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 25th Anniversary of Indian Independence
January 26, 1973

25th Anniversary of Indian Independence

Complete Set of 2 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the 25th Anniversary of the Indian Independence from British colonial rule in 1947 :

Ashoka Chakra interlocked by 'Naga' : Democracy is Well Protected

Silver Jubilee of Indian IndependenceIssued by India

Issued on Jan 26, 1973

Issued for : On this occasion, the Posts & Telegraphs Department pays its humble tribute to all those who valiantly struggled for Independence and the nation’s honour and to those who have toiled ceaselessly in various spheres of nation-building activities.

Description of Design : The stamp of denomination 20P. is vertical and shows the “Ashoka Chakra” interlocked by a Naga, symbolising how democracy is well protected in this country. Shri Jyoti Bhatt, Artist, Baroda has designed the stamp.
The stamp of Rs. 1.45 denomination is horizontal and shows three Gnat Planes flying over India Gate, emitting three-coloured smoke corresponding to the colours of our National Flag. The design is by Shri Sushil Kumar Choudhury, Artist, India Security Press, Nasik Road.

Colour :
20 Paise  Ochre, Red, Indigo Black
Rs. 1.45  Violet, Saffron & Green

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 20 Paise & Rs. 1.45

Overall size :
20 Paise 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Rs. 1.45 4.06 X 2.28 cms.

Printing size :
20 Paise 3.56 X 2.54 cms.
Rs. 1.45 3.80 X 2.00 cms.

Perforation :
20 Paise 13 x 13
Rs. 1.45 14 X 14½

Watermark : Coated unwatermarked P.G. Stamp paper

Number Printed :
20 Paise 30,00,000
Rs. 1.45 15,00,000

Number per issue sheet : 50

Printing Process : Photogravure

Designed and Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • On August 15, 1972, India completed 25 years of her Independence and the event is being marked by celebrations ranging over a 12-month period.
  • The Posts & Telegraphs Department is commemorating this historic year in the nation’s life by bringing out a series of three postage stamps, the first of which was issued on August 15, 1972. Two more stamps of this series were being issued then to coincide with Republic Day, 1973.
  • It was twenty-three years ago today – on January 26,1950 that the Constitution of India came into force – a Constitution adopted, enacted and given to themselves by the people of India. Thus was born the Sovereign Democratic Republic of India, based on the noble principles of JusticeLiberty, Equality and Fraternity. To quote the historic words of the Preamble, the Constitution guarantees to all the citizens of India Justice, social, economic and political; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship and Equality of status and of opportunity. It also seeks to promote among them all Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity of the Nation.
  • India‘s Constitution is unique, with a blend of rigidity and flexibility. Among its salient features are the secular structure, with the Parliamentary form of Government, enumeration of Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy, a single citizenship, universal adult franchise and protection for backward classes and minorities. The Constitution also provides for national integration as well as a powerful judiciary.
  • The 25 years of India‘s Independence have been a period of steady as well as peaceful progress in the life of the nation, with impressive strides in agriculture, industry, education, health and other fields. Much has been achieved with the willing participation of India‘s millions under a system of democratic planning. However, much still remains to be done. The tasks awaiting the people of India in the years to come are no less gigantic than those accomplished in the years gone by and the nation faces the future with hope, courage and confidence.
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