A commemorative postage stamp on the death anniversary of Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla, Premier of Central Provinces & Berar (1946-50), first chief minister of reorganized Madhya Pradesh (1956) :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 31, 1992
Design Credits : The Stamp has been designed by I.S.P., Nashik. The First Day Cover has been designed by Mrs. Pratibha Pandey.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.911 x 2.895 cms.
Printing size : 3.561 x 2.545 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported Un W/M adhesive gravure coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 0.6 million stamps
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Ravishankar Shukla
Born on Aug 2, 1877 at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died on Dec 31, 1956 at New Delhi, India
- Pandit Ravishankar Shukla was born in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh on 2nd August, 1877. His ancestors had migrated there from Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. A self respecting Indian, he resigned from the government post of munsif and start practising law in Raipur. Soon he became a top lawyer there.
- Before joining politics, he devoted himself to the upliftment of society. Like an awakened philosopher, he very soon realized that the primary duty of every Indian is to work for the Independence of the country. He, therefore, started working with Gandhiji. Gandhiji entrusted him with the duty to awaken the dormant political awareness of whole Madhya Pradesh. Pandit Ravishankar bid a final adieu to joys of his grandeur and got engrossed in the freedom movement with an all out effort and that was the beginning of a series of imprisonments in his life.
- In 1937, when the Indians acquired partial power, he became the Education Minister for a few months and then the Prime Minister (it was the contemporary form of address) of Madhya Pradesh. He took part in Quit India movement, and relinquished his post by the end of 1939. Again in 1945, he held the reigns of Madhya Pradesh as the Chief Minister and for the last ten years of his life, he held this post without any controversy.
- He proved himself as a very successful administrator. During his period there was an all round development of Madhya Pradesh. The introduction of various schemes, establishment of industries, commissioning of Bhilai Steel Plant and starting of many Universities were amongst the great achievements. The state of Madhya Pradesh remained fully peaceful during his regime. Shuklaji had played the leading role in the merger of states, particularly the merger of Hyderabad into the republic which Vallabh Bhai Patel appreciated whole heartedly.
- In spite of being very religious minded, he was very liberal to other religions also. He laid special emphasis on the upliftment of women. He was a staunch opponent of illiteracy, purdah and dowry system.
- He passed away on 31st December 1956, at the age of eighty.
- Text Courtesy : Pandit Ravishankar Shukla Memorial Committee, New Delhi.