Pandit Kunjilal Dubey
A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Pt. Kunji Lal Dubey, 1st vice chancellor of Rani Durgavati University, chancellor of Nagpur University, first speaker of Madhya Pradesh legislature, president of Inter University Board of India, Burma & Ceylon :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 18, 1996
Issued for : The Department of Post issues a commemorative postage stamp in honour of Pt. Kunji Lal Dubey on his birth anniversary.
Stamp & FDC, write-up material : Pt. Kunji Lal Dubey Centenary Celebration Committee
FDC : Shri Sankha Samantha
Cancellation : Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper
Number of stamps Printed : 0.6 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Kunji Lal Dubey
Born on Mar 18, 1896 at Amagaon, Narsinghpur district, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died on Jun 2, 1970 at Madhya Pradesh, India
- Pandit Kunji Lal Dubey was born in Amagaon (Bada) in district Narsinghpur to a cultured family on 18th March, 1896. After obtaining his primary education at the village school of Kareli, he studied upto middle school at Narsinghpur. In 1914, he completed school at Akola and went on to graduate from Robertson College at Jabalpur in 1918. After obtaining a first class degree in law from Allahabad in 1920, he began practice in Jabalpur in 1920. Influenced by such stalwarts as Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and Narhari Chintamani Kelkar, Pt. Kunji Lal Dubey entered the arena of freedom struggle against the oppression of foreign rulers in India. In 1937 he became a member of the All India Congress Committee. He staged a Satyagraha in 1941 for which he was sent to jail for a term of 6 months. After his release from jail he joined the Quit India Movement in 1942 and was once again arrested. Released after almost two years in 1944 he dedicated himself to the upliftment of education and society.
- In 1950 Pt. Kunji Lal Dubey was elected the Chancellor of Nagpur University and the President of the Inter University Board of India, Burma and Ceylon. As a leading educationist he was committed to the use of the mother tongue as a medium of education. As the Chancellor of Nagpur University he got major texts used in the University translated into Hindi and Marathi. He also encouraged preparation of about 75 texts and many original works. His services won for him the position of President of the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan.
- He also took an active role in the politics of his state. In 1946 and 1952 he was twice elected as a member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He held charge as the Finance Minister in the State Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1967. He will always be remembered for his constructive opposition during his long tenure as the Deputy Leader of the opposition in the Legislative Assembly.
- Pt. Kunji Lal Dubey was also deeply interested in sports. His encouragement of sports and fine arts in the Universities won recognition with his appointment as President of the Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, founder member of the Madhya Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy and President of the All India Ayurved Parishad.
- His multifaceted services were recognized in 1964 by the award of Padma Bhushan. In 1965 Jabalpur University bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Law on him for his services in the field of law and education and Vikram University awarded him D. Litt. in 1967. A towering intellectual in Hindi, English, Marathi and Sanskrit, Pt. Dubey was a simple man and extremely ethical in his personal and public life. He passed away on 2nd July, 1970.