Maloney Celebrates long-awaited Diwali Commemorative stamp

Aug 23, 2016
Press Release
Festival of Lights finally receives recognition

NEW YORK—Today, following years of hard work and advocacy, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined by Consul General of India Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, and Chair of the Diwali Stamp Project Ranju Batra on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the USPS announcement of the issuance of a Diwali Commemorative Stamp.

Diwali, the Hindu festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil, light over dark, and knowledge over ignorance, is an important spiritual and cultural festival for many Americans, but up until now it has not had its own commemorative stamp. Diwali is celebrated by hundreds of millions around the globe, including more than 3 million Indian-Americans in the United States.

“Today marks a triumph that truly exemplifies the meaning of Diwali,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “After many years, Diwali has finally received its own commemorative stamp, rightfully joining the ranks of other major religious and cultural holidays such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Eid. I want to thank the USPS for listening to the voices of the millions of Americans who celebrate this Festival of Lights. Many people over many years helped make this happen, from Ranju Batra of the Diwali Stamp Project to MR Rangaswami of Indiaspora, to thousands of grassroots supporters across the country. We wouldn’t be here today without their hard work and I am thrilled that after many years of fighting for this stamp it has finally become a reality.”



For several years, Congresswoman Maloney has headed efforts in Congress to push the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) to consider issuing a commemorative Diwali stamp. In 2013, Congresswoman Maloney first introduced H.Res. 47, expressing the sense of the U.S. House of Representatives that the CSAC should issue a Diwali stamp. The resolution had 46 cosponsors. Maloney reintroduced the resolution in 2015 as H.Res. 32, which had 71 cosponsors. Maloney additionally wrote letters to the CSAC in 2010 and 2012 requesting approval of a Diwali commemorative stamp.