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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Indian Flag on Foreign Stamps,Part I


Pandit Nehru introduced the Indian National Flag in the Constituent Assembly on 22nd

 July 1947, he said,  “ … this flag that I have the honour to present you is not, I hope and trust, a flag of the dominion over anybody, but a flag of freedom not only for ourselves, but a symbol of freedom for all people who may see it. And wherever it may go – and I hope it will go far- not only where Indians dwell as our ambassadors and ministers but across the far seas where it may be carried by the Indian ships, wherever it may go, it will bring a message of  comradeship, a message that India wants to be friend with every country of the world and India wants to help any people who seek freedom. That hope will be the message of this flag everywhere…”.

 
I have received several requests from my friends to publish a check list of stamps issued from foreign countries featuring the Indian National Flag. Well, due to the fact that many stamp designs are not pictured in standard Stamp catalogues, it is impossible to determine whether or not there is a flag on some stamps and it is more challenging to say for sure whether the flag (particularly when the flag shown is small in size or partly hidden) on a stamp, is really the Indian tricolour. The quest is more complicated as there are also some flags which resemble very closely with the Indian National colours.
The list presented here is more of a reference work than a checklist, as such, it cannot be taken as complete list, also as stamps are being released from all over the World and every day there is a new stamp, the list given here is liable to become 

out of date before it is published. However, I would appreciate any update or corrections to the list.
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Indian National Flag complete with the Chakra

