A commemorative postage stamp on Chhagan Bapa, a noted philanthropist and social worker, worked for upliftment of poor & women [a part of the series ‘India’s March towards Progress and Development‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 9, 1999
Issued for : The Indian nationalist movement had asserted the right of the Indian people to shape their own destiny. The Constitution which came in force on 26th January 1950, was designed to be an instrument of India’s social and economic transformation. A nascent nation embarked on its march towards progress and socio-economic development. Leaders with foresight and a desire to improve the lot of the common people played crucial roles in different regions in the country’s achievements. The Department of Posts issues a set of four stamps in tribute to four visionaries of modern India, namely Dr. T.M.A. Pai, A.D. Shroff, A.B. Walawalkar and Chhaganlal K. Parekh, who have in their various ways contributed to India’s march towards progress and development.
Stamp : ISP Nashik (based on material furnished by sponsors).
FDC : Sculpture at Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 1.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Chhaganlal Karamshi Parekh
Born on Jun 27, 1894 at Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Died on Dec 14, 1968 at Bombay, India
- Chhaganlal K. Parekh (1894-1968) was a visionary who dedicated his life to the selfless service of mankind and worked for eradication of poverty and illiteracy in rural India. Born at Rajkot, Chhaganlal started his life of public service by organising the women in the neighbourhood and assisting them in overcoming poverty and illiteracy. His pioneering efforts in setting up small scale industries for women benefitted hundreds of families. His dedicated efforts commanded such great respect in the society that he came to be known as “Chhaganbapa”. At the age of 55, he started a wandering career in service of the needy and helpless that led him to take up causes as diverse as that of the oppressed adivasis, flood victims of Assam and earth quake victims of Kutch. He realised the need to build institutions from which the society could benefit and was instrumental in setting up schools, colleges, hospitals, women’s organisations and the like in different part of the country.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.