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Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Indian currency and RBI

Today, I got stumbled upon news that RBI is considering national iconsfor Indian currency. The name of Dr. B R Ambedkar has been recommended for Indian currency. It reminded me of the time of my childhood, when first time in my life I had seen the Rs. 1 coin with Dr. Ambedkar’s photo on it. I was filled with the joy and kept that coin in the closet, never to lose it. I know this is not only with me but millions other Dalits also want to see Dr. Ambedkar on Indian currency and experience same joy. Few years back, I even came in contact with family who had actually provided RBI the picture of Dr Ambedkar for Rs. 1 coin. It was wonderful feeling knowing the journey and I’m sure almost same feeling evokes in Dalits when they see picture of Dr. Ambedkar on coins. I’ll say if any person deserves to be on Indian currency then that person should be Dr. Ambedkar. Nobody else deserves that place on Indian currency. We must make sure RBI don’t forget Dr. Ambedkar’s name in later stage. So, I request everyone in capacity to make our voice reach higher authorities that we love Dr. Ambedkar more than any other icon in India so we want Dr Ambedkar’s picture on Indian currency.

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Dr Ambedkar’s Role in the Formation of Reserve Bank of India

Did you know Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came into picture according to the guidelines laid down by Dr Ambedkar? RBI was conceptualized as per the guidelines, working style and outlook presented by Dr Ambedkar in front of the Hilton Young Commission. When this commission came to India under the name of “Royal Commission on Indian Currency & Finance”, each and every member of this commission were holding Dr Ambedkar’s book named “The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution.” 

(The legislative assembly passed this under the name of RBI act 1934, its need, working style and its outlook was presented by Dr Ambedkar in-front of Hilton Young Commission. Read, “Evidence before the Royal Commission on Indian Currency and Finance” and “The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution.”)

Now, walking through the streets of India, on most of the “State Bank of India’s” (SBI’s) street hoardings it shows Rabindranath Tagore as “The banker to this nation”, as if Rabindranath Tagore is the brand ambassador of SBI!

What hurts many of us is the picture of Mr. Gandhi on the Indian currency. We need to ask everyone what’s the contribution of these two leaders (Rabindranath Tagore and Mr. Gandhi) towards Indian currency, finance and economics, and who deserves to be there on the signposts or on Indian currency?

If a man with God’s name on his tongue and a sword under his armpit deserved the appellation of a Mahatma, then Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a Mahatma.    – Babasaheb Ambedkar

Writing about who deserves the place on Indian currency reminds me of a Hollywood movie “Do the Right Thing” directed a way back in 1989 by Spike Lee. Movie revolves around the demand of Afro-Americans to place some pictures of black heroes on the “Wall of Fame” in a pizza shop (where all pictures are of Italian heroes as pizza shop owner is from Italy and very proud of that) as the pizzeria is situated in a black neighbourhood and sells pizza to black people.

At the end of the struggle Afro-Americans succeeded to have a picture of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, shaking hands on the “Wall of Fame.”

 (excerpts from article “Why weren’t we told?”)

P.S. Please spread the message, Like the post and share it with your friends. We want picture of Dr Ambedkar on Indian currency!

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  1. prashant agale
    June 18, 2012 at 12:31 am | #1

    What a wounderful news for all of us. We will celebrate the day when Dr. B.R. Ambedkar will appear on the Indian currancy.Jaibhim,jaibharat.

  2. Dhananjay Awale
    June 18, 2012 at 1:35 am | #2

    Yes . . . Indeed Dr B R Ambedkar must me on every note distributed by RBI. And why only Currency . . His symbol should be on all Govt. papers (e.g Stamp paper , etc ) across the whole nation.

  3. vinit raj
    June 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm | #3

    we are heartily thanks all community who is attached with Dr B R Ambedkar ji.The educated society of student attach with your mission.

    thanking you….

  4. sushil
    June 19, 2012 at 2:28 am | #4

    this is just a begining. there is much more to come favouing dalits and no one can stop us.

