Chaudhary Devi Lal
A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Devi Dayal Chautala, 5th Chief Minister of Haryana (1977-79, 1987-89) :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 25, 2001
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honour of Chaudhary Devi Lal.
Stamp & FDC : Layout by Alka Sharma (Based on inputs from Dy. DPRO, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh)
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Three Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 Cms.
Printing Size : 2.54 x 3.55 Cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Eagle Press Pvt. Ltd.
Name : Devi Dayal Sihag
Born on Sep 25, 1909 at Sirsa, Punjab, British India
Died on Apr 6, 2001 at New Delhi, India
- Chaudhary Devi Lal (1914-2001), former Deputy Prime Minister of India, was a leader who will be remembered for his life-long championship of the cause of the farmers of the country.
- Like many others of his generation, the Freedom Struggle inspired Devi Lal at a young age. He was only fifteen when he left studies at the call of Mahatma Gandhi and became an active member of the Indian National Congress. He participated in the Civil Disobedience and Quit India Movements and was imprisoned several times. He also took part in Kisan movements. After the attainment of freedom, he played an important role in the political arena of Punjab, where he was elected to the Legislative assembly many times. After the formation of Haryana, the fledgling State became his field of activity. He was elected Chief Minister of the State twice and his tenures saw the all-round development of Haryana, particularly the farm sector.
- The late eighties saw Devi Lal emerging as a major force in the national political scene. He was Deputy Prime Minister of the country twice. Affectionately called ‘Tau‘ (elder uncle) by the common people and titled ‘King Maker‘ by the media, the real strength of Devi Lal was the support of the masses from the rural areas of North India. Even after crossing the age of seventy, he had the energy to traverse the countryside and listen to the problems of the villagers, thus striking a chord with them.
- Resilience, struggle and action had marked Devi Lal‘s political career. He fought relentlessly to safeguard the interests of farmers, the downtrodden and weaker sections of the society and those who had no means for survival. He strove to enable them to earn respect in the society.
- Text : P.N. Ranjit Kumar (Based on inputs from Dy. DPRO, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh)