Backward Classes.

Ignoring his insight and intellect for a Better nation, we only disrespect his Economical Prowess. We have wasted a lot of knowledge by ignoring the fact that Ambedkar’s contribution to India is worth more than a yearly one-day celebration.

Very recently a two-day event was held in Parliament to discuss the contribution of B.R. Ambedkar to the Indian Constitution. Besides him, there were further discussions on efforts from other known leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Swami Vivekananda, Rajendra Prasad and Maulana Azad.

For the last 20 years, the Indian Rupee portrays Gandhi’s image alone. Now much heed is being paid by the government in felicitating other leaders with a similar appreciation. This move is although criticised by many.

Demotivated individuals think there is not enough time to take up this job of appreciation. They say the Government is handcuffed by Terrorists, the war against corruption, unemployment, pollution, etc. And this will be an unnecessary move which will simply add to the turmoil.

Some even think that this matter of image change on the currency is promoted to downgrade the Gandhi image and indirectly attack the Indian National Congress. But BJP assures that there is no such reason, they don’t plan to abolish Gandhi’s Image, and their only motive is awareness for the masses on participation by Gandhi’s fellow leaders in building India.

For all they know, it will only boost the image of other leaders and bring up to Gandhi’s stature.


Jay Bhargav

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