on foreign Stamps
(Listed in alphabetical order by countries and chronological by years within each country grouping)
Sr No     Country                                   Year                         No  of Stamps         Denomination                         Remarks
1.1         Afghanistan                            1988                        1                              40 a                                         Nehru Birth Centenary
2.1         Antigua & Barbuda         1984                        1(MS)                      $ 5                                           Great leaders
2.2         ,,                                              1988                        1                              45 c                                         Salvation Army
3.1         Aruba                                      1995                        1                              30 c                                         50 years of UN
4.1         Bangladesh                             1985                        1                              T 5                                           1st SAARC, Dhaka
4.2         ,,                                              1992                        1                              T 6                                           7th SAARC, Dhaka
4.3         ,,                                              1995                        1                              T 2                                           First decade of SAARC
4.4         ,,                                              2003                        1                              T 10                                         SAF Championship
4.5         ,,                                              2004                        1                              T 2                                           SAARC  Jamboree
4.6         ,,                                              2005                        1                              T 6                                           13th SAARC, Dhaka
5.1         Bhutan                                    1964                        3 + MS                     33 Ch, 1 Nu, 3 Nu                    Flags at half-mast
5.2         ,,                                              1976                        2                              1.25 Nu, 2.5 Nu                       NAM
5.3         ,,                                              1985                        2                              50 Ch, 5Nu                              1st SAARC
5.4         ,,                                              1997                        1(MS)                      25 Nu x 2                                 Mother Teresa
5.5         ,,                                              2008                        1 + MS                     4x25 Nu.                                  PM’s visit
5-6         ,,                                              2010                        2+M.S.                                                                     16th SAARC, Thimpu.
6.1         Bosnia & Herzegovina   1997                        1                              70 m                                        Peace Day
7.1         Bulgaria                                  2004                        1(Postcard)             L.30                                        Dip. Relations, ref. section (E)
8.1         Cook Islands                            1995                        1                              $ 4.75                                      50th Anniv of UN
9.0         Dominica                                1990                        1(MS)                      $ 1x4                                       FIFA World Cup
10.2       ,,                                              1990                        1 + MS                     $ 5                                           Nehru Centenary
10.3       ,,                                              1999                        1                              55c                                          Millennium 2000
11.1       Dominican Republic               1956                        1                              16 c                                         Olympic Hockey Gold
12.1       Ecuador                                   1992                        1                              $ 1000                                     President’s visit
13.1       Ethiopia                                   1972                        1                              80 b                                         Security Council Meeting      
15.1       Greece                                    1977                        1                              30 AP                                       Greeks abroad
15.2       ,,                                              1985                        1                              35 AP                                       6-Nation Delhi Declaration
15.3*     ,,                                              1989                        1                              30 AP                                       Peace initiative (Tricolour up-side down)
16.1       Grenada                                  1970                        1                              5 c                                           Commonwealth Regional Conf.
17.1       Hungary                                  1983                        1                              2 Ft                                          IAF, Budapest-83
18.1       Indonesia                                1992                        1                              R. 500                                      NAM
18.2       ,,                                              1995                        1                              300                                          50th Anniv of UN
19.1       Iran                                          1963                        2                              6 R, 14 R.                                                Prez.  visit to Iran
19.2       ,,                                              1975                        1                              2 R.                                          Int. Literacy Symposium
20.1       Italy                                         1990                        1                              L .600                                      Labour Day
21.1       Ivory Coast                              1978                        2                              60 f, 65 f                                 TCDC
22.1       Jamaica                                   1996                        2                              $ 2.5, $ 10                               150th Annv. Indian Immigrants
23.1       Jersey                                      2006                        1                              73 p                                         Multiculture
24.1       Liberia                                     1980                        1                              27c                                          75th Annv. Rotary  Int.
24.2       ,,                                              2006                        1(MS)                      7x$ 20                                     Tragedy of Space Shuttle Columbia
25.1       Malagasy                               1985                        1                              50f                                           India-USSR, Inter-Cosmos
26.1       Malaysia                                 1997                        1                              RM 1                                       The  Group of 15 Summit
26.2       ,,                                              2000                        1                              30 Sen                                     Thomas-Uber  Cup
27.1       Maldives                                 1985                        1                              Rf. 3                                        1st SAARC, Dhaka
27.2       ,,                                              1989                        1                              20 L                                         Nehru Centenary
27.3       ,,                                              1990                        1                              Rf. 3.5                                     5th SAARC, Male
27.4       ,,                                              1997                        1                              Rf. 5                                        9th SAARC, Male
27.5       ,,                                              2005                        1(MS)                      Rf. 25                                      20 years of SAARC
28.1       Mozambique                          1997                        1                              2000 MT                                  50th Annv. Indian Independence
29.1       Myanmar                                2004                        2                              K .5, K. 30                                                Buddhist Summit
30.1       Nepal                                      1985                        2                              R. 5, R .15                               1st SAARC, Dhaka
30.2       ,,                                              2002                        1                              R. 15                                        SAARC Charter Day
31.1       Nevis                                       2007                        1                              $ 3 + MS                                  Centenary of Scout
32.1       New Zealand                          1995                        1                              $ 1.8                                        50 years of UN
32.2       ,,                                              2003                        1                              40c + MS                                 50th  Annv. Conquest of Mt. Everest
33.1       Norway                                   1994                        1                              Kr. 5.50                                    Olympic
