A commemorative postage stamp on the completion of 150 years of the Indian English-language daily newspaper, The Tribune :
Issued on Nov 24, 2006
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolor
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- The Tribune is one of the oldest newspapers of India. It has played a major role in the awakening of the people. The newspaper owes its origin to Sardar Dyal Singh of Majithia village of Amritsar. It was during his sojourn in England and travels in Europe that he realized the importance of the press in the life of a nation. Although as early as in 1872 a weekly “Civil and Military Gazette“, had started in Shimla, there was no organ to give voice to the people of India. The Vernacular Press Act, 1878, which sought to muzzle the Indian Press was in force at that time. This prompted Dyal Singh to start “The Tribune” as a weekly from Lahore on February 2, 1881, the year Vernacular Press Act was repealed.
- The first issue of The Tribune carried a long editorial expressing the foundational principles of the paper and laying down guidelines for the future. It said: “Our appearance in the field of journalism is to meet a crying want of this part of India, namely, an English journal for the presentation of ‘native’ opinion”.
- The aim of this newspaper was to advocate the cause of the mute masses and to represent the public opinion of India.