Complete set of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamp on the India–Russia Friendship Issue :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 16, 1990
Description of design : The design of the Indian stamp on Russian theme is based on the prize-winning painting of Sanjay Adhikari, VIII std., Kalakendra, Chandernagore. Design of the Russian stamp on an Indian theme is based on the painting of Vorontsova Tanya of Kishnikov, Maldovia. The First Day Cover is based on the painting of Shuchita Datta, VIII Std., New Delhi. Cancellation design is by Alka Sharma.
Type : Se–tenant set of 2 Stamps, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 100 & 650 Paise
Overall size : 9.60 x 3.60 cms.
Printing size : 8.70 x 3.15 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwater Gravure Coated Stamp Paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 20
Printing Process : Photogravure Process
Printed : India Security Press
- The ties between the people inhabiting the present day India and the Soviet Union go back to the pre-christian era. In those ancient times people of the two countries had forged vital commercial and cultural links. Excavations in Soviet Central Asia have uncovered the remains of Buddhist Stupas, Statues and paintings representing a harmonious synthesis of Indian and local traditions. The Russian traveller Afanasy Nikitin came to India in the 15th century and left valuable records of his experiences.
- The Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Indian struggle for freedom left a deep and lasting impression on the people of the two countries. The correspondence between Mahatma Gandhi and Tolstoy reflected the esteem in which the leaders and intellectuals of the two countries held each other.
- India and Soviet Union established diplomatic relations in 1947. In its industrial modernisation India received invaluable understanding and co-operation from the Soviet Union. The industrial cities of Bhilai, Ranchi, Durgapur, Haridwar, Bokaro, Visakhapatnam, etc. are visible symbols of Indo-Soviet friendship in the form of modern industrial establishments.
- Important instances in the development of our relations have been the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Co-operation in August, 1971 and the Delhi Declaration on the principles for a Nuclear Weapon free and non-violent world signed in November 1986. India and the Soviet Union have stood by each other in their hours of need. The Indian people regard the Soviet people as reliable friends. Indo-Soviet friendship demonstrated to the world how two people with different social systems can establish a firm relationship of understanding and mutual benefit and also work for a larger universal cause – a common cause of peace.
- Further in the direction of mutual understanding and co-operation, the Soviet Union and India embarked on a joint venture in the field of stamp issue. Both countries held a competition among children below the age of 17 years in the second half of 1989 for designing a stamp. Indian children were to design a stamp on a Russian theme and reciprocally, Soviet children were to design a stamp on an Indian theme. The stamps then being issued were the first prize winners of the two competitions.
- Text Courtesy: Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Posts, India.