Amid growing interest in recognizing the contributions of people from the BAME community (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) Britain is considering minting a coin to remember Mahatma Gandhi.
Rishi Sunak Britain’s current Finance Minister issued an order in a letter to the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) to pursue recognition of individuals from the BAME community. Taking a step ahead in following the order RMAC will mint a coin to commemorate Gandhi. While remembering Mahatma Gandhi the officials from the department said in a statement, “Often referred to as “Father of the Nation” Mahatma Gandhi, was born in the year 1869. He advocated for non-violence throughout his life and played a key important role in India’s Freedom Movement. 2nd October, Mahatma’s birthday is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi Ji died on January 30, 1948, just a few months after he led the country’s freedom from British rule”.
Recently in the past, the death of a Black man, George Floyd, in the United States after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes has triggered a large ambush across the people not only in the US but worldwide. British institutions have begun re-examining their past as part of a global reassessment of history, colonialism and racism triggered by the recent protests. Since then many organizations have taken initiatives to make investments to help the Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and to support racial diversity. Recently a lot of global protests against racism, colonialism and police brutality has been seen after the death of George Floyd.
Abbreviated form for Royal Mint Advisory Committee. RMAC is a fully independent committee made up of a group of experts chosen from across the country. Their main work is to recommend themes and designs for minting coins to Britain’s finance minister.