    • June 19, 2012 at 2:43 am | #5

      Thank you “prashant agale”, “Dhananjay Awale”, “vinit raj” and “sushil” We hope to see Dr Ambedkar’s picture on currency and on all official documents very soon. Please keep spreading the news.

  5. June 19, 2012 at 6:30 am | #6

    i really can’t wait anymore for that day,i am eagerly waiting to see him on indian currency.

    • June 19, 2012 at 9:32 am | #7

      Like you, everyone is waiting eagerly to see Babasaheb on Indian currency! Thank you for taking time to comment on this section. Please keep spreading the news.

  6. June 20, 2012 at 5:42 am | #8

    HI Pradeep,

    I think you are the author of this blog am i right ?
    where are you from ?

    • June 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm | #9

      Yes, I am the author of this blog. I am from Punjab (India) Check out “About Me” section for more detail.

  7. faizal
    June 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm | #10

    we are heartily thanks all community who is attached with Dr B R Ambedkar ji.The educated society of student attach with your mission.

  8. K L Parihar
    June 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm | #11

    we heartily want the picture of Baba saheb Dr B R Ambedkar on Indian currency. We will be very happy when we will see it

  9. Dr Kuldeep
    June 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm | #12

    Mr Pradeep, we all are very much delighted after this news but let me share important information regarding Babassheb picture in Indian currency.Mr R.L. kain a retired civil servant and RTI activist has been working for many years on this particular aspect. There was a article in outlook magzine asking the question whether photograph of Gandhi was constitutional or not.The Govt of India had communicated to Mr R.L.Kain regarding formation of a high level commetee to have the Babasaheb’s photograph on indian currency. We should also thank Mr R.L.Kain for tired less efforts.

    • June 28, 2012 at 2:24 am | #13

      Thank you “faizal”, “K L Parihar” and “Dr Kuldeep” for the comment. We are thankful to everyone whoever is working towards equality and for Ambedkarite movement!

  10. chetan maru
    June 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm | #14

    I COME TO KNOW THAT WE CAN CALL ON 08082891002 AND CAN DO VOTE FOR PHOTO OF Dr.BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR ON INDIAN CURRENCY. IS IT TRUE…?

    • June 30, 2012 at 2:58 am | #15

      No, it is not true. This missed call Voting is for different forum and to choose Greatest India.

  11. Satish jatav
    June 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm | #16

    It is very right decesion of rbi. Dr ambedkar deserve the honour. He is the most intelligent person in the world and savior of humanity. The plan for constructing rbi was also given by ambedkar to young hilton commission than rbi came in existence.

  12. Anisha
    July 6, 2012 at 2:34 am | #17

    No one will take a place of B.R.Ambedkar

  13. Rakesh sontakke nagpur
    July 29, 2012 at 12:50 am | #18

    yes i want photo of Baba saheb Dr B R Ambedkar on Indian currency .We will be very happy when we will see it

  14. vijay makwana
    July 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm | #19

    THANK YOU thank you very much we are all see him on indian currency

  15. milind tukaram jadhav
    August 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm | #20

    na jata hi na gote hi na jacha hoti brahmano yami sachanoch dhamma so suchi soch brahmano, asatyaka vijay pad pad par hota hai parantu satya ka vijay ek bar hota hai aur chir kal tikta hai aur yah hi hoga. jai bhim namo budhya.

  16. k t vasu
    August 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm | #21

    my vote for dr b r ambedkar.dr b r ambedkar is the greatest of india talented person in the world

    • rishi kumar
      August 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | #22

      Ya i agree Dr ambedkar was a very great prsn coz
      he written the constitution of india…:)

  17. August 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm | #23

    indian

  18. Ashwin raj
    August 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm | #24

    Its great honour and proud that the father of indian constitution and social reformer DR.B. R.AMBEDKAR has selected as the greatest indian after ghandhi.and also selected his picture for indian currency…JAI BHEEM

  19. vikas
    August 19, 2012 at 3:44 am | #25

    Dr. B.R.AMBEDKAR, greatest INDIAN…
    JAI BHIM…..

