INA : Indian National Army
A commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee of the India National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 31, 1993
Issued for : The Department of Posts has the proud privilege of honouring India‘s great heroes who have made the advent of a free India possible. Two postage stamps have earlier been issued to commemorate the 67th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in January 1964. With the present release, the Department salutes the India National Army for its glorious contribution to India’s prestige and honour.
Design : The stamp design by the artist Shri Shankha Samantha is based on photographs of Subhas Chandra Bose reviewing the troops of the Indian National Army.
Design Credits :
Stamp : Shri Shankha Samantha
FDC & cancellation : Smt. Alka Sharma, Artist, Dept. of Posts
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 200 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un W/M adhesive gravure coated gummed stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number of stamps Printed : 1 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
- INA occupies an important place in the history of India‘s freedom struggle. Formation of this force and its heroic expertise proved beyond doubt that the British could no longer rely upon the Indian sepoys to maintain their hold on India. The universal sympathy expressed all over India for the INA officers when they were tried for treason in the Red Fort Delhi gave a rude shock to Britishers, in as much as it clearly demonstrated that Indians of all shades of opinion put a premium on the disloyalty of Indian troops to their foreign masters and looked upon it as true and welcome sign of nationalism. So the members of the INA did not die or serve in vain and their supreme leader Netaji Subhas Bose has secured a place of exalted honour in the history of India‘s struggle for freedom.