Rupee gets symbol on par with dollar, pound

MUMBAI Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:50pm IST

The new symbol of the rupee is seen in this handout photograph after it was approved by the cabinet July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Press Information Bureau of India/Handout

The new symbol of the rupee is seen in this handout photograph after it was approved by the cabinet July 15, 2010.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - The rupee has achieved parity with major currencies such as the dollar, euro, pound sterling and yen in one respect: it now has its own symbol.

India's cabinet on Thursday approved the adoption of the new symbol after holding a competition that drew more than 3,000 entries, which were evaluated by a deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India as well as artists and designers.

The new symbol, an amalgam of the devanagari script of the Hindi language and the Roman letter "R", "reflects and captures the Indian ethos and culture", the cabinet said in a statement.

"The symbol for the rupee would lend a distinctive character and identity to the currency," it said, and better distinguish the currency from countries that also have the rupee or rupiah, including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

The winning design, pulled from a shortlist of five, came from a post-graduate student who won $5,000.

(Reporting by Tony Munroe and Rina Chandran; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan)

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ramshankar wrote:
the symbol does not reflect indian cultural and historical ethos, which is one of the conditions of the contest. it is just a mix of roman and devanagri scripts which probably means that India is a mix of traditional and western cultures. But this is true of every nation that has come under western influence. There is nothing specific in it about India. And there is nothing to feel proud about it when almost every country has to say that. It is an insignificant part of our history considering the fact that it is universally true about all countries. There are many things to feel proud about India and none of these is represented by this symbol.
It is not a correct choice.
Moreover the contest itswlf was not conducted in a fair manner. There were many legitimate questions that people raised for which there was no answer from the ministry. The symbol violates rules of the contest. I hope people would file a case against the jury and cancel this selection and conduct a separate selection process once again.

Jul 17, 2010 12:31pm IST  --  Report as abuse
hpanchal78 wrote:
I agree. Something better could have been done

Jul 17, 2010 2:53pm IST  --  Report as abuse
hpanchal78 wrote:
It does not represent a majority of the country

Jul 17, 2010 2:54pm IST  --  Report as abuse
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