A commemorative postage stamp on Chandraprabha Saikiani, a social reformer and writer from Assam, founder of The All Assam Pradeshik Mahila Samiti [a part of the series ‘Personality Series : Social Reformers‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 12, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to honour the memory of these three great social reformers by issue of commemorative postage stamps.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamps, Mint Condition
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise each
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 with elliptical hole on each 39.1 mm sides
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million each
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Chandraprava Saikiani
Born on Mar 16, 1901 at Daisingari, Kamrup district, Assam, India
Died on Mar 16, 1972 at Daisingari, Kamrup district, Assam, India
- The Department of Posts is bringing out a set of commemorative postage stamps honouring three outstanding leaders of the country who strove to uphold the dignity and rights of the less privileged and to rid society of prevailing malpractices.
- Chandraprabha Saikiani (1901-1972) not only pioneered a movement for the emancipation of women in Assam, but also led crusades against various malpractices prevalent in the society. Hailing from the Kamrup district of Assam, she opened a small school for girls while still in her teens and went on to strive relentlessly to rescue womenfolk from the drudgery of domestic work and to educate them. In 1926 she formed the Assam Pradeshik Mahila Samity which grew under her guidance to establish a presence in every village of Assam and contributed to women’s education and upholding women’s rights. A Gandhian to the core, she played a major role in the Freedom Movement in Assam. She is also remembered for her poetry and novels.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.