BJP MLA Raja Singh
In a recent public gathering in Sambhajipur, BJP MLA Raja Singh stirred controversy by claiming that countries like America, Thailand, Indonesia, and certain European nations feature images of Hindu gods on their currency. He asserted that it is the demand of 100 crore Indians to have pictures of Lord Ram on Rs 500 banknotes, urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the change.
Singh specifically pointed to Indonesia, a country with an 87% Muslim population, where Hindu deities, including Lord Ganesha, are depicted on the 20,000 rupiah currency. “India must do the same with Lord Rama’s image on the Rs. 500 note,” he stated, drawing parallels with Indonesia’s practice.
However, it is essential to clarify that the claim made by Raja Singh regarding the inclusion of Hindu gods on currency notes in America, Thailand, and certain European nations is not accurate.
During his speech, Singh also endorsed a viral fake claim circulating on social media, asserting that new Rs 500 banknotes featuring Lord Ram, rather than Mahatma Gandhi, would be issued on January 22. Interestingly, this date coincides with the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Hindu warrior Tiger Raja Singh requests Modiji to have ShreeRam Prabhu’s photo on 500 rupee note
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The fake post circulating on social media further alleges that Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir will replace the Red Fort, and symbolic elements such as a bow and arrow will be incorporated into the design. These claims, however, lack any official confirmation and appear to be fueled by misinformation.
The controversy sparked by Raja Singh’s statements has drawn criticism from various quarters, with many questioning the appropriateness of intertwining religious sentiments with currency design. As of now, there has been no official statement from the government regarding any change in the design of Indian currency notes, particularly the Rs 500 denomination.
As the nation awaits the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22, the debate surrounding Raja Singh’s proposal highlights the delicate balance between religious sentiments and the official representation on currency notes in a diverse and multicultural country like India.Crime Today News | Hyderabad
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