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The Czech Republic Supports "Bapu’s" Ideology

Date: 12 June 2020, Venue: New Delhi, India

"In complete non-violence, there is a complete absence of hatred Mahatma Gandhi" this statement of non-violence means a lot to Indian people but it also means a lot for the Czech Republic people. In June 2019 they unveiled the commemoration postage stamp marking the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi "Bapu".

The ceremony was held at the Embassy of India in Prague in the presence of Executive Director of Director General, Mr. Ondřej Veselský and Her Excellency, Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic, and attended by the stamp designer, Mr. Jan Kavan.


The stamp portrays Mahatma Gandhi with his hands folded in the conventional Hindu gesture of greeting and deep respect. The motif of the first-day cover (FDC) is based on the non-violence symbol of circles referring to perfection and harmony. In the context of the non-violence symbol, the folded hands as a ‘’Namaste” which represent cooperation The stamp and FDC are accompanied by a commemorative handstamp depicting Gandhi’s spectacles and the date of issuing the stamp. All three items were designed by Jan Kavan and the FDC was engraved by Bohumil Šneider.  


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) was called “Mahatma” (“Great Soul”) because of his extraordinary achievements as leader of the Indian movement for independence. Gandhi was not primarily a theorist but a reformer and activist. We can’t deny that his path towards non-violence is also one of the reasons for India’s Independence.


This stamp proves that India is not the only country who’s believing in Mahatma’s ideology. The Czech Republic is also one who supports his ideology and legacy and this stamp witness a sweet gesture from the people of the Czech Republic.


Embassy of the Czech Republic would like to appeal to every people if you want to reform something non-violence is the best way to do deal with it.