A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Bihar Kesari’ Sri Krishna Singh, 1st Chief Minister of Bihar (1946-61) :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 4, 1988
Description of Designs : The stamp is designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road. The first day cover is designed by Shri Sankha Samantha and cancellation by Smt. Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous unwatermarked P G Matt coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Shree Krishna Singh
Born on Oct 21, 1887 at Khanwa, Nawada, Bihar, India
Died on Jan 31, 1961 at Bihar, India
- “Bihar Kesari” Dr. Sri Krishna Sinha was born on 21st October, 1887 in his maternal grandfather’s house, Khanwa. He got his early education in his village school, and later in Zilla School, Monghyr, where he gradually emerged as a promising student leader. At Monghyr, by the Ganges, he vowed to work relentlessly and without respite to free India from the English. Dr. Sri Krishna completed his education in Patna University. He started practising law in 1915, but gave it up in 1921 to take active part in Mahatma Gandhi‘s non co-operative movement. As the echoes of his voice spread around Bihar, people began calling him “Bihar Kesari“.
- Sri Krishna Babu first went to jail in 1922. He underwent different terms of imprisonment for a total of about eight years. In 1930, Sri Babu played an important role in “Namak Satyagrah“ at Garhpura. During arrest he suffered severe scalding and injuries to his hands and chest.
- Under the Act of 1935, Sri Babu formed his Cabinet in Patna on 20th July, 1937. He disagreed with the Governor on the issue of the release of political prisoners and resigned. The Governor had to give in finally and Sri Krishna Babu resumed his office. But he again resigned in 1939 over the question of involving India in the Second World War without the consent of the Indian people. Impressed by the courage of Dr. Sinha, Mahatma Gandhi in 1940, awarded him the distinction of being called “the first Satyagrahi“ of Bihar.
- As the Chief Minister, Dr. Sri Krishna Sinha served Bihar continuously from 1946 to 1961. He was always interested in self study and his ideas and speeches were noted for their wisdom. He was a staunch opponent of casteism and always rose in defence of the oppressed, the backward and the Harijans.
- He passed away on 31st January, 1961.