Gandhian Heritage in Modern India
Complete set of 2 nos. of postage stamp on the Gandhian Heritage in Modern India :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 15, 2019
Issued for : Department of Posts has designed a set of two Commemorative Postage Stamps, First Day Cover and Brochure on Gandhian Heritage in Modern India based on the prize-winning entries of the Stamp Design Competition on the occasion of Independence Day 2019. The Department is proud to pay a tribute to the Mahatma during his 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations through the release of this philatelic material.
Stamps/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta, based on selected entries received from participants
Type : Stamps, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 2500 Paise, 1500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 500000 each
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- Department of Posts has been conducting stamp design competitions on various themes since 2015 on the occasion of Republic Day, Independence Day and Children’s Day at national level. Based on the prize winning entries received from the participants, stamps are designed and released. Selected participants are given cash awards. This time, a nationwide photography competition on the theme “Gandhian Heritage in Modern India” was conducted on the occasion of Independence Day, 2019. Based on the selected entries, Stamps, First Day Cover and Brochure have been designed. The first three winners of the Photography Competition are Sh. Kaushik Majumdar, Sh. Ritesh Raj and Sh. Rodrigues Carmo Jesus Jose. Five consolation prize winners are Sh. Tejendrasinh Mohansinh Solanki, Ms. Shivani Dayaa. A. S., Sh. Amit Vakil, Sh. Pallab Pramanik and Sh. Aniruddha Pal.
- Mahatma Gandhi is known as the Father of the Nation. Origin of this title is traced back to a radio address (on Singapore radio) on 6 July 1944 by Subhash Chandra Bose where Bose addressed Gandhi as “The Father of the Nation”. On 28 April 1947, Sarojini Naidu during a conference also referred to Gandhi as “Father of the Nation”. The Nation is indebted to him for getting liberation from the yoke of the foreign rule. His influence and legacy pervade diverse aspects of the life and culture of modern India.
- Khadi – A national and international fashion fabric
- Post-independence, the Government of India established the Khadi and Village Industries Commission in 1956 and included the development of khadi under the gamut of Five Year Plans. In the recent years, due to several initiatives and support of the current government as well as from film celebrities, sports persons etc. Khadi products have caught the attention of the wider public. Today, Khadi is used by top fashion designers to create Haute Couture garments. Khadi is in fashion, both amongst the classes as well as the masses.
- Film, Theatre and Literature
- Mahatma Gandhi perhaps is the most popular subject of the Indian Media and the creative Art fraternity.
- Ben Kingsley portrayed him in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film “Gandhi”, which won the Academy Award (Oscars) for Best Picture.
- The 1996 film “The Making of the Mahatma” documented Gandhi’s stay in South Africa and his transformation from an inexperienced barrister to a recognised political leader. Gandhi was a central figure in the 2006 superhit Bollywood comedy film “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”.
- Jahnu Barua’s “Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara” (I did not kill Gandhi), places modern Indian contemporary society as a backdrop with its vanishing memory of Gandhi’s values as a metaphor.
- Several biographers have undertaken the task of describing Gandhi’s life. Among them are D. G. Tendulkar with his ‘Mahatma: Life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’ in eight volumes, Chaman Nahal’s Gandhi Quartet, and Pyarelal and Sushila Nayyar with their Mahatma Gandhi in 10 volumes. The 2014 film Welcome Back Gandhi takes a fictionalised look at how Gandhi might react to modern day India.
- There are many temples in India dedicated to Gandhi. One is located at Sambalpur in Odisha, the second at Nidaghatta village near Kadur in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and the third one at Chityalin district of Nalgonda, Telangana. The Gandhi Memorial in Kanyakumari resembles central Indian Hindu temples and the Tamukkam or Summer Palace in Madurai now houses the Mahatma Gandhi Museum. “The Gandhi Mandapam”, a temple in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu in India, was exclusively erected to honour him.
- Innumerable statues of Gandhi adorn the main crossings of the capital city of New Delhi, the most prominent tourist attraction being the “Gyarah murti” or 11 statues of Gandhi ji and others leading the Dandi March, which is a prize-winning entry and features in one of the stamps. Statues of Gandhiji and wall paintings based on his life and times can be seen at other prominent locations in all major cities in the country as well. Another prize-winning entry shows the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and a local village girl at Velha Goa (Old Goa) and is depicted in the other stamp.
- Hundreds of prominent roads and localities all across the country are named after Gandhiji. Even there are many Post offices with PIN Codes based at these locations.
- Gandhi’s birthday, 2nd October, is celebrated as a national holiday in India, “Gandhi Jayanti” and his date of death, 30 January, is commemorated as Martyr’s Day in India.
- Gandhi’s image also appears on Indian paper currency of all denominations issued by Reserve Bank of India, except for the one rupee note. Many regular and commemorative coins have been issued by India Government mint, which are prized collectibles worldwide.
- Text : Based on the information provided by empanelled writer Sh. Pallab Bose.