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HC dismisses PIL for withdrawal of coins with religious images

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I had been to Lanka 2 weeks back...Every nook & corner of the country has giant statues of Buddha! Complete Buddha-isation of the country..The Sinhalese are very pious...Probably this was their way of checking the growth of missionaries...While for even chanting Asathoma Sadgamaya we may be arraigned by Court!! Shame on our country!! And we are allowing giant churces to be constructed..Go to East Coast Road...Full of Churches...There is no one to protect and grow our religion!!

[h=1]HC dismisses PIL for withdrawal of coins with religious images[/h]January 11, 2018 14:47


The Delhi High Court today dismissed a plea seeking withdrawal of coins having religious symbols embossed on them, saying it does not dent the secular fabric of the country. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar rejected the PIL filed by two Delhi residents who had sought a direction to the RBI and the Finance Ministry to withdraw the coins brought out in 2010 and 2013 with images of Brihadeeswara Temple and Mata Vaishno Devi, respectively.

"It does not dent the country's secular fabric and secularism does not bar issuance of coins to commemorate any event," the bench said. The bench observed that the petitioners were not able to support their argument that the act of issuing coins with religious figures was impacting religious practices.

"The decision to issue coin to commemorate an occasion is purely in the domain of the government under the Coinage Act, 2011," the court said, adding there was no act of favouritism or discrimination by the government by directing minting of coins to commemorate a particular event under the Act. The PIL filed by Delhi residents, Nafis Qazi and Abu Sayeed, had sought a direction to the RBI and the Finance Ministry to withdraw the coins brought out in 2010 and 2013 with religious symbols on them.

"These symbols undermine the secular character, a basic feature of the Constitution.... The making, marking, naming, drawing, embossing or displaying overtly any religious figure or symbol is tantamount to espousing a religion by the State," the plea had said. -- PTI



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This post has split personality.

One is a rant (?) against symbols of non-Hindu religion.
2nd one is upholding of Hindu religious symbols.

In The second issue, the SC very clearly stated that it was a recognition of an architecture, not religion.

If the country is declared a Hindu country and then Hindu symbols can be used in currency, flag or anything. But India is a Secular democracy. Sorry for the inconvenience you have to accept that.

Ask the Hindu who have to live in non-secular (and some so-called secular) oppressive religious counties.


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This is the right decision by the Court.
The word Secular is not found in the original Constitution passed by the Constitution Assembly. The words "Secular and Socialistic" were included in the Preamble of the Constitution by Indira Gandhi's Government by the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution of India enacted in 1976, due to political exigency. Though the Preamble to the Constitution asserts that India is a secular and Socialistic nation, neither the Constitution, nor its laws define the words or the relationship between religion and state.
All these difficulties can be avoided when the Government passes a "Common Civil Code" as per the directive principles of the Constitution. All the Court decisions are based on circumstantial assumptions and extensive debates.
It is my personal view, In this particular issue the Court decision is correct.

Coins are just a metal pieces issued by Government as a medium of exchange with a value, nothing more than that.

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