A commemorative postage stamp on the 10th Death Anniversary of Shri Harakh Chand Nahata, an Indian industrialist and social worker, President of Akhil Bhartiya Shree Jain Shwetamber Khartargachha Mahasangh :
Issued on Feb 28, 2009
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on Harakh Chand Nahata.
Stamp, FDC & Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Printing Process : Wet–Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Harakh Chand Nahata
Born on Jul 18, 1936 at Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Died on Feb 21, 1999 at New Delhi, India
- Harakh Chand Nahata was born on 18th July, 1936 at Bikaner (Rajasthan) in an illustrious family. His father Shri Bhairudan Nahata was a businessman and soft natured social worker and his mother Durgadevi was a religious woman.
- After completing his schooling at Bikaner and during college years in Calcutta, Nahata started his business career. A visionary entrepreneur, who wanted to tread uncharted path, he was the first person, who started road transportation in the difficult and inhospitable terrain of Tripura, Handling the largest Railway Out Agency in Tripura (Tripura Town Out Agency) and establishing a large network of road transport at his own heavy costs and risks, he was instrumental in starting economic development and two way traffic to bring economic gains for the local tribal people and the state of Tripura.
- He contributed a lot for the development of cinema in Eastern India through his Technicians Studio, Calcutta, with which many internationally acclaimed directors like Satyajit Ray, Hritwik Ghatak and Basu Bhattacharya etc. were associated. Later, he turned film financier and Realtor and was known as an honest and upright person in trade circles. For his multi-faceted contributions to the trade and industry, he was honoured with awards by the Vice President of India and Lt. Governor of Delhi.
- He was a leading social leader and philanthropist, who steadfastly stood and fought for human dignity, equality and respect. Associated with more than 60 socio-religious organisations and Trusts like Heart Care Foundation of India, Prakrit Bharati Academy, Rishabhdev Foundation, Mimjhar, Veerayatan, Rajasthan Bharati, Ahimsa International, Jain Mahasabha, Bharat Jain Mahamandal, Vishwa Jain Parishad and many others in different capacities, he relentlessly endeavoured to attain their cherished goals. From 1990 onwards, he was the President of ‘Akhil Bharatiya Shree Jain Shwetamber Khartargachha Mahasangh’ – the apex national representative body of thousands of Jains of this sect. As President, he relentlessly fought to safeguard against many injustices and attacks on the rights, dignity and conventions of the Samaj.
- Harakh Chand Nahata encouraged many upcoming artists of films and performing arts with his sanguine advice, help and patronage. He was a great connoisseur of art and literature and helped many budding artists, poets and writers. He spotted talents of writers and published many books including a Hindi monthly magazine at his own cost to encourage them. He was a voracious reader with a sharp analytical mind and compassioned heart. He wrote many write-ups on different subjects and was an orator par excellence, who kept the audience spellbound with his thought-provoking dissertations and mastery over the chosen subject.
- Though a Jain by birth, he was an embodiment of ‘Sarv Dharma Sambhav‘. Regardless of caste, creed or religion, he respected each and every faith and contributed to various temples and places of worship without any distinction. He was a firm believer that religion is and should be binding force and not a divisive force.
- He considered integrity and security of the Nation above religion and culture and stressing this, he used to say that only if the nation is secure, only then religion and culture would be secure.
- Compassion, tolerance, equality, dignity and love should be the guiding and contributing spirit in religious affairs and to this end he steadfastly worked at various levels and at different forums.
- Living a full and contented life, he breathed his last on 21st February, 1999 at New Delhi after a brief illness.
- Text : Based on materials provided by the proponent.