Dadabhai Naoroji on British currency notes?

The image of Dadabhai Naoroji the first ever Asian origin MP to enter the House of Commons in 1892 may soon be printed on British currency notes if an influential Labour party think-tank?s recommendation is accepted.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2005 10:43 IST

The image of Dadabhai Naoroji the first ever Asian origin MP to enter the House of Commons in 1892 may soon be printed on British currency notes if an influential Labour party think-tank’s recommendation is accepted.

The Fabian Society, which is considered close to Downing Street and holds several conferences and meetings that are attended by senior leaders of the Labour Party, has mooted the idea. Naoroji was elected for the Liberal Party from Central Finsbury in London in July 1892.

A Parsi, he refused to take the oath in the house on the Bible as he was not a Christian, but was allowed to take oath of office in the name of god on his small book of Avesta. He lost the next election in 1895. Sunder Katwala, general secretary of the Fabian Society, said, “Our national symbols should reflect the nation we are today.”

Having images of Asian and Afro-Caribbean people who contributed to British society, the society wants to create a new definition of Britishness. The society is also wants to get rid of Florence Nightingale, Edward Elgar and Darwin from notes, or even remove the Queen’s face altogether.

First Published: Dec 21, 2005 10:43 IST