Friday, July 5, 2013

A COIN A CONTROVERSY



Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is to celebrate its silver jubilee.

On this occasion, Reserve Bank of India is putting into circulation a coin of denomination of Rs 5.
Unfortunately, Muslim community has objected to this coin being put into circulation and have threatened to protest against this.
  
Dr Azimuddin, chairman of Movement for Human Welfare said, “Ours is a secular country and featuring the picture of a Hindu goddess on the coin will harm secularity,” while adding that “Coins are given to beggars and tossed by saints during holy processions. With such instances, it is not proper to imprint a picture of a deity on it.”


Meanwhile, spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha Abhay Vartak said, “Coins bearing pictures of Mother Teresa, Alfonso have been issued in the past. What’s wrong if coins embossed with images of Vaishno Devi are circulated?”

Why should anyone have objections as earlier coins with picture of Mother Teresa have been circulated?

This is a result of appeasement policy.


Let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW


 news /picture courtesy bhaskar.com

20 comments:

Rachna said...

hmmm. I don't know what to say. We have to bring our personal views into everything in India.

Shri Ram Ayyangar said...

In my opinion, coins meant for circulation should not bear the picture of any God or Goddess, be it of any religion or community.

anilkurup said...

We are adept in much ado about nothing. aren't we?
However let me state my opinion on this.
Mother Teresa and Sis Alphonso and the likes- mortals are honoured through the issue of commemorative coins, currency notes and postal stamps. By the same yard stick , Vaishnodevi or Krishna or Siva too have the right to be on the coins and stamps.
But then why do we have to imprint unseen Gods on postal stamps or coins?

Do we have shortage of greatness in mortal forms , men and women who lived larger than life in flesh and blood?

BTW, I'm astonished and pleasantly surprised by this strange note of reverence from the Muslim organisation who objected to the Vaishnavadevi coin because people may not be respecting it when they throw it as alms etc.

shyam Gupta said...

ऑब्जेक्शन --जो धर्म के आधार पर है अत्यंत गर्हित विचार धरा के अंतर्गत है एवं अनर्गल व गलत है....
---- और यदि इम्मोर्टल ईश्वरीय तत्वों को सामान्य से सिक्कों पर छापना गलत है तो मोर्टल व्यक्ति को भी क्यों गलत नहीं है ...उनका भी तो अपमान होता है सिक्कों व डाक-टिकटों को यूंही फैंकने से ....
----अतः बात सरकार व विज्ञजनों पर छोड़ डी जानी चाहिए.....

Insignia said...

Interesting...Does any other country have these kind of coins in circulation? Would be interesting to know.

My opinion - honor the nature, the great men and women who have worked for the people, for the world, for the country.

Portraits of God or Goddess as we know are a figment of someone's imagination isn't it? Lets say; for eg. If Indian govt to appease secularism will also decide to print Lord Jesus Christ. Isn't that they would put a pic of Ceaser Borjia in reality :)

R. Ramesh said...

ya like rachna i am also fed up of all this drama sir...hope good sense will prevail

Shilpa Garg said...

It is funny that such issues would gain more importance and a lot of time would be wasted on addressing such things rather than working on issues that need urgent attention.
Since, we are a secular country, why create issues with having pictures of Gods/Goddesses of one community. When we very well know that soon there would be demands from other religions to commemorate their saints and Gods...

BK Chowla, said...

Rachna,In any democratic country, personal views are a good sign.But,when it leads to negativism,it is a dangerous sign

BK Chowla, said...

Shri Ram ayyangar,
I agree,but,it must apply not only to hindus

BK Chowla, said...

anilkurup,
With the kind of backing muslims are getting from Secular Brigade in the Govt,they will not miss any oppurtunity

BK Chowla, said...

Shyam Gupta,
May be.But,govt doesnt seem to understand the emotions of Hindus

BK Chowla, said...

insnia,
I couldnt agree more

BK Chowla, said...

R ramesh,
Lets see as to when will good sense prevail

BK Chowla, said...

Shilpa,
We ceate issues so as to keep the main issuesunder wraps

SG said...

@ Insignia,

Indonesia is a Muslim country. Still, their currency note of Rupiah 20,000 depicts a picture of Lord Ganesha on it.

Insignia said...

SG,

I know! See, its all about opinion. I would any time appreciate a coin with natural history, monuments or great men than religious figures. If Indonesia has an image of Lord Ganesh inspite of being a Muslim country; it shown their tolerance, In India, though we tom-tom about secularism, we aren't.

Harleena Singh said...

Hi BK,

I'm of the view to keep the sacred Gods off the coins and currency notes, except the ones that are worshiped, such as on the Diwali day. But one can always have the emblem of the shrine board on the coins.

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

BK Chowla, said...

Insignia,
Yap,Bindu.Problem with us is not relgion,it is a compitition with man next door

BK Chowla, said...

Harleena,
Absolutely.

liju philip said...

Its better to stick to having no images of any religious persons on the currency. Looking at how stupid Indians are and how easily they get outraged over silly, petty issues, that is enough for a riot to start.