First Day Cover: 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-2019)
First Day Cover
To mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a new stamp and a First Day Cover are being issued on 2nd October 2019.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. Through his philosophy of truth and nonviolence, and the use of non-violent political struggle for independence of India, he emerged as one of the foremost political and spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. His philosophy was emulated by several world leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, in their respective struggles.

Gandhiji’s life, draped in principles of simplicity and selfless service, has become an enduring lesson for entire humanity. His message continues to reverberate even today and with ease transcends boundaries, both policital and imagined. His contribution to human development is far too great and varied to have been forgotten or to be overlooked.

Gandhiji professed the importance of political and economic decentralization in order to reach out to the most destitute and ignored sections of society, ensuring creation of a more inclusive and equitable society. At a time when the planet faces large scale global environmental challenges, his message of protecting the environment is probably more relevant today than ever before.

India recognizes him as ‘The Father of The Nation’. His experitment with truth and non-violence probably saved India and Britain from ending up in an endemic cyle of mutual hate and revenge. His philosophy gave a new hope to several countries of Asia and Africa in their struggle for independence from colonial rule without largescale bloodshed.

Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned several times in his pursuit of non-cooperation and undertook many ‘fasts’ to protest against the oppression of the downtrodden in India. Being a true servant of the Creator and his earthly creations, Mahatma Gandhi remembered the Lord in his last words.

Mahatma Gandhi in Mauritius - 1901
On his way from South Africa to India in the Ship called ‘Nowshera’, he made a stop-over at Port Louis from 29th October-15th November 1901. He was warmly welcomed by the Indo-Mauritians who felt greatly honoured by the presence of a young barrister from India. During his stay in Mauritus, Mahatma Gandhi was exposed to the plight of the indentured labourers and other manual workers in Mauritius. He highlighted the importance of education to empower all sections of the Mauritian society. The global community has been celebrating 2nd October as the UN International Day of Non-violence since 2007.

Stamp Rs 13
The stamp showing the effigie of Mahatma Gandhi illustrates India’s most inspirational and historical figure who is universally recognised as the glorious symbol of ‘Truth and Non-Violence’.

First Day Cover
The First Day Cover illustrates the logo designed by the Authorities of the Republic of India to mark this occasion.

Technical Details:
  • Issuing Postal Operator: The Mauritius Post Ltd
  • Release date: 02 October 2019
  • Theme: 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Graphic Works: The Mauritius Post Ltd (Stamp, FDC & Insert)
  • Stamp denomination: Rs 13
  • Format: Landscape
  • Stamp size: 37.5 x 36.95 mm
  • Printer: Southern Colour
  • Watermark: w18 - CASCO
  • Print process: Lithography
  • Number per sheet: Two panes of 25
  • Perforation: 14 x 2 cm
  • Courtesy: High Commission of India, Mauritius


Price: USD 3.00

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