December 3rd, 2014

Children’s Day – joint issue of Slovenia and India

According to info received by on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Post of Slovenia and India Post agreed on a joint issue of two stamps to mark Universal Children's Day. One stamp bears the image of a Slovene child, while the other bears the image of an Indian child. The issue was released on the 28th of November and is now available for purchasing.

Countries throughout the world celebrate Children’s Day, but on different days. In Slovenia it is 20 November, while India celebrates it on 14 November, which is also the birth date of Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru was the first prime minister of independent India starting in 1947, and he has garnered the greatest credit for India becoming independent from British rule.

He is known as a great ally of justice and equality among nations. He worked continuously with world peace activist Mahatma Gandhi, and he also made friends with President Tito of Yugoslavia. A fascinating side note is that Nehru’s only daughter was Indira Gandhi, who was prime minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and then from 1980 until her death in 1984, when she was assassinated.

Nehru emphasized the equality of children with a loving disposition towards them, and he saw in them the bright future of India. Children called him Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) or just Chaffinch (Uncle). In Slovenia the name Jawaharlal Nehru is quite familiar to those with a knowledge of modern history, and in 2013 a bust of him was erected in Goriška Brda.

Universal Children's Day is supposed to be not just a day of partying for kids, but a day when we are conscious of their rights and equality regardless of faith or origin.

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