Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on Mahatma Gandhi :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 15, 1948
Issued to Commemorate the First Anniversary of Independence and in Mourning after the Death of Mahatma Gandhi
Picture : The Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi
Type : Postal Used
- 1.5 anna : Brown
- 3.5 anna : Violet
- 12 anna : Dark Gray Green
- 10 Rs : Purple-Brown & Lake
Watermark : No
Denomination : 1.5 annas, 3.5 annas, 12 annas & 10 rupees
Name : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Born on Oct 2, 1869 at Porbandar, Gujarat, India
Died on Jan 30, 1948 at New Delhi, India
- India has, through the ages, produced many great men and women; but none, surely, greater than Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was great in the nobility of the truths that he preached; great in the magnitude of his public achievements and great in the simplicity and selflessness of his personal life.
- As a young man seeking justice for the Indians in South Africa he evolved the method of action that will forever be associated with his name – Satyagraha, passive resistance. With this he returned in India, where his countrymen were striving to free themselves from British rule. He gave then his gospel of truth and non-violence, put courage into their hearts, steeled their will to revolt, and led them ultimately, after years of suffering and sacrifice, to their goal of Independence.
- To Mahatma Gandhi, national liberation did not, however, seen only the breaking of the chain of political slavery. It meant also the elevation of the ‘Untouchables‘, the Harijans, the lowest of the lowly, to a place of honour and dignity. And it meant the entire progress of economic betterment, of self-help and self-sufficiency, that was epitomised in his advocacy of the Charka.
- Towards the end, his life was almost wholly devoted to the promotion of better relations between Hindus and Muslims. Holding all religions in respect, he saw them not as barriers between one community and another, but as the supreme solvent of barriers, binding men together in mutual charity and tolerance.
- He was born at Porbandar, in Kathiawar, in 1869. 79 years ago, but he belongs not to Kathiawar as to India, but to the whole world. In an age shaken by violence and greed and fear, millions in every Country acknowledged him an foremost amongst those who showed them the way to a sane and ethical node of life.
- On January 30, 1945, in New Delhi, an assassin’s bullet put an end to his life. But his memory is imperishable; it will be as a beacon and an inspiration so long as men continue to fight for truth against falsehood, for freedom from tyranny, and for justice and brotherliness against violence and oppression.