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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Know the Indian Rupee Symbol

On March 5, 2009 the Indian government announced a contest to create a symbol for the rupee. During the year 2010's Union Budget, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that the proposed symbol would reflect and capture the Indian ethos and culture. Five symbols were shortlisted, and the Cabinet selected the definitive symbol created by D Udaya Kumar on July 1 5, 2010.
  The symbol is derived from a combination the Devanagari letter 'र' and English letter 'R'. The parallel lines at the top (with white space between them) make an allusion to the tricolor and also depict an equality sign which symbolizes the nation's desire to reduce economic disparity. The Indian government wil
l try to adopt the symbol within six months in the country and globally within 18 to 24 months. Before the adoption of the symbol, the most commonly used symbols for the rupee were Rs, Re or if the text was in an Indian language, then an appropriate abbreviation in that language.
I have found very interesting slideshow on the slideshare by D. Udaya Kumar
Read the interview of man behind the rupee symbol
Content sources : Wikipedia, Slide Share