British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak today (Thursday) announced the creation of a series of collector coins to coincide with the biggest Hindu festival, Diwali, in memory of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.
As Sunak explained in a statement, it pays homage to “an influential leader who inspired millions of people around the world” and “determined the movement for India’s independence” in the UK in 1947.
With the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, Sunak described himself as “the practicing Hindu” with Deepavali, the festival of lights of the Hindus.
British Finance Minister Rishi holds a coin in memory of Sunak Gandhi – Photo: Thanks / British Government
The British Treasury explained in a statement that “this is the first time Gandhi has been honored with an official British currency.”
This tribute is a way of “building lasting ties and cultural ties between London and New Delhi”.
Coins made of silver and gold can cost from 2 to 100 pounds (R $ 15 to R $ 760).
On them, the Indian national flower, the lotus, was inscribed with Gandhi’s quote, “My life is my message.”
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