The Philatelic World Celebrates Mahatma Gandhi In Asia Pacific

Various countries in the Asia Pacific regions like Australia, Oceania, the Middle East and others have celebrated Mahatma Gandhi & his philosophy by releasing stamps in his honor.

By Evolve Foundation

Sharjah Stamp (1968), 1968, Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das
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Sharjah Stamp (1968), 1968, Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das
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Mahatma Gandhi is one of history's most inspirational figures. Most countries give tribute by issuing postal stamps of him in the philatelic world. Different countries from the Asia pacific region and middle east Asia have issued various stamps. Sharjah, UAE issued his portrait image stamps to celebrate the birth centenary.     

Stamp of Afghanistan (1999)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Afghanistan issued a stamp with a picture of Mahatma Gandhi along with a spinning wheel and a quote by him saying, "Hate the sin, love the sinner.”  

Indipex - Bhutan (1997)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

To commemorate 50 years of India's Independence in 1997, International Exhibition was named Indepex-97 and was held in New Delhi. Bhutan issued a stamp of Mahatma Gandhi image with Sabarmati Ashram in the background.

First Day Cover - Bhutan Gandhi stamp (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Bhutan issued a first-day cover issued to celebrate the birth centenary of M.K. Gandhi.  

Cyprus Stamp (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

To commemorate the birth centenary and Indian Republic day, Cyprus issued a set of similar portrait Mahatma Gandhi stamps.  

Stamp of Iran (1969)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Iran issued a postal stamp as a tribute to the great leader on his birth centenary.  

Stamp of Fujeria (United Arab Emirates, located on the Gulf of Oman) (1973)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

This block of 4 stamps issued by Fujairah shows the sun-sign of Mahatma Gandhi which is Libra, indicated by the weighing scales shown in a circle. Over the years Fujairah has issued different stamp sets of world leaders with their respective sun-signs.  

Stamp of Kazakstan (1995)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

A postage stamp was released in Kazakhstan to honor Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birthday.  

Stamp of Kyrgyzstan (1998)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

On the 50th anniversary of declaration of human rights, Kyrgyzstan issued a stamp set with images of  Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther, and others. 

Indipex of Micronesia (2011)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

The Federated States of Micronesia issued Indipex 2011 sheetlet of 4 stamps of Mahatma Gandhi.

It has a quote by Gandhi, An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. It depicts him seated, going through documents.

Stamp of Micronesia (2011)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Micronesia issued a stamp sheet of Mahatma Gandhi with Indipex 2011 logo on it. The background image shows him with others in the Dandi March.  

Stamp of Micronesia (2000)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Another stamp set by Micronesia shows M K Gandhi portrait in one and another shows him sitting and fasting for peace.

On September 16, 1932, in his cell at Yerwada Jail in Pune, Gandhi did a hunger strike in protest of the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by cast.

Stamp of Micronesia (2000)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Micronesia issued a set of stamps featuring famous personalities to celebrate the Millennium. The stamp has a photo of Mahatma Gandhi with the words, ‘Gandhi leads nonviolent reform in India’ on it.  

Stamp of Palau (2000)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

As one of the famous visionaries of the Twentieth Century, Palau issued a stamp to honour Mahatma Gandhi with a map of India in the background.  

Syrian Arab Republic stamp, 1969, Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das
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Syrian Arab Republic stamp, 1969, Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das
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Syria issued a set of stamps in different colors to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi.

Stamp of Bangladesh (2011)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Bangladesh issued a stamp set depicting different life scenarios of Mahatma Gandhi for Indipex 2011.

Stamp of Sri Lanka (1988)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

On his 40th Death Anniversary Sri Lanka issued a stamp in memorial.  

Fake stamp of Turkmenistan (1997)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das


The stamp features M K Gandhi with India's only Woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.


This fake stamp souvenir sheet was produced and printed by the company Mayfair International Limited (now proven to be the printer of numerous illegal stamps for many affected countries).  

Fake stamp of Turkmenistan (1999)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Many stamps in the name of Turkmenistan issued fake stamps.

This one is a 5 set unauthorised postal stamp showing different images of M K Gandhi.

Fake stamps of Turkmenistan (1999)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

This is another fake stamp sheetlet issued with Mahatma Gandhi images along with other famous personalities like Albert Einstein and Martin Luther in the same year as earlier.  

Tuvalu Stamp of Mahatma Gandhi (2011)Original Source: The Collection of Mr. Surjit K. Das

Tuvalu is a small Polynesian Island Nation near Australia with 10,000 people in 10 sq miles. It's GDP & Population is somewhere around 225th in the world.

A Mahatma Gandhi Miniature Sheet with the stamp was issued by the nation to give tribute to one of the famous Indian personalities.

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