  20. vikas
    August 19, 2012 at 3:47 am | #26

    June 17, 2012 … The name of Dr. B R Ambedkar has been recommended for Indian currency.. JAI BHIM….

  21. vikas
    August 19, 2012 at 3:50 am | #27

    The real person who dedicated his life for the untouchables , i salute you Babasaheb..
    JAI BHIM….

  22. vikas
    August 19, 2012 at 3:54 am | #28

    Grand Salute to Dr.B.R.AMBEDKAR and i am proud to be an ambedkarian…. JAI BHIM… NAMO BUDDHAM….

  23. Boopathy Ambedkar
    August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm | #29

    We need revolutionist Babasaheb Dr.B.R.Ambedkar photo on Indian currency ASAP…Our father is Greatest Indian forever…Jai Bhim & Jai Buttha…

  24. ASHWANI
    August 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm | #30

    Dr.Bheem Rao Ambedkar is true winner and always will be a greatest indian JAI BHEEM

  25. jitendra kumar
    August 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm | #31

    Jai Bhim Jay Bharat I want see picture of bhimrao ambekar in indian currency

  26. rajendra j vadhel “aatash”
    September 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm | #32

    baba saheb is not only gretest indian , but bhimrao is gretestman of the world he is a father of best counsitution , he was ma.med,bsc,msc, dsc, m phill,p hd d litt l l d, bar at law, j p from germen,france,uk,usa.. – rajendra vadhel kaj kodinar now ahmedabad

    • rajendra j vadhel “aatash”
      September 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm | #33

      rajendra j vadhel “aatash” :
      baba saheb is not only gretest indian , but bhimrao is gretestman of the world he is a father of best counsititution , he was ma.med,bsc,msc, dsc, m phill,p hd d litt l l d, bar at law, j p from germen,france,uk,usa.. – rajendra vadhel kaj kodinar now ahmedabad

  27. Deepak kumar
    September 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm | #34

    Plz…….. I wants to see the Dr. B. R. Ambedker pictures on the indian currency Jay bheem jey bharat

  28. Thakur prashad
    September 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm | #35

    Jay bheem jay bharat,, i requests to rbi that he tags the picture of Dr. B. R. Ambedker. He is the gretest person of india

  29. Ajay Kumar
    September 15, 2012 at 2:06 am | #36

    I am very happy to see this.

  30. lion.k.v.balakrishna
    September 17, 2012 at 2:13 am | #37

    it is greatest and a golden day in indian history to baba saheb dr b.r.ambedkar in indian currency and the whole nation is waiting to celebrate the dayof publishing of his portrait. JAI BHEEM long live ambedkarisim

  31. ambedkar anand
    September 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm | #38

    i like very much dr.br.ambedkar i request rbi to print our great leader in indian currency.

  32. September 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm | #39

    Dr Ambedkar was not only a father of Indian constitution but also he was a great economist,great Indian,great leader, great human being and great Idol (inspiration) forever

  33. shailesh parmar
    October 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | #40

    I really glad to see our god dr.B.R.AMBEDAKAR on Indian currency..!!

    Gandhi doesn’t deserve that place as we all know….

    JAY BHIM

  34. rajesh kumar
    October 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm | #41

    bhai ham bhi aisa hi chahte he ki indian currency pe baba saheb ka photo aaye
    jai bheem

  35. ASHU AMBEDKAR
    October 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm | #42

    i requested to rbi that gandhi does not deserve his pic on indian currency.
    DR. B.R. AMBEDKAR always deserve that position he is the only father of nation not gandhi..!!

  36. October 19, 2012 at 11:32 am | #43

    Hi 2 all
    First of all I appreciate RBI for this announcement to issue a commemorative bank note for Dr.Bheem Rao Ambedkar Hat off for RBI…..!!

    C.M.A.Tamilvanan[Secretary]
    Numismatic&Philatelic Association of vellore fort

  37. October 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm | #44

    kiti shobhala asata bheem notawar tay anni kotawar. A dream coming true for our people.

