India on Children’s Day 1987

A commemorative postage stamp on National Childrens Day 1987 :

International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (United Nations)Issued by India

Issued on Nov 14, 1987

Issued for : The Department of Posts has issued stamps to mark Children’s Day almost every year. It is happy to add its tribute this year to “A Child’s Right to a Home” – a place where a child can belong, grow and develop into a secure and responsible person.

Description of Designs : The 60p stamp is based on a painting by a young artist, Siddharth Deshprabhu. The First Day Cover is designed by Smt. Chandrika Kumar and the cancellation by Smt. Alka Sharma.

Type : Stamp, Mint condition

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 60 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported unwatermarked adhesive gravure coated stamp paper

Number Printed : 15,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed : India Security Press

About : 

  • 14th November, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru‘s birthday, is celebrated all over India as Children’s Day, a tribute to his love for children and his vision which placed the future in their hands. This year Children’s Day theme is A Child’s Right to a Home.
  • The Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted unanimously in November 1959 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Its preamble proclaims that “Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give. It is the right of the child to have opportunities to develop physically, mentally, socially in conditions of freedom and dignity within home and outside home”.
  • For the child the home should be a haven of security, free of friction, where the foundation of self-confidence, initiative, creativeness, self-discipline and aptitude for cooperation are laid. A child’s personality flowers to fulness here and it becomes a sustaining memory in later years.
  • The instinct to build a home and “play home” is dormant in every child and is a basic need. Yet millions of children in India, and indeed the world over, are deprived of this. They live in deplorable conditions, in extreme cases, being abandoned altogether and turning to delinquency or beggary.
  • The United Nations has declared 1987 as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless and Governments everywhere are designing and implementing schemes to provide shelter. But the task is stupendous and a year is too brief to meet all the objectives. However, the year should mark the beginning of a long-term plan to provide shelter to those who need it most – real homes full of love and care.

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