A third release function in as many days saw the release of a coin commemorating the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa.
The coin and the details of the set are;
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasing the special postage stamp and coin to commemorate 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's homecoming, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 08, 2015.
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (English:Non-resident Indian Day), is celebrated in India on 9 January each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on 9 January 1915. Established in 2003, it is sponsored by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the government of India and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region of India. A celebratory event is held on 7–9 January each year in an Indian city: a forum for issues concerning the Indian Diaspora is organized and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are given.
Hundred years of Mahatma Gandhi’s return to Indian fromSouth Africa is the theme of the 13th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) held from January 7-9, 2015 in Gujarat state capital Gandhinagar. It will be for the first time that PBD is held in Gujarat.
Gandhi had returned to India from South Africa on January 9, 1915. The year 2015 marks the centenary of Gandhi’s return to India hence the theme of the PBD was based on the same.