UK Chancellor Exchequer Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering a proposal that small national figures with less impact be included in the UK coffers to celebrate British diversity.
According to ‘The News Dope’, plans have been sent to the Royal Mint for further submissions as the Indian Finance Minister demonstrates a campaign to include national, black and indigenous black figures from history. of coins entitled “Service to the Nation”.
Participants include Noor Inayat Khan, Britain’s first Indian World War II commander, and Khudadad Khan, the first British Indian Army soldier to receive the prestigious Victoria Cross Award, the highest honorary award for gallantry in the face of British and Commonwealth enemies.
“We are proposing that future themes be made for the nation by black people, Asians and a few others, in military wars and in front of the home,” said Zehra Zaida, a member of the Indian Conservative Party. letter to Sunak.
“This motto will unite people, especially as the world is united in the disease, and we see the full potential of the work of the smallest workers in our health and care services,” the letter said.
“It is very important that this country does not miss another opportunity to show that the contributions of black, Asian, and other ethnic groups are truly taken into account. Signs are important and we encourage you to support our campaign, ”wrote the letter.
UK Treasury Secretary John Glen told the ‘News Dope’ that Sunak “wanted to support” the request in time.
” Sunak is looking at the letter from Zehra and will respond later,” he said.
“Obviously we support and look forward to this, we need to see more proposals from the Royal Mint but we look forward to this happening,” he said.
The campaign is also supported by several historians including Sarrani Basu, author of ‘Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan’, and politicians such as Conservative Party MP Tom Tugendhat and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.
“I am very happy that the story of Noor Inayat Khan has inspired so many people and that it has become an icon. Noor was an ordinary war hero, ”said Basu, founder of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust.
Zaidi was previously behind a campaign to get the Bank of England to select an ethnic minority heroine for a newly-printed GBP 50 note, proposing Noor Inayat Khan among the options. However, Britain’s computer pioneer Alan Turing was the choice for the new banknote which goes into circulation from next year.