Mazharul Haque

A commemorative postage stamp on Mulana Mazharul Haque :

844-mazharul-haque-india-stamp-1981Issued by India

Issued on Jan 2, 1981

Issued for : Indian P & T Department is privileged to issue a commemorative postage stamp in his honour.

Description of Designs : The stamp design carries the portrait of Mazharul Haque. The first day cover shows ‘Ashiana’ the ancestral house of Mazharul Haque.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Blue Gray

Denomination : 35 Paise

Overall size : 4.06 x 2.75 cms.

Printing size : 3.70 x 2.40 cms.

Perforation : 14½ x 14

Paper : Star and Government of India watermarked paper

Number printed : 20,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing process : Photogravure

Designed and printed at : India Security Press

Name : Maulana Mazharul Haque

Born on Dec, 1866 at Bahpura, Bihar, British India

Died on 1930

About : 

  • Mazharul Haque was born at Bahpura in Bihar on 22 December 1866. After his early education at Patna and Lucknow, he proceeded to England for higher education. In England he came in contact with Mahatma Gandhi, Ali Imam and Sachchidanand Sinha. He formed the AnjumanIIslamia, a society for Indian students in England. He was called to the Bar in 1891, returned home and was appointed a Munsif in Awadh. After a few years, he resigned and started practice at Chapra. He did notable relief work during the famine in Saran District in 1897.
  • In 1921, he started The Motherland, an English weekly (later bi-weekly) which soon became a mouthpiece of the Non-Cooperation Movement. Besides being a journalist, he was also a poet and a writer. He helped in the foundation of the Bihar National College in 1925 and was elected Vice-Chancellor of Bihar Vidyapeeth which was set up to co-ordinate the activities of the new national institutions in the Province. At about the same time, he founded the Sadaqat Ashram which functioned as the headquarters of the Congress in Bihar.
  • Mazharul Haque was an ardent champion of communal harmony and regarded it as his “life’s work” and the “questionofquestions” on whose successful solution depended the Swarajya. During the last few years of his life, he retired from politics. He died in his home, ‘Ashiana’ on 2 January 1930.
  • (The above text is based on material published elsewhere and/or supplied by the sponsors).

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