A commemorative postage stamp on the Death Anniversary of Rao Bahadur Sir Chhoturam, co-founder of the National Unionist Party in Punjab (British India) :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 9, 1995
Issued for : The Department of Posts is privileged to bring out a commemorative postage stamp on Sir Chhotu Ram.
Stamp : I.S.P. Nasik
F.D.C. : Dinesh Banduni
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous Un W/M Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets of 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number of stamps Printed : 0.6 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
Name : Ramrichhpal
Born on Nov 24, 1881 at Garhi Sampla village, Rohtak district, Punjab [now in Haryana], India
Died on Jan 9, 1945 at Lahore, Punjab, India [now in Punjab, Pakistan]
- Born on the 24th of November, 1881 in a Jat family of a small village Garhi Sampla in Rohtak District, Ram Rachhpal being the youngest son of his father Ch. Sukhi Ram came to be known as Chhotu, and this name remained with him throughout life.
- An extremely intelligent child he began his schooling in Sampla and passed the five year course of primary education in four years, winning an open scholarship as well. Young Chhotu Ram went on to study at St. Stephen’s High School in Delhi and later took his law degree in the first division from Allahabad University. Although he started legal practice at Agra in July, 1911 and made a very promising beginning in the profession, the attraction of his own province proved to be too strong for him to resist. He returned to the land of his ancestral origin and resumed legal practice in Rohtak District.
- The call of the freedom struggle and the plight of his fellow countrymen, the poor peasants, made a deep impression upon his mind. This was a turning point in his life as he plunged into a long and dedicated struggle for the emancipation of the poor and destitute and against the forces of exploitation and imperialism. His indomitable spirit and extraordinary qualities of leadership soon bore fruit as the people came forward in large numbers to form a powerful organisation to overcome the tyranny and oppression of foreign rule and implement the programmes for upliftment of the down-trodden.
- Sir Chhotu Ram, whose life was a saga of sincere and ceaseless striving to improve the lot of poor peasants in India, came to be popularly known as Deen-Bandhu. A farsighted leader and progressive politician, he had a successful term as Minister during 1924-1926 when many steps were taken to ameliorate the conditions of the poor. His idiom of politics and style of functioning was widely appreciated.
- Sir Chhotu Ram, who was made a Rai Sahib in 1916 and Knighted by the Government in 1937 will live for ever in the pages of Indian history.
- Text Source : Govt. of Haryana.