Postal Stamp Image : GOVIND BALLABH PANT 0522 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 10/09/1965
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.15
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0522
Stamp Information : PT. GOVIND VALLABH PANT (1887-1961) Pandit Govind Vallabh Pant inherited many trains from the Himalaya whose child he was. His tiwerring personality, his incisive mind, his indomitable will and the dignity of his bearing, all these had something of the Himalayas about them. Nut behind the formidable exterior was an intensely human individual, kind and warm, generous and forgiving, patient and loyal. These remarkable qualities, coupled with an intense patriotism and love for the common man, offer a key to the transformation of a simple village child into one of the foremost leaders of modern India. He was born on September 10, 1887 in Khunt, a tiny village in District Almora, U.P. and brought up in a atmosphere far removed from the currents of national resurgence. He had a brilliant academic career, which he rounded off with a LL.B. degree from the Allahabad University in 1909. He joined the Bar at Naini Tal the same year and soon built up a flourishing practice. He, however, abandoned it in answer to mahatma Gandhi's inspiring call for non-violent, non-cooperation and plunged into active politics in the early twenties. He became a Member of the U.P. Legislative Council in 1923 and was elected President of U.P. Congress Committee in 1927. A year later he was active in organising demonstrations against the Simon Commission and received serious injuries in a police lathi charge. During the early thirties he was twice imprisoned for participating in the Civil Dis-obedience Movement. He became a member of the Congress working Committee in 1931 and continued to be its member of the Central Legislative assembly and also became Deputy Leader of the Congress Party. When the Congress accepted office in the provinces in 1937, he was elected leader of the Congress Party in U.P. Assembly and formed the first Congress Ministry. Even during the short tenure of the Ministry he put through much needed reforms, which greatly benefited the common man. The individual satyagrah movement found him in prison once again in 1940. Hardly had he come out of prison when he was again detained in connection with the Quit India Movement in August, 1942. After his release in 1945, Pandit Pant played a leading role in conducting negotiations with the British on behalf of the Congress on the question of India's independence. Pantji was re-elected to the U.P. Assembly +in 1946 and was again called upon to head the Government of the State. He served as the Chief Minister of U.P. for an unbroken period of eight years. It was under his inspiring stewardship that administrative, educational and agrarian reforms, including the abolition of the Zamindari System, were launched. In December, 1954 he was called upon to join the Union Cabinet as Home Minister. As Union Home Minister, he showed great skill in handling the intricate and difficult task of States recognisation and in securing a broad consensus in favour of the official language policy. He took special interest in Kashmir affairs. As Chairman of the Zonal Councils, he created a forum for hammering out differences between neighbouring States and for coordinating development schemes on a zonal basis. He was an outstanding parliamentary figure of his day. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1959. Pt, Pant lives forever in the hearts of Indian people whom he served with all his energy and dedication right till his last breathe. He died on the 7th March, 1961. The P & T Department feels privileged to bring out a special commemorative stamp on the occasion of the seventy-eighth birth anniversary of this great son of India.
Philatelic Stamp Description : Designed and Produced by the Directorate of advertising & Visual Publicity, Ministry of I. & B., Govt. of India, New Delhi for the Indian Posts & Telegraphs Departments and printed at Delhi Printers, 21 Darayaganj, Delhi-6.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91x2.90
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.63x2.62 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure.
Number of stamps printed : 2 million
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Dark Brown-Olive Green
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