A zero rupee note is a type of fantasy money issued in India as a means of helping to fight systemic political corruption. The notes are paid in protest by angry citizens to government functionaries who solicit bribes in return for services which are supposed to be free. Zero rupee notes, which are made to resemble the regular 50 rupee banknote of India.
In 2007, a non-profit organization called 5th Pillar unveiled a new means for Indians to register their refusal to participate in bribery – the “zero rupee note.” Closely patterned after the nation’s fifty rupee notes, these documents instead included anti-corruption slogans. Zero rupee notes have been issued in five of the 22 scheduled languages of India, including Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu.