NEW YORK – January 16, 2015: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), the Consul General of India in New York Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Chair of the Diwali Stamp Project and President of Association of Indians in America (NY) Ranju Batra, who organized the largest ever Diwali celebration in North America, and Chair of the National Advisory Council of South Asian Affairs Ravi Batra gathered at the Indian Consulate to encourage the United States Postal Service to support Rep. Maloney’s Congressional Resolution calling on the US Postal Service to issue a stamp commemorating Diwali. Diwali is celebrated by billions across the globe, and honors the triumph of good over evil, light over dark, and knowledge over ignorance. If the stamp were issued, it would be the first time this South Asian holiday received recognition by the postal service. Congresswoman Maloney re-introduced the Congressional Resolution on January 14, 2015 as H.Res. 32.
In addition to the cultural significance of the Diwali stamp, there are economic benefits associated with its issuance. There are over 3 million South Asians residing in the United States and over 1 billion South Asians living in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji and Pakistan, where Diwali is an official holiday. The sale of the Diwali stamp could provide the USPS with a much-needed revenue surge.