Monday, October 05, 2009

U.N. Releases $1 Gandhi Stamp

India's Hindu reports, "Marking the International Day of Non-Violence, the United Nations released a Mahatma Gandhi stamp on the occasion of his 140th birth anniversary."

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born October 2, 1869. However, he is known around the world as "Mahatma" which in Sanskrit translates as "Great Soul."

According to the paper, "All over New York City, small and big events were organised to mark the birthday of the Father of the Nation."

United States Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice is quoted as saying, “Gandhi had influenced millions of Americans. Gandhi believed that physical force could be turned aside by moral forces.”

Rice spoke about Gandhi’s influence on U.S. history and quoted Martin Luther King Jr. as saying, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. That is true of people, but it is also true of nations.”

In a separate article that appeared on the Press Trust of India website, India's ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said, "In many ways, Mahatma Gandhi previsioned the UN. Much of the work that we do in the area of human rights owes its genesis in the struggle against racial discrimination, which he focused on."

Shown above, United Nations General Assembly president Ali Abdussalam Treki unveils the Mahatma Gandhi stamp at the United Nations in New York. The $1 stamp was designed by Miami-based artist Ferdie Pacheco.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM