A commemorative postage stamp on Laxmi Mall Singhvi, High Commissioner for India in United Kingdom (1991-97), father of Abhishek Manu Singhvi :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 8, 2008
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi.
Stamp & FDC : Bharati Mirchandani
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet–offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Laxmi Mall Singhvi
Born on Nov 9, 1931 at Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Died on Oct 6, 2007 at New Delhi, India
- He was elected as Mahatma Gandhi Professor at Leicester University. Dr. Singhvi was associated with and consulted in the drafting of the constitutions of Bangladesh, Nepal and South Africa.
- He was honoured with the “Padma Bhushan” in January 1998. A quintessential man of ideas and a true Renaissance personality, Dr. Singhvi conceived of the entire diaspora movement, linking India to its children dispersed globally. As Chairman of the Government’s High Powered Committee, Dr. Singhvi conceived, delivered and promoted the nascent movement after his seminal and comprehensive Report on the subject. He was Chairman, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2003 and 2004. On his recommendation, the Government of India announced January 9 as Pravasi Divas and started honouring NRIs and PIOs with the “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award”.
- Dr. Singhvi was Co-Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan International and Chairman of Pravara Mandals for Jamna Lal Bajaj and JnanPeeth Awards. The Bajaj Award is the highest Award for Gandhian work and the JnanPeeth Award is India‘s equivalent of the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Dr. Singhvi was Leader for the Indian Delegation at the UN Human Rights Conference at Vienna in 1993. In February-March 1998, he was the Leader of the Indian Delegation to the biggest ever inter-governmental conference on Culture and Development in Stockholm. Dr. Singhvi‘s pioneering and dedicated work for inter-faith amity has been acknowledged throughout the world. In 1994 he was presented with the Inter Faith Gold Medallion at the Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury on behalf of the International Council of Christians and Jews. Dr. Singhvi was in an acknowledged exponent of the inter-faith movement and was elected as one of the Presidents of the Centennial Parliament of World’s Religions held at Chicago in 1993 at which he delivered the keynote address.
- Dr. Singhvi was also elected in 1992 to the Rede Chair at Cambridge University, an over 500 year old extremely prestigious position at that University. He was also invited to plant a tree at the New Law Library at Cambridge University. Dr. Singhvi served as a Member of the UNESCO‘s Executive Board (2002-2005). He was Founder President of Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) in the early 1960s and President of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (2000-05). He remained President of the Authors Guild of India for over a decade.
- Dr. L.M. Singhvi‘s wealth in friendships is his true legacy. Dynamic in personality, quiet in demeanour, austere in habits, unostentatious in behaviour, just in decision, prompt in action, simple in dress and empathetic in his dealings – these were the hallmarks of his personality. He is a vibrant symbol and everlasting emblem of the age old Indian intellect, culture and civilization.
- Text : Based on material supplied by the proponent.