A commemorative postage stamp on Jagdish Chandra Jain, the chief prosecution witness in Mahatma Gandhi‘s murder trial :
Issued on Jan 28, 1998
Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to issue a special commemorative postage stamp on Dr. Jagdish Chandra Jain.
Stamp, FDC : Prof. J. C. Memorial Trust Committee
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in reels 47 cms.
Stamps Printing : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printers : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Prof. Dr. Jagdish Chandra Jain
Born on Jan 20, 1909 at Basera, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died on Jul 28, 1994 at Mumbai, India
- Born in 1909, in Baseda, a small village in U.P., Dr. J.C. Jain lost his father in childhood, and the family endured a lot of poverty and hardship. He secured his primary education through Pathshala and Gurukul. Thereafter, he continued his study of Sanskrit, Jain literature and Ayurveda at Benares Hindu University.
- In 1929, he left studies and flung himself into the Satyagraha Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi. Later he joined the Vishwabharati University at Shantiniketan as a research scholar. It was here that, in association with Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, he had his mental enrichment and realisation of the greatness of India’s heritage. He began his career as a school teacher at Ajmer, then a princely state of British India. When the headmaster objected to his use of the Gandhi-cap, Dr. Jain preferred to leave the job. Much later, at the Ram Narain Ruia College, Bombay, Dr. Jain worked as Professor of Hindi, Sanskrit and Prakrit for well over 30 years. In 1948, he was the Chief Witness in the Gandhi Murder Trial held at the Red Fort, Delhi.
- In 1970, Dr. Jain worked for 4 years as a Guest Professor on invitation at the Department of Indology in Kiel (Germany). In 1980, he went to Brazil to deliver lectures on Indian Philosophy. His book “Jainism” was translated into Portuguese.
- A world renowned authority on Jain studies and Prakrit languages and literature, Dr. Jain authored more than 80 books besides numerous research articles. He was a recipient of a number of prestigious awards such as Soviet Land Nehru Award, the U.P. Government Award, the Jnan Bharati Award, the Ahimsa International Award etc.