Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gujarat, India

Gujarat is a state on the western border of India, home to major sites of the Indus Valley Civilization, and birthplace of many Indian independence leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi.
I received this card from Palak for the June 2010 RR. She writes that many villagers in India get water only 3 or 4 times per week, and sometimes travel 10-12km in search of water. The pictures shows a woman carrying a water pot on her head.

Great stamps!! The two on the left are from the 2010 issue featuring astrological signs, here pisces and virgo. The one on the right is of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, an Indian activist, one of the first from the "untouchable" caste to graduate from university in India. According to Wikipedia, he received India's highest civilian award, and is regarded as a bodhisattva by Indian Buddhists.

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