20 October 2018

The Knotted Gun - Non Violence Sculpture

Date of Issue: 2 October 2018

In recognition of this year’s International Day of Non-Violence, the United Nations Postal Administration  issued three new definitive stamps featuring images of the Knotted Gun sculpture, officially known as the Non-Violence sculpture.  

The General Assembly, in June 2007, decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October, which is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

The Non-Violence sculpture was created in 1980 by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a tribute to John Lennon. It has become a symbol for peace and non-violence, with more than 30 sculptures placed in strategic locations worldwide, including the UN Headquarters in New York, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, and the Peace Park in Beijing.

The artwork for the 1¢ definitive stamp is an engraving by Martin Mörck of Norway. The € 0,90 and € 2,30 definitive stamps are painted knotted gun sculptures which are part of the Non-Violence Art Project.

The € 0,90 stamp features artwork by Swedish environmental explorer, Johan Ernst Nilson.
The € 2,30 stamp features artwork by English musician, song writer and actor, Ringo Starr of the band The Beatles. 
The Non-Violence sculpture is used as a symbol by the Non-Violence Project Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting peace and social change through education, to inspire, motivate and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts peacefully.
To quote Mahatma Gandhi: “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

19 October 2018

Festivals of India - Dussehra

Happy Dussehra !

Vijayadashami also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In the southern, eastern and northeastern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remem of the aspects of goddess Devi such as Durga or Saraswati. bering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore dharma. In the northern and western states, the festival is synonymously called Dussehra (also spelled Dasara, Dashahara). In these regions, it marks the end of "Ramlila" and remembers God Rama's victory over the Ravana. This day marks a reverence for one of the aspects of goddess Devi such as Durga or Saraswati.

17 October 2018

Boat Carried Special Cover from Allahabad

 Boat Carried  Special Cover


Sangam Philatelic Club, Allahabad with the approval of CPMG U.P. Circle released a BOAT CARRIED COVER "KEVAT PRASANG-RAMAYAN" at Shringverpur branch post office on 16 October 2018 by SSPOs Allahabad, Mr. Sanjay D. Akhade. This special cover was carried by Boat from Shringverpur to Rasoolabad Ghat, Allahabad. Special carried cover is conceived by M. Gulrez and designed by Ashok Mittal.

At a colourful ceremony at the branch post office at Shringverpur, organised by Club's senior vice president M.P.Singh, the symbolic Shri Ram , Mata Sita ,Lakshman ji and Nishadraj along with the duty postman carried the released cover in a well decorated boat from the Ghat of Shringverpur to the Ghat of Rasoolabad where it was received by the post master of Calvert lines post office.

- Mohd Gulrez.,Allahabad : email : gulrez.gulrez@gmail.com

New Special Cover

Celebrating 150 Years of Kolkata GPO (1868-2018) 

The General Post Office Building, Kolkata completes 150 years on 2nd October, 2018, Designed by Mr. Walter B. Granville, Government architect, GPO is an imposing and magnificent structure in the business district of Kolkata.

Its massive dome has drawn the attention of millions of visitors over the years and its corinthian columns are admired by all. GPO continues to occupy pride of place in the city of joy. 

: Suresh.R - Bengaluru

15 October 2018

Serbia -India Joint Issue

Serbia – India Joint Issue
70 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Date of Issue :15 September 2018

 The seventy-year journey of diplomatic relations based on friendship and partnership, characterized by full mutual trust and understanding between Serbia and India, began on 8 December 1948, only a year after the Republic of India became independent, crowning the struggle of Indian people and the teachings of the great Mahatma Gandhi that final victory can be won through non-violent activism, peacefully and without bloodshed.

Following the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Non-Aligned Movement was the forum where the then SFRY and the Republic of India cooperated and worked very closely, becoming important factors of international peace and stability. The words spoken by the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of the visit to Belgrade in 1955. will be remembered: “Distance dividing us vanishes in the meeting of our thoughts and the foundations have been laid for a friendship that will, I believe, be of an enduring nature”.

In the decades that ensued, a series of meetings were held, visits and letters exchanged between the top leaders, contributing to the strengthening of bilateral cooperation and position of the two countries on international level. The visit to India by the then Prime Minister and the incumbent President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić to participate at the “Vibrant Gujarat Summit” in January 2017, the official visit by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić in May 2018 as well as the visit by Vice-President of the Republic of India Venkaiah Naidu to Serbia in September 2018, are an expression of unequivocal commitment of the two countries to continue along the lines of intensified bilateral dialogue and strengthening of the overall cooperation. The Republic of Serbia and the Republic of India extended a hand of friendship and solidarity to each other in the most difficult times, while the respect of international law and principles of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states constitute a common ground of the foreign policy of both countries.

Motifs on the stamps: Nikola Tesla, Swami Vivekananda

Expert collaboration: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Artistic realization of the stamps: stamp “Nikola Tesla” – MA Boban Savić, academic painter; stamp “Swami Vivekananda” – Indian artist Ms. Gulistaan

Courtesy - Andjelka Djokic ,  PE Post of Serbia

13 October 2018

New Special Covers

Bapu 150 Philately Exhibition, Bangalore
  6 October 2018

This special cover was issued on the occasion of inauguration of Philatelic Exhibition " Bapu-150" depicting life of Mahatma Gandhi through stamps, postal stationery and collectibles.

-Suresh.R - Bengaluru

Ahimsapex 2018, Lucknow

Hobby Festival, New Delhi-10 October 2018

Hobby Festival, New Delhi - 10 October 2018

Ashwani Dubey-Gorakhpur
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