Highlights

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 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi .

Aim

Indian origin Britain Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, issued an order in a letter to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (design of coins, medals) to pursue recognition of individuals from the Black, Asian and minority ethnic community. Taking a step ahead in following the order RMAC will mint a coin to commemorate Mahatama Gandhi.

While remembering Gandhi the officials from the department said in a statement, “Often referred to as “Father of the Nation” in 1869 Gandhi, was born in India. He advocated for non-violence throughout his life and played a key important role in India’s Freedom Movement. 2 October, Mahatma Gandhi birthday is observed as the International Day of Non Violence. Mahatma Gandhi died on 30 January 1948, just a few months after he led the country’s freedom from British rule”.

Reason Behind

In the past, the death of George Floyd (Black man), in the US after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes has triggered a large ambush across the people not only in the United States of America 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 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.

Royal Mint Advisory Committee.

Abbreviated form for RMAC. RMAC is a fully independent committee made up of a group of experts chosen nationwide. Their main work is to recommend themes and designs for minting coins to Britain finance minister.

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