Archive for July, 2015

Belated insights about the Indian rupee symbol

July 17, 2015

Can you imagine how petty it would look if the U.S. said, “We’re tired of sharing a currency sign with Canada and Mexico. Even though $ is a perfectly good symbol with historical pedigree, it’s too easy type in ASCII, and we’re special. We’re going to make up a new one, just for us, and then because we have a consumer market of 30 crore, manufacturers and standards-making bodies will be forced to implement it.”

While staggering numbers of fellow citizens drink from the same water they shit in, Indians on the Internet were circlejerking over their government’s decision to spend money and effort instead on a hollow show of their economic might and inferiority complex. (You saw this evidenced in utterly fallacious, ignorant statements like, “Other world powers, like Japan, the U.S., and Britain, have their own symbols not shared with any other countries.”)