K. M. Munshi

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Kanaiyalal M. Munshi :

1175-kanahiyalal-m-munshi-india-stamp-1988Issued by India

Issued on Dec 30, 1988

Description of Designs : The stamp depicts K. M. Munshi and a tree, symbolising his interest in the Van Mahotsav. The first day cover shows him against a background of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. The stamp is designed by India Security Press, Nasik Road, the first day cover by Sankha Samanta and the cancellation by Alka Sharma.

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Single Colour

Denomination : 60 Paise

Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.

Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Paper : Imported un W/M H.S. 2 coated gummed stamp paper

Number Printed : 10,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed : India Security Press

Name : Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi

Born on Dec 30, 1887 at Broach, Gujarat, India

Died on Feb 8, 1971 at Bombay, India

About : 

  • In 1946 he was appointed to the Experts’ Committee for drafting the Constitution of India and elected to the Constituent Assembly. In 1947, he was appointed Agent-General to the Government of India in Hyderabad. In 1950, he became the Union Minister for Food & Agriculture, and was the Governor of U.P. from 1952-57.
  • He resigned from the Congress in 1959 and was elected Vice-President of the Swatantra Party.
  • In 1938, Shri Munshi founded the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Bombay, and, as its President, guided its activities till his death. He transformed the Bhavan into a major institution serving the cultural, educational, literary, scientific and spiritual life of the nation through its innumerable activities. It has now over 85 constituent institutions and 50 Kendras.
  • His love of literature was such that even when he was young, he promoted a monthly magazine – BHARGAVA. He wrote over 125 books, including social, mythological and historical novels, in English, Hindi & Gujarati. He is considered one of the path-breakers of Gujarati literature. His books include Mari Kamala, Vami Vasulat, KonoVank, PatanniPrabhuta, GujaratnoNath, Prithvi Vallabh, Rajadhi Raj, Kakani Shashi, Gujarat & Its Literature, I follow the Mahatma, Akhand Hindustan, The Glory that was Gurjaradesa, Imperial Gurjrars, Bhagvadgita & Modern Life, Gandhi, the Master, The End of an Era, Krishnavatara.
  • Dr. Munshi is rightly ranked among the great architects and builders of modern India. He died on February 8, 1971.
  • Text CourtesyBharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

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