A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Kanaiyalal M. Munshi :
Issued 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
- 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‘, ‘Kono–Vank‘, ‘Patan–ni–Prabhuta‘, ‘Gujarat–no–Nath‘, ‘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 Courtesy: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.