This work is just a tiny part of a much larger, decades-long, global research effort by thousands of scientists (note lack of scare quotes) to try and take traditional medicine and other practices (including westerners: aspirin, for example), discover what works, how it works, and make that knowledge generally available.....
and then patent it (e.g. turmeric), so they can use it commercially. The patent then raises the specter of legal threats against the people who use it and have been using it traditionally over hundreds of years.
Now it doesn't.
Dumb question - What was wrong with the old Rupee symbol?
It wasn't a symbol, but rather just two letters ("Rs"). Which isn't "cool", I guess...
It wasn't a symbol AND Pakistan , Sri Lanka and Nepal all use the name rupee for their currency, and the INR needed to be distinguished from these, since rupee, or Rs. 500, for example is equally valid for the currency of all 4 nations.
Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.