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 Puran Chandra Gupta

Puran Chandra Gupta

A commemorative postage stamp on Shri Puran Chandra Guptafounder-editor of Hindi daily newspaper ‘Dainik Jagran :

पूरनचन्द्र गुप्ता : दैनिक जागरणIssued by India

Issued on Jan 2, 2012

Issued for : Dainik Jagran is today one of the world’s most widely read newspapers, and a living tribute to Puran Chandra Gupta’s ideals and his grasp of the common man’s aspirations. The Department of Posts pays homage to this visionary journalist with the issue of a commemorative postage stamp.

Credits :
Stamp/FDC/Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million

Printing Process : Photo Gravure

Printer : ISP, Nashik

Name : Puran Chandra Gupta

Born on Jan 2, 1912 at Kalpi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Died on Sep 16, 1986 at India

About : 

  • Puran Chandra Gupta (1912-1986), founder editor of the Dainik Jagran media group, was one of the pioneers of Hindi journalism. He was born at Kalpi in Uttar Pradesh and was educated at Kalpi-Kanpur and Varanasi.
  • His fierce Independence and power of expression came to be noticed during the days of education itself. Before long he realized that journalism was his calling, and in 1940, started publishing a weekly newspaper called Swatantra from Kanpur. His nationalist zeal came up for the adverse notice of the British rulers, and he was forced to shift its publication to Jhansi. Mahatma Gandhi’s Civil Disobedience Movement inspired Puran Chand Gupta to think about a daily newspaper, and he started publishing Jagran from Jhansi in 1942. Its successor, the Dainik Jagran, was launched immediately after Independence, in September 1947, from Kanpur.
  • Puran Chandra Gupta was aware of the progressive role of newspapers in a nascent democracy, and ensured that Dainik Jagran fulfilled this role. He was uncompromising when it came to the principles he stood for, and this put him famously on a collision course with the government during the Emergency. He welcomed imprisonment, rather than sacrificing the democratic values that he stood for. He was elected Chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulation in 1974-75 and of PTI in 1975. He remained an executive member of the Indian Newspaper Society for 15 years and also served as its Deputy President.
  • Text : P.N. Ranjit Kumar (Based on the inputs furnished by the proponent).
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July 7, 2023 3:47 pm

[…] October, 1934 at Kalpi, Distt. Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh, he moved to Kanpur later on where his father Babu Puran Chandra Gupta set up the Hindi newspaper, Dainik Jagran in 1947. Narendra Mohan became the editor of Dainik […]

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