Pune, Aug 02: In a bizarre instance of callousness, a
discrepancy in the just released five rupee coin commemorating
150th birth anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak has led to the
scrapping of around 20 lakh coins by the Reserve Bank of India.
The much-awaited coin designed to hail Tilak, who was
called as the 'Father of Indian Unrest' by the British, had
been released at an impressive ceremony in Delhi in the
presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
President Sonia Gandhi on July 23.
Revealing this at a function to give away Lokmanya Tilak
award (2007) conferred on eminent defence scientist Dr A Shivtanu Pillaihere last night, Dr DJ Tilak, great grandson
of the freedom fighter, said the coin was expected to be
available for circulation on August 1, which marks Tilak's
Unfortunately, a mistake in the embossed words upset that
schedule. "We are now hoping for the early arrival of the
corrected version of the coin as thousands of patriots and
`Tilak lovers' are eagerly awaiting to preserve his memory,"
he said at the ceremony attended by Union Power Minister
Sushil Kumar Shinde.
The word 'Tilak' had been embossed as 'Tilakji' in
minting which was at variance of the accepted practice while
launching commemorative coins. The correct version will be
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Dr Tilak told reporters.
The non-availability of the coin on Wednesday came as a
disappointment for a number of people who had come to Tilak
Smarak Mandir, venue of the award function.