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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rupee symbol - India get's Rupee a face to recognize

I am excited to see the new rupee symbol. Finally Indian government decided and shortlisted the face to Indian rupee.

Rupee symbol  - India get's Rupee a face to recognizeSince the day I had seen the computer keyboard in my childhood, I wondered for the sign of $ on number 4 key. When I realized the reason behind it, I understood the power of US as economy and a country of innovations where computer was made. The wondering went on increasing as I came into field of computer engineering and started using the computers for most of my day. I look at the $ symbol on my keypad several hundred times a day. I use to think about the day when Indian rupee will get it's sign and when would we have it on computer keyboard. I have always seen my one of favorite cartoon characters Donald Duck with $ symbols flashing in his eyes, when can we have a donald duck playing with gold coins embossed with Rupee symbol on it? Sounds foolish ... huh ... but I guess we should be able to see it soon! And as an Indian, I would feel proud.

I am sure the day is not far when we can have the rupee symbol embossed laptop keypads to use along with $.

Rupee Symbol - D Udaya KumarDuring the Union Budget 2010 Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that proposed symbol would reflect and capture the Indian ethos and culture. Five symbols had been short listed and the Cabinet selected the definitive symbol created by D Udaya Kumar on 15 July 2010.

The symbol is a taken from the Devanagari ‘र’. The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) make an allusion to the tricolor Indian flag and also depict an equality sign which symbolizes the nation's desire to reduce economic disparity. The Indian government will try to adopt the symbol within six months in the country and globally within 18 to 24 months. Prior to this, the most commonly used symbols for the rupee have been Rs., Re. or रू.

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