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?”)

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77 responses to “Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Indian currency and RBI

  1. Meghavi kirti

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

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  2. shilpa

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

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

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  4. WAGH NILPESH S

    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 .

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  5. Ram Kumar

    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…

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

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  7. 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.

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  8. Anil Kumar Gautam

    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

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  9. sharad A. kamble

    hi 2 all
    the great jai bhim

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  10. rahul

    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

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

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  12. 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

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  13. ASHU AMBEDKAR

    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..!!

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  14. rajesh kumar

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

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  15. shailesh parmar

    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

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  16. 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

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  17. ambedkar anand

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

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  18. lion.k.v.balakrishna

    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

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  19. Ajay Kumar

    I am very happy to see this.

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  20. Thakur prashad

    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

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  21. Deepak kumar

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

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  22. rajendra j vadhel "aatash"

    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

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    • rajendra j vadhel "aatash"

      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

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  23. jitendra kumar

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

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  24. ASHWANI

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

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  25. Boopathy Ambedkar

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

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  26. vikas

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

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  27. vikas

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

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  28. vikas

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

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  29. vikas

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

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  30. Ashwin raj

    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

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  31. k t vasu

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

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  32. milind tukaram jadhav

    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.

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  33. vijay makwana

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

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  34. Rakesh sontakke nagpur

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

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  36. Anisha

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

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  37. Satish jatav

    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.

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  38. chetan maru

    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…?

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  40. Dr Kuldeep

    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.

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    • 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!

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  41. K L Parihar

    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

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  42. faizal

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

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  43. HI Pradeep,

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

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

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    • 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.

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  45. sushil

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

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    • 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.

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  47. vinit raj

    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….

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  48. Dhananjay Awale

    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.

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  49. prashant agale

    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.

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