Modi agrees to write to Obama on Diwali stamp – PTI

Diwali WishesFor more than a decade now several efforts have been made towards issuing of a postal stamp on Diwali by the US Postal Service. Dozens of US lawmakers have written in this regard to the US Postal Service, which has also received thousands of signed letters from Indian-Americans. Congressional resolutions have also been passed in this regard, but the efforts have not been successful. – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to a request to write to US President Barack Obama on issuing of postage stamp on Diwali by the US Postal Service, an individual behind the years long campaign has said.

The request in this regard was made by an Indian-American couple from New York—Ranju and Ravi Batra who met Modi at the UN General Assembly on 25th Sept  when the Prime Minister went there to address the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Summit.

Narendra Modi with Ravi & Ranju BatraRanju, as chair of Diwali Stamp Project, updated Modi on her multi-years’ Diwali Stamp efforts along with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a media release said.

During the brief encounter, Ranju urged the Prime Minister to write a letter to Obama in support of the Diwali Stamp being issued by US Postal Service.

“The Prime Minister agreed to do so and said, ‘I will write (to) President Obama (for) supporting the Diwali Stamp’ and took the note as a reminder,” a media release said.

The US Postal Service has issued stamps on all major religions of the world excluding Hinduism.

President Obama lights the Diwali lamp at the White House in 2011.Obama is the first US President to personally celebrate Diwali in the White House.

For more than a decade now several efforts have been made towards issuing of a postal stamp on Diwali by the US Postal Service.

Dozens of US lawmakers have written in this regard to the US Postal Service, which has also received thousands of signed letters from Indian-Americans.

Congressional resolutions have also been passed in this regard, but the efforts have not been successful. – India Today, 26 September 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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