A commemorative postage stamp on the 150th Birth Anniversary of Pherozshah Mehta, 6th president of Congress (1890), father of Bombay’s Municipal Charter and founder of the English-language newspaper, ‘The Bombay Chronicle’ :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 4, 1996
Type : First Day Cover
Colour : Single colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Name : Pherozeshah Merwanjee Mehta
Born on Aug 4, 1845 at Mumbai, India
Died on Nov 5, 1915 at Mumbai, India
- Sir Pherozeshah Mehta was born in Bombay on 4th August 1845. He went to England to specialise in law and there he was influenced by Dadabhai Naoroji who became his political “guru“. On being called to the Bar in 1868 he returned to India and was soon in the forefront of Bombay‘s legal luminaries.
- His eloquent plea for municipal reform was later embodied in the Act of 1872 and Municipal Act of 1988. He became the father of Bombay’s Municipal Charter, founder of its glorious civic tradition. He was elected President of the Corporation on no fewer than four occasions 1884, 1885, 1905 and 1911.
- In 1885 the Bombay Presidency Association came into being. He was the President of this socio-political organisation right from its inception to the day of his death. One of the founders of the Indian National Congress he was its driving force for four decades and presided over the 6th session in 1890 in Calcutta.
- Pherozeshah Mehta was nominated to the Bombay Legislative Council in 1887 and elected to the Imperial Council by the Bombay Legislature in 1893.
- He founded the Central Bank of India, and the English daily “The Bombay Chronicle“.