A commemorative postage stamp on the Death Anniversary of Lok Nayak Jayprakash Narayan (JP), Hero of Quit India Movement and led “total revolution” in mid-1970s to over throw then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 8, 1980
Issued for : Indian P & T Department is privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in his honour.
Description of Design : The stamp design consists of a portrait of Jayaprakash Narayan. The first day cover, designed by M. Narayan, has a line drawing of Jayaprakash Narayan.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Plum
Denomination : 35 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 X 2.75 cms.
Printing size : 3.70 X 2.40 cms.
Perforation : 14½ x 14
Watermark : Star and Govt. of India watermarked paper
Number printed : 20,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
Name : Jayaprakash Narayan (JP)
Born on Oct 11, 1902 at Sitabdiara, Chhapra district, Bengal Presidency, British India [Now in Saran, Bihar]
Died on Oct 8, 1979 at Patna, Bihar, India
- He announced withdrawal from active politics and joined Acharya Vinoba Bhave‘s Bhoodan campaign. He threw himself whole-heartedly into it. A Gandhian crusader by then, he championed for diverse causes. He journeyed into the ravines of the Chambal river leading to the surrender of a number of hardened desperadoes. By 1974, he started moving back to active politics. Beginning with open support to the Gujarat agitation, he plunged deeper into active politics by his lead to an agitation in Bihar and by his call for what he called “the total revolution“. Shri Jayaprakash Narayan also gave a call to serving Government employees and to the armed personnel for furthering the movement initiated by him. These events led to his arrest in June 1975. He was, however, released from detention in November 1975. Later, he played a crucial role in the formation of the Janata Party which was voted to power in the General Elections in March 1977.
- He was a gifted theoretician and a forceful writer. His writings include works on Socialism and Democracy. He passed away on 8th October 1979.