India on United Nations 1970
A commemorative postage stamp on the 25th Anniversary of the UN, an intergovernmental organization to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to achieve international co-operation and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations :
Issued on Jun 26, 1970
Issued for : The Indian P.&T. Department feels privileged to issue a special postage stamp to mark this unique occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of this great World Institution.
Description of Design : The design of the Stamp is vertical and depicts the letters “UN” on the globe at the centre and the emblem of the United Nations at the top right hand corner.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Peacock Blue
Denomination : 20 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
- Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations was founded to meet a challenge : that of saving coming generations from the scourge of war : of reaffirming our faith in fundamental human rights for all without regard to race or colour : of ensuring justice and respect for international law and of promoting social progress and better standards of life for all.
- In the twenty-five years of its existence, much has been done to achieve these objectives, but much more remains to be done. As our President has stated very aptly, there is a feeling that the gulf between promise and fulfilment is widening. There is in the world today a vast and unprecedented yearning for peace, freedom, economic and social justice. This is the trend for the future and these demands have to be met quickly if we are not to be swept off our feet. It is a little tragic to contemplate that while man is able to make a giant leap across the void of space to the moon, he finds it difficult to bridge the yawning gap between rich and poor. To win the race to the moon but lose the race for a better life for all in the world would, as observed by our President, be a sad commentary on our civilisation. This is the task which confronts the U.N. and this is the task which we feel confident the U.N. can surmount, given the co-operation and goodwill of all the nations.
- For us in India, the U.N. represents our hopes and aspirations for several centuries. We have been conditioned by our history, cultural traditions and philosophical concepts to stress the importance of peace. This yearning springs from our sorrows and tribulations in the past. As our Prime Minister recalled in her address to the General Assembly of the U.N. last year, there is an ancient Vedic prayer which symbolises the spirit which must actuate the U.N. family –
- “Common be your prayer
Common be your end
Common be your purpose
Common be your deliberation
Common be your desires
Unified be your hearts
Unified be your intentions
Perfect be the union among you.”
- “Common be your prayer
- It was in our country, where the great Ashoka renounced war as an instrument of national policy at the moment of his greatest victory. It was again our land which produced the great Buddha, who preached peace and understanding among all mankind. It was again our country which gave birth to the foremost apostle of peace in modern times, Mahatma Gandhi, whose centenary was celebrated only last year.
- For the P.&T. Departments, all over the world, the U.N. represents a great step forward in the culmination of our ideal for one world. The Universal Postal Union and the International Telecommunications Union were the earliest International Organisations founded on this concept and were in this sense, the fore-runners of the U.N. The U.N. has yet to achieve in the broader context what is the basis for the international exchange of mails, of all the countries of the world forming one single territory, over the entire length and breadth of which is assured full freedom of transit for the mails of all nations.