One guideline makes all the difference

To be fair, the Finance Ministry has only one erroenous guideline in the matter of the Rupee Symbol. If that one guideline #5 (partly crossed out below) is modified to remove the bad taste of Hindi Imposition, that would be a reconfirmation of India being a true democracy, and (it's funny one has to say this about the Govt. of India) conforming to the Constitution of India which does not have the term "National Language" anywhere.

Here are the guidelines as found on the official notice from the Finance Ministry, with the erroneous one (#5) partly crossed out.
  1. The symbol should be sent only on an A-4 size paper in black and white print.
  2. A graphical construction of the symbol design in exact proportions in a bigger size, along with final design, Theme synopsis and concept is required to be submitted.
  3. The symbol should represent the historical & cultural ethos of the country as widely accepted across the country.
  4. The size of the final design should not be smaller than 232 square cm (36 sq inches). It is to be submitted along with minimum TEN different proportionally smaller sizes up to 4 points font size of the text matter.
  5. The symbol should be applicable to standard keyboard. The symbol has to be in the Indian National Language Script or a visual representation.
  6. The symbol should be original work of the participant and must not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights of any third party.
  7. A participant can send a maximum of two entries.
  8. The entry could be an individual project or a team project.
  9. The entries received without the requisite fee shall be out rightly rejected.
Will the Finance Ministry reform guideline #5?

2 comments:

Mahesh said...

they care a damn. Those in the finance ministry will be either Tamilians who are least bothered on these kinda cases, and Hindians/converted Hindians who always have a word or two to teach about patriotism vs. hindi.

ಅಜೇಯ said...

Is there an official complaint channel against this hegemony? We should start an online petition against this anti-constitutional propaganda by the Ministry.

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