02 October 2012

International Day of Non – Violence



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Tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri

2nd October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated all over the world as International Day of Non – Violence . 2nd October is also the birth anniversary of great Indian Leader and former Prime Minister, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. This Post is a philatelic tribute to these  great Indian leaders.

First British stamp on Gandhi


In 1969 Royal Mail released the first British stamp to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi and the stamp was the  first to be designed by an  Indian artist, Biman Mullick. The stamp celebrated the birth centenary of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.

The designer of the stamp was Biman Mullick an Indian graphic designer and illustrator then teaching at the Folkestone School of Arts and Crafts. Mullick’s design was simple but effective, showing Gandhi in front of the Indian flag. “The design brief gave complete freedom to the designers,” Mullick said. “Mahatma Gandhi maintained an extremely simple life style. This was a lead for me. I set out to achieve stark simplicity in this design.”

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Lal Bahadur Shastri (2 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) was the second Prime Minister of   India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party. Shastri as Prime Minister continued Nehru's policies of non-alignment and socialism. He became a national hero following the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. The war was formally ended in the Tashkent Agreement of 10 January 1966; he died the following day, still in Tashkent, of a heart attack.

Other  Famous  Personalities Born on 2nd October


Groucho Marx, born October 2, 1890 Comedian


Graham Greene, born October 2, 1904 Writer
Sting, born October 2, 1951 Musician

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