The First Stamp of Independent India was issued on 21 November 1947. It depicts the Indian Flag with the patriots’ slogan, Jai Hind (Long Live India), on the top of the stamp.It was valued at three and one-half annas.
A memorial to Mahatma Gandhi was issued on 15 August 1948 on the first anniversary of Independence. Exactly one year later a definitive series appeared, depicting India’s broad cultural heritage, mostly Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh, and Jain temples, sculptures, monuments, and fortresses. A subsequent issue commemorated the inauguration of the Republic of India on 26 January 1950.
Definitives included a technology and development theme in 1955, a series all showing the map of India in 1957, denominated in naye paisa (decimal currency), and a series with a broad variety of images in 1965.
Almost 150 countries participate in this celebration. India celebrates Postal Day on October 10. At the time of independence, there were 23,344 post offices.