Postal Stamp Image : S. N. BANERJEE 1094 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 28/12/1983
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1094
Postal Stamp Name : S. N. BANERJEE
Stamp Information : SURENDRANATH BANRJEE Born on 10th November, 1848 as the second son of Dr. Durga Charan Banerjee in Taltala, Calcutta, Surendranath graduated in the year 1867 from Dovetan College (Calcutta) and within a couple of years qualified himself with flying colours to be admitted to the covenanted I.C.S. Cadre. He was first appointed as Assistance Magistrate in Sylhet (Now in Bangladesh). On the charges leveled against him for some allegedly wrong orders passed and on the basis of a subsequent enquiry report in this regard, a cardigan punishment of his removal from I.C.S. was awarded on him. This decision of then government of the country no doubt hurled upon him a great blow but this was a blessing in disguise not only for himself but also for the nation of whole. Surendranath soon recovered from the impact of this event and pledged to dedicate himself fully to the cause of national emancification and political freedom of the country. With a missionary zeal, he undertook extensive tours, organised meetings all over the country, exhorted and upheld before the teeming millions of people of the country, the baneful effects of the British Rule in India in his speeches with his usual oratory skill, which in effect moulded the rhetoric of the nation. Bewildered, the foreign Rulers lost no time to put him to imprisonment. Released from prison in course of time, Surendranath built up a movement in quick succession for creation of a "National Fund" and in a meeting held on 17th July, 1883, such a Fund was ushered into existence, with a view to securing and exposing the cause of political freedom of the country and that too, only through constitutional means. Subsequent endeavours made in this regard resulted in a national conference held in Calcutta with the representatives of the people from all corners of the country and heralded the beginning of a new era in the sphere of National struggle. Inspired by his clarion call the multi-religious and caste-ridden people of all over India, soon developed a spirit of oneness and cohesion and this ultimately paved the way towards foundation of the Indian National Congress in the year 1885. Thus Surendranath Banerjee, once a servant of British Crown, was soon acknowledged as a great "Savant" in the struggle for freedom, a leading statesman and a friend, philosopher and guide to the people of India. The agitation he built up against the "Libert Bill" and the partition of Bengal announced by Lord Curzon projected a united and determined protest in the entire country and made him the uncrowned king of Bengal. In protest against the move, sponsored by the British Government, to deprive the rights of Self Government exercised by the Corporation of Calcutta, of which Surendranath was a member for years together, he resigned in the year in 1899 and determined to restore ?Self Government" in the Corporation of Calcutta. He succeeded in his endeavours more than a couple of decades afterwards and the Corporation of Calcutta of the present day is practically his creation. In the literary field, as a great Journalist and Editor of the Journal, "The Bengalee" and as a author of the famous Book "A nation in Making", Surendranath earned "Laurels" of unique distinction and was named as "The Tribune of the people". Surendranath breathed his last on 6th August, 1925. The Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department is happy to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of Surendranath Banerjee.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp, designed by India Security Press, shows the portrait of Surendranath Banerjee working on his desk. The First Day Cover has also been designed by India Security Press, Nasik and the cancellation has been designed by Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.70 X 2.4 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Raw Sienna
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