India:Stamp on IIC May Released Today

\"\"According to sources India Post is today releasing a commemorative stamp on India International Centre.The idea of the India International Centre first came up in October-November 1958, when Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, then Vice President of India, and Mr. John D. Rockefeller III discussed setting up a centre for the ‘quickening and deepening of true and thoughtful understanding between peoples of nations’. Mr. Rockefeller suggested an International House on the model of Tokyo’s International House of Japan, in whose founding he had played a great part and offered a generous grant towards this end. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India, was so enthused by the idea that he personally took interest in the selection of the beautiful 4.76 acres site adjacent to Lodi Gardens, on which the present complex stands. Later, as the activities of the Centre expanded, an Annexe was added to the main complex in December 1996. At its inauguration, Pandit Nehru exclaimed, ‘(It) surprises me, now it is here, to realize that we did not have it previously, because the world today is so constituted that there can be no escape from international cooperation…. This international Centre will, of course, not change the nature of the world, but it will help in the process, which is very essential today….’ The talks and symposia at the Centre range from international and civic affairs, ethics and human rights, environment, ecology and wildlife to dimensions in science and medicine, to religion, philosophy, culture and literature. Among the famous writers and scholars who have been hosted here are such famous personalities as Octavio Paz, Christophe Von Furer-Haimendorf, Gunter Grass, Hasan Fathy, Sayed Hossein Nasr, Dominique Lapierre, Noam Chomsky, Kathleen Raine, Helene Cixous, Mahasweta Devi, Nissim Ezekiel, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh, Amartya Sen and Jung Chang.

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