This blog is all about "Flags of the World" on Stamps & other Philatelic items, as well as, on "Indian Flag" and its History from the collection of a veteran philatelist.
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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out of date before it is published.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.
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 NoCountry Year No of StampsDenominationRemarks
1.1Afghanistan 1988 1 40 a Nehru Birth Centenary
2.1Antigua & Barbuda 1984 1(MS) $ 5 Great leaders
2.2 ,, 1988 1 45 c Salvation Army
3.1Aruba 1995 1 30 c 50 years of UN
4.1Bangladesh 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
5.1Bhutan 1964 3 + MS 33 Ch, 1 Nu, 3 Nu Flags at half-mast