A commemorative postage stamp on Jathedar
Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, 10th Chief Minister of Punjab (1966-67) (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 : Gurmukh Singh
Born on Jan 15, 1899 at Adhwal, Punjab, British India
Died on Jan 18, 1976 at Delhi, India
- Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir (1899-1976) plunged into the Freedom Struggle at an early age, stirred by anguish over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919. He threw himself into the freedom struggle movement, calling people to action through his sensitive poems in Punjabi. He went on to play a crucial role in the Struggle in Punjab, courting arrest many times. He was drawn to the Akali Movement for social reform, in which his sincerity of purpose and spirit of dedication took him to the highest religious office of Sikhism i.e., Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Amritsar in 1930. After Independence, he was actively involved in building up Punjab as a model of growth and development. In 1966, when the new state of Punjab came into being after re-organisation, Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir took over as its first Chief Minister.
- Text : Based on ‘Dictionary of National Biography’ edited by S.P. Sen as well as material supplied by sponsors.