  38. rahul
    October 28, 2012 at 11:37 pm | #45

    sabh logo jankar herani hogi ki bhrat ke sabse behtrin arthsastriy yadi koi hai to wo hai baba sahen ek baar plz “the problems of the rupees”plz padh lena…jai bhim

  39. sharad A. kamble
    November 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm | #46

    hi 2 all
    the great jai bhim

  40. Anil Kumar Gautam
    November 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm | #47

    baba saheb bheem rav ambedkar were the greatest indian dalits anthem.
    so please do somthing for baba saheb. i know that indian curency is half without bheem rav ambedkar ji.so today we promiss that come soon with photo of baba saheb bheem rao ambedkarin indian curency.
    otherwise we are not do somthing for baba saheb.
    jai bheem jai bharat

  41. November 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm | #48

    Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was really a great person, no one can be as greatest as him. He done a main role for dalit bahujan, so Babasaheb’s photo should be on indian currency.

  42. November 21, 2012 at 6:08 am | #49

    I am Exiting to see this when it was happened ….. Namo Buddha Jai bhim

  43. Ram Kumar
    December 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm | #50

    Baba Saheb ne INDIA ko ek nayi roshani di thi,but aaj log unko b bhul gaye h….Dr.B.R. Ambedakar ji, ke balidan ko hame sada yaad rakhana chahiye….JAI BHIM….JAI BHARAT…

  44. WAGH NILPESH S
    January 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm | #51

    OUR Dr.B R AMBEDKAR IS GREAT INDIAN.THEY DESERVED ON INDIAN CURRENCY.THERE ARE LOW POPULATION OF DALIT IN INDIA.THIS IS BAD NEWS FOR US.SO THIS REASON Dr.B R AMBEDKAR NOT ON INDIAN CURRENCY LAST 65 YEAR.BUT NOT FAR THAT TIME WHEN Dr.B R AMBEDKAR ON INDIAN CURRENCY.WE WAIT FOR THAT TIME.JAI BHIM .

  45. February 17, 2013 at 1:55 am | #52

    my lord my destiny baba shaheb ambedkar has to on indian curency..

  46. shilpa
    March 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm | #53

    Dr. B. R. Ambedker. He is the gretest person of india

  47. Meghavi kirti
    May 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm | #54

    Yes
    you are right.
    every dalit want to see BABA SAHEB DR.B.R. AMBEDKAR’S photo on every note.

  48. Vijay Rupawate
    June 9, 2013 at 12:57 am | #55

    it is greatest and a golden day in indian history to baba saheb dr B.R.Ambedkar in indian currency and the whole nation is waiting to celebrate the dayof publishing of his portrait. B.R.Ambedkar is the most intelligent person in the world, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came into picture according to the guidelines laid down by Dr Ambedkar. RBI was conceptualized as per the guidelines, working style and outlook presented by Dr Ambedkar in front of the Hilton Young Commission. When this commission came to India under the name of “Royal Commission on Indian Currency & Finance”, each and every member of this commission were holding Dr Ambedkar’s book named “The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution.”

  49. Yogesh More
    July 19, 2013 at 12:20 am | #56

    I & every indian want see the photo of babasaheb ambedkar on each & every indian note’s.

  50. sunil kasture
    December 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm | #57

    very good blog their is 90% of Indian who don’t know what Ambedkar had contributed to india every one is under impression that he has worked only for dalit but he has worked for every poor person

  51. H. S SHASHIKUMAR
    December 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm | #58

    I ALSO WANT to DR B.R AMBEDKER PHOTO ON OUR CURRENCY

  52. Rajendra Vadhel
    March 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm | #59

    Dr. Ambedkar is my father in iconomic by amityasen

  53. Aniket
    March 12, 2014 at 4:04 am | #60

    Dr.Ambedkar It is a gretest parson of India

  54. shivaji
    April 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm | #61

    Jai ho bheem rave ambedker ki Jai ho

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