Postal Stamp Image : G. D. BIRLA 1126 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 11/06/1984
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.50
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1126
Postal Stamp Name : G. D. BIRLA
Stamp Information : G. D. BIRLA Ghanshyamdas Birla's role as a pioneer in Indian business and industry is unchallenged. Equally well known is his role in the freedom movement under the leadership of mahatma Gandhi. Son of Raja Baldeo Das Birlas, GD, was born in 1894 at Pilani, a village in Rajasthan on Ram Navami Day. At the age of 13, he was already carving out a career as a trader and broker in gunny and Hessian in Calcutta. Small incidents sometimes lead to big changes in a person's life. As a broker, GD had to call on many British 'Burra Saheb'. The practice was that some benches the waiting room were reserved for the use of whites only. GD's spirit rebelled against the humiliation involve; he decided that would have his own Jute Mill. The British business houses were outraged by this native "Impertinence", but despite many hurdles they placed in his way, young GD faced the challenge with fortitude and finally succeeded in his mission. GD came in contact with Mahatma Gandhi in 1915 and their association soon became very close. In fact, as early as 1924 Gandhiji wrote to GD that he regarded him as one of his mentoras. In the thirties Gandhiji began to stay at Birla House whenever he was in Delhi. Tragically, it was at Birla House that Gandhiji was assassinated. Apart from Gandhiji, GD was initiately associated with important leaders of his time like Gurudev Tagore, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, C. R. Das, Lala Lajpat Rai, Motilal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, Rajendra Prasad and Rajaji. They too, in fact stayed with him whenever they visited Delhi. He was elected to the Indian Legislative Assembly in the late twenties. Characteristically, he resigned in 1930 in protest against an enactment introducing Imperial Preference. GD gave liberty to public causes and established several educational institutions, temples, hospitals and cultural centers. He was dedicated educationist. He founded at Pilani the Birla Education Trust and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, an autonomous body. Pilani is now a major educational centre. GD was a delegate to the Second Round Table Conference in London in 1931 and left his impression on the deliberations. Shortly afterwards, he was offered a knighthood, which he declined. A great believer in the philosophy of Karma Yoga as enunciated by Lord Krishna in Gita, work was a passion with GD. He remained active till the end: death came to him in London on June 11, 1983 at the age of 89. GD's versatility was amazing. It was achievement enough to built from scatche a giant industrial complex. Apart from his interest in public affairs, he was a connoisseur and patron of arts, a lively speaker, a charming conversationalist, an original thinker and a great patriot and nationalist. Whatever he touched in his country's life GD left his indelible mark on it. The Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of this pioneer in Indian business and industry.
Philatelic Stamp Description : Description of Designs The designed by India security Press, Nasik shows the portrait of GD Birla, with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in the background. The First Day Cover sowing GD Birla with Jawaharlal Nehru has also been designed by India Security Press, Nasik. The cancellation has been designed by Nenu Bagga.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 x 2.7
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.71 x 2.3 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked indigenous stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 20,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Redbrown
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