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 Joachim and Violet Alva

Joachim and Violet Alva

A commemorative postage stamp on Joachim and Violet Alva, an Indian Christian husband-wife involved in independence and nation-building movement :

Joachim Ignatius Sebastian Alva and Violet Hari AlvaIssued by India

Issued on Nov 20, 2008

Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on “Joachim and Violet Alva“.

Credits :
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Nenu Gupta

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million

Printing Process : wetoffset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : Joachim Ignatius Sebastian Alva

Born on Jan 21, 1907 at Belle, Udupi taluk, Udupi district, Karnataka, British India

Died on Jun 28, 1979

Name : Violet Hari Alva

Born on Apr 24, 1908 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Died on Nov 20, 1969 at New Delhi, India

About : 

  • On August 9, 1943, the first anniversary of Quit India Day, Joachim and Violet Alva founded FORUM, the Indian weekly news magazine, which became known all over India and abroad for its fearless championing of the cause of independence.
  • It inspired nationalistic fervour in an entire generation and helped train scores of journalists, many of whom were to became well known. Violet Alva later founded a women’s monthly ‘Begum‘ renamed ‘Indian Woman‘.
  • In 1944 Joachim Alva was ordered by the authorities to submit heavy security for his article “Halt this March to the Gallows” and he was also prosecuted for treason for his article “setting accounts with the British“.
  • Violet Alva appeared before a full bench of Bombay High Court. The first woman lawyer ever to so appear before the full bench of any High Court in India and successfully defended her husband.
  • In 1940 Joachim Alva was appointed Sheriff of Bombay and in 1915 he entered the Provisional Parliament of India.
  • At the dawn of independence, August 14-15, 1947, Violet Alva was a Member of the Flag Presentation Committee.
  • Joachim Alva was elected to Lok Sabha in the General Elections of 1952, and Violet Alva was elected to the Rajya Sabha both from the Bombay State.
  • Violet Alva and Joachim Alva were the first ever couple to be elected to the Indian Parliament under adult franchise.
  • After the second general elections in 1957 Violet Alva became Deputy Minister of Home Affairs. In April 1960 Violet Alva was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha. On 19th April, 1962 she became the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha as the first ever lady presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha. In 1968 Joachim Alva was nominated to the Rajya Sabha where Violet Alva was Deputy Chairman.
  • Violet Alva breathed her last on 20th November, 1969, four days after she resigned from Deputy Chairmanship of the Rajyasabha. A woman of rare conviction, courage and compassion. Violet Alva played the varying roles of wife, mother, grand mother, teacher, lawyer, journalist, freedom fighter, parliamentarian and diplomat with unparalleled excellence.
  • Joachim Alva retired from Rajya Sabha in 1974. He breathed his last on June, 28, 1979. Patriotism and deep attachment to Indian culture and tradition were his distinguished characteristics.
  • Text : Based on the material given by the proponent.
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