Gandhi 150 US Commemorative Stamp Initiative
Journey towards issuance of Mahatma
Gandhi US Postal Service Commemorative Stamp.
“We need to get 25,000 signed petition letters across USA to accomplish this challenge”
Gandhi 150 Commemorative Stamp Initiative was started on January 30, 1998 marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The efforts by Congressman Sherrod Brown were of no avail. 2019 marks the Sesquicentennial ( 150th) Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi’s US Postal Service Commemorative Stamp Journey was re-initiated in 2017 with the involvement of Congresswoman Robin.C.Kelly and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorhi of Illinois in April 2017. They sent a letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and the request was denied on the basis of
- Gandhi was NOT a US Born person.
- They usually need 3 Years advanced request to facilitate a Time-bound Stamp Release (Here 10/2/2019).
Recently US Congressman Raj Krishnamorrthi took to the initiative again and requested US Post Master General Megan Brennan and the reply was negative per Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s office.
Gandhi’s influence extended beyond the borders of India to the rest of the world. Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence inspired millions, including the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Often against great odds, and popular beliefs, Gandhi spent his life fighting to overcome modern forms of enslavement and caste oppression, religious hatred, gender oppression, and, poverty. Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence involved civil resistance and refusal to comply with unjust laws. Upon his return to India in 1915, Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence became infused with the struggle for swaraj (self-rule).
Gandhi was an uncompromising opponent of violence. Gandhi knew that the only solution to hatred, ignorance and fear was love, truth, and forgiveness. For Gandhi, the two most powerful weapons were truth and non-violence. Gandhi was able to promote religious harmony through his personal and public actions.
The most enduring example of Gandhi’s leadership is his worldwide influence. American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and countless other leaders have been deeply influenced by Gandhi and his philosophy of non-violence. In 1994, in a Gandhian spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela reached out to his adversaries- the same ones who had tortured and imprisoned him to bring an end to apartheid rule.
Gandhi 150 Commemorative Stamp Initiative was started on January 30,1998 marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The efforts by Congressman Sherrod Brown were of no avail. 2019 marks the Sesquicentennial ( 150th) Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. To celebrate this , the Gandhi 150 US Commemorative Stamp Initiative Committee requests the readers of this news item to send letters of support
Directly to :
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501