34.1       Pakistan                                  1982                        2                              2 x Re. 1                                  5th World Cup Hockey, Bombay
34.2       ,,                                              1985                        2                              Re. 1, Rs. 2                              1st SAARC ( Re. 1 withdrawn)
34.3       ,,                                              1988                        2                              Rs. 25, Rs. 50                          4th SAARC, Islamabad            
34.4       ,,                                              1989                        1                              Re. 1                                        4th SAF Games, Islamabad
34.5       ,,                                              1990                        1                              Rs. 2                                        SAARC year of Girl child
34.6       ,,                                              1992                        1                              Rs. 5                                        World Cup Cricket
34.7       ,,                                              2004                        1(Envelope)             Rs.4                                         SAARC, ref. section (E)
35.1       Penrhyn                                   1996                        1                              $ 5                                           Olympic Centenary
36.1       Philippines                              1977                        2                              50s, P. 1.5                               AOPU
37.1       St.  Tome                                 1980                        1                              5 c                                           Annv. of  Independence
38.1       St. Vincent & Grenadin    2000                        1                              20 c                                         Millennium issue
38.2       ,,                                              2007                        1                              $ 1.20                                      Victoria Cross (Tricolour up-side down)
39.1       San Marino                             1984                        1(Postcard)             L.400                                       UPU, ref section (E)
40.1       Seychelles                               1989                        2                              R. 2, R.10                                                Nehru Centenary
41.1       Singapore                                1971                        3                              30c, 75c, $1                             Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting
42.1       South Korea                            1951                        2 +MS                      2 x 500 won                            Korean War
42.2       ,,                                              1965                        1                              400 won(MS)                          10th Anniv Korean War
42.3*     ,,                                              1983                        1 + MS                     70 w                                        Pres. Visit (* withdrawn)
43.1       Sri Lanka                                 1985                        1                              R. 5.50                                     1st SAARC, Dhaka
43.2       ,,                                              1991                        2                              R. 1.0, R 8.0                            6th SAARC, Colombo
43.3       ,,                                              1991                        2                              R .4, R 11                                                5th SAF Games                                       
43.4       ,,                                              1995                        1                              R 2                                           Decade of SAARC
43.5       ,,                                              1998                        1                              R 2.5                                        10th SAARC, Colombo
43.6       ,,                                              2007                        2                              R 5, R 50                                 World Cup Cricket
43.7       ,,                                              2008                        1                              R 15                                         15th SAARC, Colombo
44.1       Tajikistan                               1995                        1                              500 s                                       50th Anniv of the UNO
45.1       Tanzania                                 1977                        1                              10 s                                         Commonwealth Conference
45.2       ,,                                              1981                        1                              10 s                                         Commonwealth Postal Assn.
45.3       ,,                                              1983                        1                              5 s                                           Commonwealth Day
45.4       ,,                                              1987,April 10          1                              10 s                                         20 th Anniv. Arush Declaration
45.5       ,,                                              1998                        1                              1500 s                                     Gandhi 50th Death Anniv
46.1       Thailand                                  1977                        1                              1 Baht                                     AOPU
47.1       Togo                                        2000                        1                              200f                                         Millennium (Tenzing on Mt. Everest)
47.1       Tonga                                      2000                        4                              10 p, 35p, 80p, 270p               Commonwealth  membership
48.1       Trinidad & Tobago         1971                        1                              30 c                                         Gandhi Centenary
48.2       ,,                                              1973                        1                              40 c                                         Commonwealth P.A.
48.3       ,,                                              1983                        1                              10 c                                         Commonwealth Day
49.1       Turkmenistan                         2000                        1                              3000 m                                    Neutrality
50.1       Turks & Caicos               2008                        2+MS                       80 c.                                        100 years of Scout Movement
51.1       Uganda                                   2000                        1                              600 sh                                     50th Anniv of Commonwealth
52.1       United Nations                       1985                        1 + MS                     22c                                          Flag Series
52.2       ,,                                              2007                        1 + MS                     39 c                                         Flag and Coin Series
52.3       ,,                                              2009                        1                                                                              Flags in front of UN
53.1       USSR                                       1972                        1                              6 k                                           25th Anniv of Independence
53.2       ,,                                              1973                        1                              4 k                                           Brezhnev’s visit to India
53.3       ,,                                              1977                        1                              6 k                                           30th Anniv of Independence
53.4       ,,                                              1978                        1                              4 k                                           Indo-Soviet Co-operation
53.5       ,,                                              1980                        1                              4 k                                           Brezhnev’s visit to India
53.6       ,,                                              1981                        1                              15 k                                         Indo-Soviet Shipping
53.7       ,,                                              1984                        4                              5 k, 20k, 45k, 50k(MS)            Indo-Soviet Space Exploration
53.8       ,,                                              1987                        1                              5 k                                           Festival of India
53.9       ,,                                              1987                        1(Postcard)             4 k                                           Festival of India, ref. section (E)
54.1       Vanuatu                                  1986                        1                              55 v                                         Int. Year of Peace
55.1       Venezuela                               1997                        1                              Bs. 200 (Se-tenant)                                50th Anv, of Indian Independence
56.1       Vietnam                                  1989                        2                              100d. Each                              India-89 Philatelic Exhibition
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(to be continued)

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