Uzbekistan's first postage stamp issued after independence was of the Kokandi Uzbek Poet and Stateswoman Nodira Mohlar-oyim (1792-1842) the wife of Muhammad Umar Khan (1787-1822) who was the 7th ruler of the Khanate of Kokand. Following her husbands death in 1822, Nodira at 30 years of age became the de facto ruler of the Khanate of Kokand for the better part of a decade acting as regent for her son Madali Khan. A decade in which Kokand flourised and became an artistic and cultural haven.
Regarded as one of the most outstanding Uzbek poets, Nodira wrote under the pennames Komila and Maknuna. Her body of work diwans consisting of more than 10,000 lines of poetry that focus on her people and the proper governance of society. She is famously quoted as saying that: 'If a king cares not for the poor man's life, his grand rule and sublimity are all in vain'. (Calum MacLeod & Bradley Mayhew, Uzbekistan: the Golden Road to Samarkand (Hong Kong: Odyssey Publications, 1999).
Today she remains as popular as ever with many young women in Uzbekistan named Nodira in her honour.