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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First Published on: November 22, 2016 12:02 pm
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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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      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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        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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            MyTake
            Nov 22, 2016 at 8:16 am
            Change the consution!
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              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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                    ak dev
                    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:29 am
                    Those who don't like the Devanagari, let them burn all new notes.
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                      avi
                      Nov 22, 2016 at 8:51 am
                      In India any can rake up an issue on a frivolous reason ! It is a mockery ?
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                        Dash
                        Nov 22, 2016 at 7:03 am
                        This is ridiculous. Periyar bos on High Court have ewduced themselves to jokes. My mother tongue is not Hindi but I do not see any proble. if devnagro script is there in the notes.
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                        1. பாரதி
                          Nov 23, 2016 at 3:26 am
                          If we accept English, a completely foreign language, what is wrong in accepting our Indian language?
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                            Binay
                            Nov 22, 2016 at 8:21 am
                            Dear babies KPT Ganesan and Madras HC! Language is only a medium. If you don't want any language other than English, then please file a peion to ban the use of numerals of the Indian languages to be used in all forms of communication. Let's use English numerals everywhere and be happy.
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                              Manikantan
                              Nov 22, 2016 at 10:04 am
                              The peioner named ganeshan should go an change his name to a tamil version, why he is using sanskrit name, and he is questioning the legitimacy of devanagari numerals!!!
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                                DA
                                Nov 22, 2016 at 7:10 am
                                Devanagari is as much Indian heritage as Tamil is. Both are dear to me, as an Indian. Making sure that all Indian languages flourish is every Indian's responsibility.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The courts seem to have so much time to entertain this nonsense, but are "overworked" when it comes to sentencing rapists and murders.
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                                  HKL
                                  Nov 22, 2016 at 10:25 am
                                  I told you, BRAHMINS DOGS CANNOT KEEP THEIR MIDDLE FINGER TO THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE THAT TRAIT OF FLIRTING EITH THE OLES OF THE INDIGENOUS POTION. AND EXACTLY BECAUSE OF THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DRIVEN OUT ALL THE WAY FROM THE CACAUSES!
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                                    Against Sick
                                    Nov 22, 2016 at 9:22 am
                                    The libtards sitting in higher judiciary is actively taking over the role of political opposition to the Govt. How else could they justify their utterly biased conduct and commentary in trivial cases as this
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                                      Sakthivel.D.V.
                                      Nov 22, 2016 at 10:28 am
                                      This was expected as soon as BJP have formed with a thumping majority. Look forward for the worst i.e. new education policy that will support old traditional system of education that will support brahmins. Hindi/sanskrit will be made compulsory. We have voted BJP to power we have to enjoy both good as well as bad decisions of the government. So friends dont cry.
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                                        sham
                                        Nov 22, 2016 at 7:12 am
                                        2000 numerals in English are ALREADY MENTIONED ON EACH SIDE of the note lt;br/gt;whats this foocking PIL
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                                          maz
                                          Nov 22, 2016 at 9:10 am
                                          DESIGN - its not there as a description of the currency but as a design .
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                                            Weed Baba
                                            Nov 23, 2016 at 6:11 pm
                                            All those having the Hindi vs Tamil debate here, pls go do something useful with your lives. If you dont like the note, give it to a trustworthy charity.
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