A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Yashpal :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 3, 2003
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Yashpal
Born on Dec 3, 1903 at Kangra Hills, Punjab, British India
Died on Dec 26, 1976
- A youth in revolt, a fervent apostle of liberty, a magnificent expounder of criticism and of truth who shocked his contemporaries but dazzled posterity by his writings. That was Yashpal. The man and his works will ever be the cause of argument and explanation but rising above them all is the depth of his thought and comprehension matched by the sheer power, force and beauty of his words that he has left as his memorial.
- Born on the 3rd of December, 1903 in Punjab in a middle class family, he studied at Gurukul–Kangri, Hardwar and at National College, Lahore. In his formative years, the nation was agog with patriotic activity that kindled in him the fire to liberate the country from the foreign yoke. Initially drawn to the Non–Cooperation Movement, he later felt that such movements were unresponsive to the needs of the poor and ineffective with the British and was attracted to the more fiery Revolutionary Movement. He joined the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army that sought to overthrow the British rule by armed struggle through a people’s revolution. Among his comrades were martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdeva, Chandra Sekhar Azad & Bhagwati Charan Vohra. On 24 December, 1929 Yashpal & Bhagwati Charan bombed the Viceroy Lord Irwin‘s train at Delhi that created quite a stir. Yashpal was captured in an armed encounter at Allahabad and sentenced to fourteen years rigorous imprisonment. However, he was released in 1938 under General Amnesty for political prisoners by the Congress Government. This marked the beginning of his career as a writer.
- Yashpal’s short stories, essays, novels and reminiscences reflect his intense patriotic fervour. As a revolutionary, he was deeply inspired by Marxian ideology and he believed that the social crisis of India could be solved by establishing a just political and economic order, promising equality of opportunity to all.