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


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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.”)

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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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  1. 2
    9883112082

    Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar,s photo must be shown in the Indian currency as he deserved it solely.No other Indian leaders even Mahtma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore do not have any contribution on Indian Finance.

  2. 11
    Nitin khade

    RBI is created based on the guideline given in Problem of Rupee and Its solutions. Asides many areas like, water ways development, Electricity disribution, Baba has given the guideline. Non other than Dr Babasaheb deserve to be on Indian Currency. Jay Bhim.

  3. 17
    sandeep B Ingle

    Babasaheb was greater than Gandhi in everything as knowledge,character,contribution to the nation but its badluck of our country we see Gandhi’s picture instead of Babasaheb on indian currency.We want only Babasaheb’s picture on indian currency

  4. 20
    Sunil Kumar

    Baba saheb Dr. B.R.Ambedkar is the “FATHER OF MODREN INDIA ” agar sahi mai india mai koi arthsastri tha to wo baba saheb thhe. agar kisi bhai ko yakon nahi hai to ek the “problem of rupey” naam ki kitab pad kar dekh le use apne aap patta chal jayega . to pls aap sabhi bhai jayda se jayda vote kare. jai bhim

  5. 24
    Prashanth.koyyada

    baba saheb is great indian more then great human, He say respect& love u r co-human begines.am always fallow baba saheb.because every second his inspire me.a want see him on our currency.his god of all indians. his only the indian genuine ledar

  6. 30
    Aniket Babar

    First of all i would like to appreciate this article.
    Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar the father of modern India, architect of Indian Constitution, a great social reforme,symbol of knowledge and equality is a true hero of our nation and the GREATEST INDIAN. He should be on our currency and notes(rupees) who is an great inspiration and the pride of our nation. Imagine the currency exchange would let the other people know that true great men like Dr Ambedkar and Gautam Buddha are the light of asia and will get inspired.

  7. 33
    Shivu

    Firstly I ask why RBI take Gandhi and tagore…?
    What they are given to RBI ..? And
    why RBI Leave Dr.BR Ambedkar…?
    But RBI is working with Ambedkar guideline’s and ” He is the real Man of our Nation and RBI ”
    not others…
    ” RBI must take Ambedkar in to the Indian currency ” soon ….

  8. 37
    GAGAN BIHARI NAYAK

    बाबा साहब ने जब RBI॰ के लिए इतना महनती किए सरकार ने उनके प्रातिमा भारतीय मुद्रा पर रखना चाहिए। मगर क्या करे, कुछ ऐसे लोग है जो भारतीय न्यायिक ब्याबस्था को तो मानते नेहि । उनको शिखाएगा कौन? गांधी ने देश आज़ादी किए तो उंकोप सम्मान मिलता । जो आर्थिक संस्कार मे इतना योगदान दिए उनको यह देश भूल गया ….तो हमारा यह खून क्या देश के हित मे नेहिं है । अगर है तो उनको भारतीय currency मे फोट रखना चाइए और गांधी को हटाना चाहिए । अब नेहिं होगा तो कब होगा… क्या अप्प सब बहू बाली मे काम करते रहेग्ङ्गे हम देखेते रहेंगे….कभी नेहिं । बाबा का फोटा रखिए…..जय भीम।

    • 38
      GAGAN BIHARI NAYAK

      बाबा साहब ने जब RBI॰ के लिए इतना महनती किए सरकार ने उनके प्रातिमा भारतीय मुद्रा पर रखना चाहिए। मगर क्या करे, कुछ ऐसे लोग है जो भारतीय न्यायिक ब्याबस्था को तो मानते नेहि । उनको शिखाएगा कौन? गांधी ने देश आज़ादी किए तो उंकोप सम्मान मिलता । जो आर्थिक संस्कार मे इतना योगदान दिए उनको यह देश भूल गया ….तो हमारा यह खून क्या देश के हित मे नेहिं है । अगर है तो उनको भारतीय currency मे फोट रखना चाइए और गांधी को हटाना चाहिए । अब नेहिं होगा तो कब होगा… क्या अप्प सब बहू बाली मे काम करते रहेग्ङ्गे हम देखेते रहेंगे….कभी नेहिं । बाबा का फोटा रखिए…..जय भीम।

  9. 40
    Shyamlal rajan

    Excellent service done for the nation.
    For today really India is very grateful
    to his excellence. …
    jai bheem. ..jai Bharat.

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    Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and America | Dr B R Ambedkar Books

    […] Ambedkar’s American contacts did not end when he left Columbia University in June, 1916, although one must admit they became minimal. He continued to correspond with Edwin Seligman, his mentor in Economics at Columbia, and occasionally recommended Indian students to Seligman. In 1930, Ambedkar wrote an article for the Columbia alumni magazine which reveals quite a sentimental attachment: “The best friends I have had in my life were some of my classmates at Columbia and my great professors, John Dewey, James Shotwell, Edwin Seligman and James Harvey Robinson.” In 1952, Ambedkar went back to Columbia to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws and it is clear that this recognition of his work meant much to him. It was in this period of the early 1950’s that Ambedkar was publicly critical of India’s foreign policy of non-alignment, which seemed to him to cut India off from American contacts. […]

  11. 53
    sunil kasture

    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

  12. 55
    Vijay Rupawate

    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.”

  13. 60
    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 .

  14. 61
    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…

  15. 64
    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

  16. 66
    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

  17. 68
    C.M.A.Tamilvanan

    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

  18. 69
    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..!!

  19. 71
    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

  20. 74
    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

  21. 78
    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

  22. 82
    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…

  23. 87
    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

  24. 91
    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.

  25. 93
    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

  26. 96
    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.

  27. 97
    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…?

  28. 100
    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.

    • 101
      Pardeep

      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!

  29. 102
    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

  30. 103
    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.

    • 107
      Pardeep

      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.

    • 109
      Pardeep

      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.

  31. 111
    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….

  32. 112
    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.

  33. 113
    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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