Gandhi Jayanti: Pic of girl cutting Mahatma’s pictures from Rs 500, Rs 2000 notes goes viral

Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated with much socio, cultural and political fanfare. Not only did the government offices get involved in commemorating the day, but many of us have grown up doing social projects remembering the ‘Father of the Nation’ on his birth anniversary, i.e., Oct 2. And like every year, Gandhi Jayanti celebrations in India have included various funny jokes and videos remembering the great Mahatma Gandhi. And the latest addition to the Gandhi Jayanti jokes being forwarded shows a young girl completing her ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ project by cutting up pictures of Mahatma Gandhi from the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 Indian Currency notes. Now, not only is that illegal, but a highly unusual way of paying tribute to the Mahatma.

On Oct 2, there were many debates whether the picture of the Gandhi project is real or fake. The picture is being blindly forwarded by many who find the scenario to be hilarious, however, not many know that cutting or destroying the Indian currency notes is illegal. The image has also stirred debates on whether the image is real or fake.

A picture showing a young girl writing her school project that reads ‘2 October – Gandhi Jayanti’ with cutouts of Mahatma Gandhi’s face from eight Rs 2000 notes and six Rs 500 notes, is being circulated on various social media applications like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. The image is being captioned “This little girl made a project on Gandhi Jayanti and her mother is still in shock.” While this image is being forwarded as a joke, it is important to know that actually cutting notes or destroying the Indian currency in any way is illegal in our country.

A close look at the image shows that several notes with the same serial number are being used in the project and people are debating if this is a mere work of photoshop or whether the girl was actually using coloured photocopies of the note. While some were stupefied to see it, others couldn’t stop themselves from adding a pinch of sarcasm and humour to it. A lot of Twitter users have also claimed that after looking at the piece of art, the child’s mother was dumbfounded. Check out some witty captions people have added to the photo here.

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