A commemorative postage stamp on EMS Namboodiripad, 1st Chief Minister of Kerala (1957-59, 1967-69) (part of Personality Series : Socio-Political Development) :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 27, 2001
Issued for : Today, India takes legitimate pride in being the largest democracy of the world. Our present political system took roots during the National Movement, which was a composite socio-political process based largely on democratic principles. In the evolution of the Indian polity into a vibrant, stable and sustainable democracy, contributions of many individuals stand out. On the occasion of the ceremony being held at the Central Hall of the Parliament to mark the formal conclusion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Republic of India, the Department of Posts is issuing a set of postage stamps to honour three such political leaders, namely E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir and N.G. Ranga.
Stamps, FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma; Based on material supplied by sponsors.
Type : First Day Cover
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 2.9 x 3.9 Cms.
Printing Size : 1.9 x 3.2 Cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million each
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Madras Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Elamkulam Manakkal Sankaran Namboodiripad
Born on Jun 13, 1909 at Perintalmanna, Madras Presidency, British India
Died on Mar 19, 1998 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
- E.M.S. Namboodiripad (1909-1998) started his public life as a Congress worker in Kerala during the Freedom Movement, but was later drawn towards Marxism in his search for solutions to the problems of poverty and inequality. He was among the founders of the Communist Party in Kerala and created history in the 1957 elections by leading it to power in the state. As the Chief Minister of Kerala, he initiated the path-breaking land reform legislation and many other pro-poor measures, bringing solace to millions of people. Namboodiripad was also a brilliant Marxist theoretician, whose vast body of writing on a variety of subjects bear the mark of an original and creative mind. His autobiography in Malayalam won an award from Kerala Sahitya Academy.
- Text : Based on ‘Dictionary of National Biography’ edited by S.P. Sen as well as material supplied by sponsors.