The United Kingdom is considering minting a coin to commemorate India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, amid growing interest in recognising the contributions of people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

UK’s Finance Minister Rishi Sunak asked the Royal Mint Advisory Committee (RMAC) in a letter to pursue recognition of individuals from those communities, the UK Treasury said in an emailed statement late on Saturday.

“RMAC is currently considering a coin to commemorate Gandhi”, the Treasury said.

Gandhi, who was born in 1869, advocated for non-violence throughout his life and played a key role in India’s struggle for independence. His birthday, October 2, is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Often referred to as India’s “father of the nation”, he was assassinated by a Hindu radical on January 30, 1948, just a few months after he led India to freedom from British rule

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