A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, president of All-India Muslim League (1920-21), president of Indian National Congress (1927-28) :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 25, 1980
Issued for : Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in his honour.
Description of Designs : The stamp design carries the portrait of M. A. Ansari. The first day cover depicts M. A. Ansari with his daughter.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Raw Sienna
Denomination : 35 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.75 cms.
Printing size : 3.70 x 2.40 cms.
Perforation : 14½ x 14
Paper : Star and Government 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 : Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari
Born on Dec 25, 1880 at Yusufpur–Mohammadabad town, Ghazipur district, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died on May 10, 1936 at Delhi, India
- Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari was born at Yusufpur in Ghazipur District of Uttar Pradesh on 25 December 1880. After graduating from Madras Medical College, he sailed for England in 1900 for higher medical studies. There he qualified for M.D. and M.S., topping the list of successful candidates. As a result he was the only Indian to be appointed Registrar at the Lock Hospital, London. Later he shifted to the Charing Cross Hospital, where a ward was named after him in recognition of his services in the field of surgery. He was also chosen to the Secretaryship of the Indian Medical Association and later to its Presidency.
- During his stay in England, Dr. Ansari was drawn into the Indian national scene by meeting and developing close friendship with Indian leaders. He became life-long friend of Motilal Nehru, Hakim Ajmal Khan and Jawaharlal Nehru. This led him to return to India in 1910. He finally set up medical practice in Delhi and was soon drawn into active politics.
- His first move was to lead, in December 1912 a medical mission to Turkey during the Balkan War.
- He helped to set up Jamia Milia Islamia at Delhi and Kashi Vidyapeeth at Varanasi. After the death of Hakim Ajmal Khan, the first Chancellor (1900-1927) of Jamia Milia, Dr. Ansari was elected its Chancellor (1928-1936). He was also a prolific contributor to various journals and published “The Regeneration of Man“, a medical treatise, in 1935. His other preoccupations did not dim his professional ardour and he attended to his patients, rich and poor, with same care and solicitude. He breathed his last on 10 May, 1936.
- (The above text is based on material published elsewhere and/or supplied by the sponsors).