Stamp Issue Date : 16/08/1988
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.60
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1325
Stamp Information : FREEDOM FORTY- SWARAJ 15 August, 1988 brings to a close the commemoration of 40 years of India's Independence. TO mark theis ocasion the Department of Posts id issuing a stamp commemorating the contribution og Bal Gangadhar TIlak, towards the cause of freedom and his famous call "Swaraj is my birthright" which inspired generations of Indians. At around the beginning of this century there was a certain disenchanment with the approach of the older and more moderate group of nationalists. The Patition of Bengal in 1905 catalysed the wave that carried our National Movement to its phase with its emphasis on Swaraj, Swadeshi and Boycott. Tilak's thundering proclamation onSwaraj and the cries of "Vande Mataram" rekindled national pride. For the first time the common man boldly stepped out in the current of our National Movement. The youth of India rsponded enthusiastically to the call of independence from foreign rule. The charged mood of the timess was later summed up by Jawaharlal Nahru, who wrote in his Autobiography- ..." For the first time since the Revolt of 1857 India was showing fight and not submitting tamely to foreign rule- Almost without an exception we were Tilakites....". On the economic front the emphasis on Swadeshi proved to be a boon; cottage industry prospered and large-scale enterprises were also set up. Tilak spread the message of self-confidence and self-reliance. He helped to widen the social base of our National Movement. Upon the death of this great son of India, in 1920, Mahatma Gandhi wrote ".... The roar of the lion is hushed. For us he will go down to the generations yet unborn as a member of modern India....". His bravery, his simplicity, his wonderful industry and his love of his country inspire us even today. Text, Courtesy: Implementation Committee for Commemoration of 4oth Anniversary of India's Independence & Pandit Jawarlal Nehru Centenary.
Philatelic Stamp Description : This composite setenant stamp features a painting by M.F. Husain; the beginning of Tilak's historic proclamation is written inMarathi at the top of the visual. The design for the stamp was prepared by Contract Advertising (India) Ltd. The first day cover shows a line drawing of Bipin Chandra Pal, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and lala Lajpat Rai, prominent leaders of the National Movement. This is designed by Shri K.S. Radhakrishnan. The cancellation is a depiction of the first postage stamp of fre India issued on 21-11-47 to commemorate India's Fredom. It is designed by Smt. Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 7.82 X 5.80 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 7.82 x 5.7 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 16
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive Gravure coated stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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