Dadabhai Naoroji on British currency notes


March 14, 2006

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The image of Dadabhai Naoroji, the first ever Asian MP to enter the House of Commons in 1892, may soon be printed on British currency notes, if the recommendation of an influential Labour Party think-tank is accepted.

Naoroji was elected for the Liberal Party from Central Finsbury in London on July 1892. A Parsi, he refused to take the oath in the House on the Bible as he was not a Christian, but took the oath of office in the name of God on his small book of Avesta. He lost the next election in 1895.

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