2009, international day of non-violence

2 october 2009
un postal administration

This US$ 1.00 definitive stamp with a colourful portrait of Mahatma Gandhi was issued by the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) on 2 October, the third International Day of Non-Violence and the 140th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.

The artist of Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait, Dr Ferdie Pacheco was a self-taught painter who is also remembered as the personal physician of the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

The UNPA has issued stamps on the International Day of Non-Violence on two other occasions. On 2 October 2018, it issued three stamps featuring images of “The Knotted Gun – Non Violence”, the well-known sculpture for peace and non-violence. On 2 October 2019, in commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday, UNPA issued a stamp with the image of Mahatma Gandhi


In this special interview, Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, and former Permanent Representative to the UN 2009 - 2013, reminisces on the stamp and reflects on the meaning of Gandhi for the United Nations and the modern world.

Gandhi had envisioned the fundamental pillars of multilateralism, and the balance of sovereignty
with the need for international rulesetting as early as 1942, when he issued instructions to the
Indian delegation to the congress that would create the UN Charter:

“The future peace, security and ordered progress of the world demand a world federation of free
nations. An independent India would gladly join such a world federation . . . Thus the demand for
Indian independence is in no way selfish. Its nationalism spells internationalism.”

A special event, ‘The Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ was held at UN HQ in October 2019. From left: Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore; Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Secretary-General António Guterres; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea; Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand; and Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica.,
Photo: UNPA