United Nations Postal Administration launched a special stamp to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi at a special ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. UN General Secretary António Guterres and various other leaders of the world were present at the event. Guterres also mentioned that the United Nations had launched a special stamp on Gandhi, but at the same time, more than 100 countries from across the world have issued or are planning to issue stamps to honor Gandhi.
The event was titled, 'Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World' and was hosted on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). At the event, 'Gandhi Solar Park' and 'Gandhi Peace Garden' were also inaugurated. In his remarks, PM Modi said, "Gandhiji never tried to create influence through his life but it became a source of inspiration across the world. We are living in the era of 'how to impress' but Gandhiji's vision was 'how to inspire". Citing examples of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, the Prime Minister also said that the achievements of Gandhi were such that he had an impact and influence on even those who had never met him. PM Modi said, "Gandhiji inspired the lives of those who never ever met him. Martin Luther King Junior and Nelson Mandela's policies and ideologies were based on Mahatma Gandhi's vision."
UN General Secretary António Guterres was also present at the event. Guterres said, "Gandhi looked at the world from the point of view of the lowliest and the most humble – but is acknowledged as one of the greatest leaders of all time. His values truly transcend borders. Gandhi’s enduring legacy is his continued relevance to our thinking and action on a broad sweep of issues, from protecting the environment to promoting justice, from education to inequality. His teaching remains fresh and thought-provoking, including his emphasis on the importance of facing up to the truth with courage."
Guterres concluded his speech with the following, "Perhaps Gandhi’s most important legacy was in creating a culture of peace, in proving the effectiveness of non-violent non-cooperation, and drawing the world’s attention to the gap between what we do, and what we are capable of doing. Gandhi’s ideas drive the work of the United Nations for equality, empowerment and global citizenship every day."