Britain to mark Gandhi's 1931 visit with commemorative coin

Britain to mark Gandhi's 1931 visit with commemorative coin

90th anniversary of the final visit by Mahatma Gandhi
Britain will commission a commemorative coin to mark the 90th anniversary of the final visit by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi; a girl poses for a picture, August 15, 2019, with her face painted depicting a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. (AFP/Manjunath Kiran)

LONDON: Britain will commission a commemorative coin to mark the 90th anniversary of the final visit by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, its finance minister announced on Thursday (Oct 10).

Gandhi came to London in 1931 for a roundtable conference on India's future and ended up travelling around Britain, including visiting textile workers in Lancashire.

"I've asked the team at the Royal Mint to bring forward proposals for a new, commemorative coin of Gandhi," Chancellor Sajid Javid said.

He announced the plan as he was named at the top of the GG2 Power List, which celebrates the most influential members of Britain's South Asian community.

Javid's Muslim parents moved from Pakistan to Britain before he was born in 1969.

"Gandhi taught us that power doesn't just come from wealth or high office," he said.

"We must always remember the values he lived his life by and that our parents brought with them when they arrived here all those years ago."

Source: AFP/de

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