A commemorative postage stamp on the 50 Years of full statehood of Tripura, a state in Northeastern India :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 21, 2022
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp to celebrate 50 years of full Statehood of Tripura.
Stamps/FDC/Brochure : Shri Suresh Kumar
Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 305100
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- Tripura is a state in North-East India. It shares borders with Bangladesh, Mizoram and Assam. Tripura is surrounded by Bangladesh on its north, south and west. The length of its international border is 856 km (84 per cent of its total border). The state is connected with the rest of India by NH-44 that runs through Assam, Meghalaya, North Bengal, Kolkata and other parts of India.
- Tripura has a long royal history. It had a pioneering role in the field of Art and Culture, Science and intellect. Tripura stepped into the modern age mainly during the reign of Maharaja Birchandra Manikya Bahadur. This was also the period when the great poet Rabindranath Tagore came in contact with Tripura.
- The freedom movement of India brimmed over to the state of Tripura and the State contributed to the freedom movement. The last king of princely Tripura, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya realized that the freedom of India was not far away and it would be in the interest of the common people of the state that it should join the mainstream India. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, even before his death on May 17th 1947, decided to join the Indian Union. After his death, a council of Regence was formed under the leadership of queen Kanchanprabha Debi who signed the ‘consent Letter’ for merger on August 13th 1947. On the advice of the Government of India the council of Regency was dissolved and Kanchanprabha Debi was appointed the sole Regent. On September 9th 1949, in Delhi, the queen Kanchanprabha Debi, on behalf of her minor son Kirit Bikram Kishore Manikya, signed the Merger Agreement and on October 15th 1949 Tripura became a part of the Indian Union.
- Thus ended the royal rule in Tripura and the process of democratization began from there. On January 26th 1950, Tripura was accorded the status of a ‘C’ category state without an assembly and put under the rule of a Chief Commissioner. To elect a member of Rajya Sabha, the first election in a democratic set-up in Tripura was held in January, 1952 and a 30-member Electoral College was formed.
- Tripura was accorded the status of a Union Territory on November 1st 1956. With the objective of constituting the 30-member Tripura Territorial council the second general election was held in March, 1957. As per the Territorial council Act, 1956, the Tripura Territorial council, with its 30 elected and two government nominated members, started its administrative works from August 15th 1959. In February, 1962 the third general election was held to form the Tripura Territorial council. As per the union Territory Act, on July 1st 1963 the Tripura Territorial council was transformed into the first Legislative Assembly of Tripura. Accordingly, the first cabinet of Tripura consisting of five members was formed. And the post of Chief Commissioner was upgraded to the post of Lieutenant Governor in February, 1970. On January 21, 1972, Tripura attained the status of a full-fledged state, as per the North-East Reorganization Act of 1971.
- Tripura, nestled in a tip of the Northeast, flourishes on the bounties of nature but the beauty of the State is heightened by its human resources on the one hand and rich cultural tradition on the other. Folk culture of the tribal and non-tribal people of the State forms the backbone of Tripura’s cultural tradition. Hoza Giri, Garia and Dhamali are the major dance forms of the State.
- After the formation of new government in 2018, the government has adopted multi-pronged programme to rejuvenate the cultural heritage of tribes, ensure quality education, modern communication system, better power supply system, drinking water facility etc. as welfare activities.
- Text : Based on information received from the proponent.