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How Gandhi's Portrait Ended Up on Currency Notes

Ever wondered how Mahatma Gandhi's portrait came to be on Indian currency notes? It's not a drawing but a historic photograph. The image, showing Gandhi smiling beside British politician Lord Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, was taken by an unknown photographer in 1946.Before Gandhi's portrait was introduced on Indian currency in 1996, the notes featured the Ashoka Pillar. The switch to Gandhi's image marked a significant change in the design and symbolism of Indian currency.