Why Devanagari numerals on notes, Madras High Court questions govt

Citing Article 343 of the Constitution, the petitioner argued that only international form of Indian numerals can be used for official purposes of the Union.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 7:38 am
Demonetisation, Madras High Court, Devanagari, Devanagari-2000 notes, Rs 2000-Devanagari, currency notes-Devanagari, Devanagari numerals on notes, India news, latest news, Tamil Nadu news, Indian Express The petitioner contended that the usage of ‘Devanagari’ numerals is against the Indian Constitution and, therefore, asked the court to declare the newly-introduced Rs 2,000 notes as ‘invalid’.

In what may give the opposition parties further ammunition to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Madras High Court has questioned the ruling dispensation on what authority it has printed ‘Devanagari’ numerals on the new Rs 2000 currency notes along with the regular English numerical.

On Monday, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had posed this question to the Centre while hearing a PIL filed by KPT Ganesan, a Madurai resident. He had also demanded a reply from the Finance Ministry on the same.

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Citing Article 343 of the Constitution, the petitioner argued that only international form of Indian numerals can be used for official purposes of the Union. He also contended that the usage of ‘Devanagari’ numerals is against the Indian Constitution and, therefore, asked the court to declare the newly-introduced Rs 2,000 notes as ‘invalid’.

According to Ganesan, the Official Languages Act, 1963 doesn’t allow any provision for the use of Devanagiri numerals. He also pointed out that even the President didn’t give the nod for any such usage of Devanagiri.

The newly introduced higher currency notes should also be deemed invalid as the Centre hadn’t passed any law in Parliament to allow the usage of Devanagiri script on the new notes, the petitioner further contended.

In fact, the new Rs 500 notes too have the same script.

PM Modi’s sudden announcement to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in circulation, though welcomed by people across the country, has left many in the lurch and utter state of confusion. The Centre has, however, insisted that the move is aimed at rooting out the menace of black money, a promise which they had vigorously made before forming the government two years back.

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    Suhas
    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:39 am
    Hindi is our national language which is formally written in Devanagari script...
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    1. B
      Bonkered.bhakt
      Nov 22, 2016 at 9:45 am
      If you can understand, BRAHMINIZATION of the country by slyly seeping their filth has been accelerated.
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      1. J
        Jim
        Nov 22, 2016 at 6:59 am
        Rice bag convert has filed a case in court which another rice bag convert is hearing. I wonder what's cookinglt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I mean saambar rice or idlis
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          hitender
          Nov 22, 2016 at 6:53 am
          This is ridiculous. I wonder if someone filed a case if the numeral were printed in arabic or urdu. In previous currencies the numerals were printed in all major languages in superscript. So whats the fuss now?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Above all, Devanagari is indian heritage, we welcome its presence on currency. Mr. Ganeshan is also indian so i think he will reconsider his case.
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          1. M
            MyTake
            Nov 22, 2016 at 8:16 am
            Change the consution!
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            1. S
              Saksham
              Nov 22, 2016 at 11:36 am
              Does this really matter?
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              1. K
                Kafkaesque.Brahmins
                Nov 22, 2016 at 10:02 am
                Devanagari script has its origin in the Rig Veda. We "KAFKAESQUE BRAHMINS" who migrated from Central Asia after we were driven out by the local potion have sacrificed much to carry over the Devanagari script and of course the caste system. It is the same period when We "KAFKAESQUE BRAHMINS" developed the highly sophisticated INTER PLANETARY SPACESHIPS THAT HAD OPPOSING PROPELLERS!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Kafkaesque: having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality
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                  Hk
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 10:10 am
                  LOL!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;LOL!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;LOL!
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