One of the most unusual
map stamps was issued by India in 2000 to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the creation of the state of India. India had been a
British colony and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was instrumental in
shaping the emergence from colonial status to statehood. The stamp
designed by Sri Ranga shows Gandhi as a silhouette in the shape of
outline of India. Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, is represented as
the nation itself. "Mahatma" is a title of honor, "Great Soul."