Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra presenting an album of Canadian stamps to B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary of Department of Posts, India
Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra presenting an album of Canadian stamps to B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary of Department of Posts, India

Toronto: In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Canada Post and India Post have decided to produce a first-ever joint stamp to mark Diwali. This stamp will be released in September.

This decision was officially announced by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra, who is of Indian origin, and his Indian counterpart B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary of India’s Department of Posts, after their meetings in Ottawa and Toronto.

“This stamp - to mark the festival of Diwali - is Canada Post’s first joint issue with India. Not only will it represent our country’s proud diversity, it will celebrate the close bond between both countries,” said Chopra.

“Issuing a joint stamp celebrating Diwali is a meaningful way to recognize the importance of this relationship to both countries,” said Sudhakar. “I am proud to have conducted the first ever visit to Canada Post,” he stated.

Chopra alluded to his last year’s visit to India, when he met “many of the big eCommerce platforms including Snapdeal, Flipkart, Craftsvilla and others, and shared with them Canada as a cross-border e-commerce market for Indian products, including handicrafts that Canadian consumers crave for.”

It was during his visit to India, Chopra told The Indian Diaspora, that he discussed with his Indian counterparts about Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary “and we would love to do a joint (stamp) issue.”

“The joint stamp issue will feature two stamps marking Diwali, the festival of lights, with one stamp design from each country,” reveals Canada Post. “The stamps will be released in each country on the same day in the fall of 2017.”

Indian Consul-General in Toronto Dinesh Bhatia said: “Both these initiatives are major milestones in Canada-India relations and I applaud Mr. Chopra and Mr. Sudhakar for their initiative and leadership in building new bridges for trade and goodwill between our two countries.”

(Ajit Jain can be contacted at ajit.jain0410@gmail.com)

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