Britain likely to mint coin honouring Mahatma Gandhi

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Britain is planning to mint a coin to honour and commemorate Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in acknowledging the contributions of people from different racial and minority ethnic communities.

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) in a letter to pursue recognition of individuals from those communities, the UK Treasury said in an emailed statement late on Saturday.

“RMAC is currently considering a coin to commemorate Gandhi”, the UK Treasury said. The treasury added, “British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) in a letter to pursue recognition of individuals from those communities”. The RMAC is an independent committee who recommend themes and designs for coins to Britain’s finance minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mahatma Gandhi advocated for non-violence and played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for independence. British institutions have begun re-examining their past. Many organizations have taken initiatives to make investments to help the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and to support racial diversity. Floyd’s death has led to global protests against racism, colonialism, and police brutality.

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