National Police Memorial (India)
Complete set of 2 nos. of commemorative postage stamps on the National Police Memorial (NPM) Museum, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 22, 2018
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to issue a set of two Commemorative Postage Stamps on the National Police Memorial.
Stamps/Miniature Sheet/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamps, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 1500 Paise, 1000 Paise
Stamps Printed : 534600 each
Miniature Sheet Printed : 1.6 lakh
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- The National Police Memorial (NPM) has been established at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi as homage to the martyrdom of policemen in the performance of their duty. Being the only National Memorial in the country dedicated to police martyrdom, it gives Police Forces a sense of national identity, pride, unity of purpose, common history and destiny, besides reinforcing their commitment to protect the nation even at the cost of their supreme sacrifice.
- Hon’ble Prime Minister dedicated the NPM to the nation on Police Commemoration Day on October 21, 2018.
- The date derives significance from being the anniversary of the martyrdom of ten valiant policemen at Hot Springs (Ladakh) in an ambush by heavily armed Chinese troops, who had violated Indian territory in Aksai Chin, on October 21, 1959.
- The NPM is conceived as an ode to our policemen, who fight on the country’s borders, deal with counter militancy, terrorism as well as crime while maintaining law & order, protecting national assets, combating disasters and other emergencies. Since Independence, 34,844 policemen have been martyred (upto August 2018). Every year, on an average, more than 450 policemen lay down their lives in the line of duty.
- The NPM includes a Central Sculpture, the Wall of Valour and an underground museum. As one enters the site, the flower laden ramparts with two large symmetrically placed bowls, laced with flowers on the periphery that rise above, symbolize the everlasting spirit of police martyrs and their dedication.
- The Central Sculpture, designed by the National Gallery of Modern Arts, is a vertical 30 feet tall granite pillar which is a primordial yet permanent symbol of a sacred space for a police officer who is always in the line of duty. The single block of granite, both polished and unpolished, presents the ebony black granite as testimony of tolerance and karmic symbolism. ‘Jeeva Jyot’ is designed as an epitome of an eternal flame to keep the supreme sacrifice of police martyrs alive in common memory.
- The ’Wall of Valour’ is engraved with the names of police martyrs, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and reminds of their valour and glory. The NPM is a dynamic memorial, capable of additions to cater to the fact that policemen lay down their lives every year, whether on the country’s borders, while fighting terrorism and militancy, while fighting crime and maintaining order, while protecting national assets, or in combating disasters and emergencies.
- The museum set up in the premises of the National Police Memorial depicts the history, artifacts, police related gazette notifications, unique weapons and uniforms of Central and State Police Forces etc. It is a national level permanent exhibition on policing subjects. A section of the museum is dedicated to memory of the police martyrs from various Police Forces of the country.
- Text : Based on information received from the proponent.