A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Jan Nayak’ Karpoori Thakur, 11th Chief Minister of Bihar (1970-71 from Socialist Party/Bharatiya Kranti Dal, 1977-79 from Janata Party) [a part of the series ‘Personality Series: Bihar‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 26, 2016
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Personality Series: Bihar.
Stamp / FDC / Brochure / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta & Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 2.0 Lakh
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Karpoori Thakur
Born on Jan 24, 1924 at Pitaunjhia, Bihar and Orissa Province, British India [now in Bihar]
Died on Feb 17, 1988 at Patna, Bihar, India
- Karpoori Thakur (1920 – 1988), was born in Samastipur District of Bihar. He was popularly known as Jan Nayak (“the people’s leader”). As a student activist, he left his graduate college to join the Quit India Movement and spent 26 months in prison while participating in the Indian independence movement. In the early days after Independence, Shri Thakur served as a Teacher in the Middle School of his Village. He was interested and involved in various public causes, particularly those relating to upliftment and social equality of weaker sections of the society. He became a member of the Bihar Vidhan Sabha in 1952. He was arrested for leading P & T employees during the general strike of the Central Government employees in 1960. In 1970, he undertook a fast unto death for 28 days to promote the cause of Telco labourers. Shri Thakur served as a minister and as Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, before becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar in 1970. He served as the Chief Minister of Bihar from December 1970 to June 1971, and then from December 1977 to April 1979. He enforced total prohibition of alcohol in Bihar. During his tenure, many schools and colleges were established in his name in the backward areas of Bihar. Shri Thakur was a strong votary of Hindi language. He served as the President of Samyukta Socialist Party. A socialist leader, Shri Karpoori Thakur was known as a champion of the cause of the poor and underprivileged.
- Text : Based on the material available on internet.