India on Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1983

A set of two commemorative postage stamps on the 7th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, New Delhi :

Commonwealth LogoEarly 19th century Goanese CoupleIssued by India

Issued on Nov 23, 1983

Issued for : Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a set of two commemorative stamps on this occasion.

Description of Designs : The stamp (200 p), designed by India Security Press, is based on a painting (Obtained through the courtesy of Ministry of External Affairs) showing a Goanese couple of early nineteenth century. The other stamp (100 p) designed by Kashi Nath Raha, depicts the logo of the commonwealth surrounded by doves forming a wreath encircling the logo. First day cover has also been designed by Kashi Nath Raha. Cancellation has been designed by Alka Sharma.

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 100 & 200 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.

Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Watermark : Unwatermarked P.G. matt coated paper

Number printed : 15,00,000 each

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of independent nations. Its members are pledged to consult together and to cooperate in the common interest of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace.
  • The Commonwealth consists of one quarter of the people and countries in the world. It draws its membership from all continents and embraces many races, religions and languages. The member countries display every stage of economic development from poor developing nations to wealthy industrialised nations.
  • Yet the Commonwealth is one of the strongest voluntary international groupings in the world. The association draws its strength from vital principles of partnership, equality and multiracialism which reflect its origin in the movement of decolonisation.
  • The summit of all Commonwealth activities is the meeting of Heads of Commonwealth Governments at two-yearly intervals. Through these meetings they have worked to advance cooperative programmes to fight poverty, combat racism and generate world peace.
  • Commonwealth leaders have also used these meetings to set up a number of technical programmes through which member countries pool their experience to improve standards in agriculture, education, health and many other fields. The Commonwealth Secretariat located in London administers these programmes. They have also founded the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation through which experts are sent to work in member countries.
  • Commonwealth summits may be held in any Commonwealth country. The last six venues have been Singapore (1971), Ottawa (1973), Kingston (1975), London (1977), Lusaka (1979) and Melbourne (1981). New Delhi is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, 1983.
  • Text by courtesy : Ministry of External Affairs.

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