A commemorative postage stamp on the Death Anniversary of Mahatma Jotiba Phule, an Indian social reformer from Maharashtra [a part of the series ‘Personalities Stamps Series‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 28, 1977
Issued for : The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to bring out stamps in memory of these great sons of India.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 25 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.55 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Watermark : Unwatermarked paper
Number Printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Designed and Printed at : India Security Press
Name : Jyotirao Govindrao Phule
Born on Apr 11, 1827 at Katgun, Khatav taluka, Satara district, Maharashtra, India
Died on Nov 28, 1890 at Pune, Maharashtra, India
- Jotirao Phooley was born in Pune in 1827 in a poor peasant family. His father was Govindrao and mother Chimnabai. Jotirao began his studies at the age of seven in Marathi school and later went to a Scottish Mission School where he completed his studies in 1847.
- The young Jotirao was full of energy, spirit and ambition. He read avidly about the lives of Shivaji and George Washington and was inspired by their heroism and love for the motherland. Another great influence on Jotirao was the book ‘Rights of Man‘ by Thomas Paine. He decided to devote his life to the task of helping the down trodden to break their shackles of bondage.
- In 1848 Phooley started a school the doors of which he threw open to the ‘untouchables’ and a Girls’ School despite much opposition from certain quarters.
- Jotirao carried on a crusade against caste system. In 1873 he founded Satya-Shodhak Samaj for spreading the message of emancipation of exploited masses and the weaker sex. Phooley also laboured for the amelioration of the lot of Indian peasants. He firmly believed in the axiom ‘Truth Alone Triumphs‘.
- Jotirao Phooley died on November 28, 1890.