A commemorative postage stamp on Swami Keshwanand, a freedom fighter & social reformer from Rajasthan [a part of the series ‘India’s Struggle for Freedom‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 15, 1999
Issued for : The Department of Posts is privileged to issue this set of commemorative stamps as its homage to some of the leaders of the struggle for Freedom.
Design : The stamp designs symbolically depict the contributions of Sardar Ajit Singh, Swami Ramanand Teerth, Swami Keshawanand and Vishwambhar Dayalu Tripathi towards India‘s struggle for freedom. The first day cover shows a memorable scene from the freedom struggle, the ‘Dandi March‘.
Stamp : Maj. S. Ramachand, (Retd.) V&M Communications
FDC : Sankha Samantha
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Two Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
Name : Birama
Born on 1883 at Magloona, Sikar district, Rajasthan, India
Died on Sep 13, 1972 at Delhi, India
- India‘s struggle for freedom was a movement of national resurgence which brought the people together, in a mass movement spread almost across a century, united by the concept of Indian Nationhood. The struggle produced outstanding leaders from every part of the country, in every period of its long history. The Department of Posts has over the years, depicted the history of the Struggle for Freedom through postage stamps, paying tribute to the sacrifices of the martyrs of the struggle and the various places of the Movement. This set of 4 stamps continues the series, honouring the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, Swami Ramanand Teerth, Swami Keshawanand and Vishwambhar Dayalu Tripathi.
- Swami Keshawanand (1883-1972) was born in a humble farming community in the Sikar district of Rajasthan but later migrated to Punjab on account of famine and hardships. He took to the life of asceticism at an early age. Mahatma Gandhi‘s call for “Non-Cooperation” struck a deep chord and he joined the fight for freedom actively, suffering imprisonment on several occasions. Realizing the value of education, Swamiji started a well spread out literacy campaign in the far-flung villages of Bikaner, the base of his activities being the Gramotthan Vidyapeeth, Sangaria. Equally commendable were his efforts for social reform especially of the weaker sections of society.
- Text : Material furnished by Swami Keshawanand Smriti Charitable Trust.