Postal Stamp Image : HARE KRISHNA MAHTAB 1345 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 02/01/1989
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.60
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1345
Stamp Information : Dr. Harekrishna Mahtab Dr. Harekrishna Mahtab, born on 21st November, 1899 at Agrapara, Balasore district, Orissa, to Krishna Charan Das and Topha Bibi, was adopted by his maternal grandparents Jagannath Mahtab, Raja of Agarpara, and Rani Dhani Bibi. Educated at Bhadrak High Scholl and Ravenshaw College, he was inspired by Gandhiji to join the freedom movement in 1921. He married Subhadra Devi in 1916. In 1922 he was imprisoned for two years for participating in the non-cooperation movement. In 1923 he became editor of the Weekly "Prajatantra" published from Cutack, which went on to become a daily newpaper. In 1930 he become the President of Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee and the same year he was imprisoned for participating in the Satyagraha movement. During imprisonment he translated the "Balmiki Ramayan" into Oriya and produced the Oriya Prose version of "The Bhgwad Gita". In 1932 he suffered further imprisonment for participating in the Salt Satyagraha. From 1933-37 he worked for the upliftment of Harijans in te "gandhi Karm Mandir Ashram" at Agarpara and also at Jhadapipal village, north Balasore. In 1938 a committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mahtab to enquire into oppression in the then princly States of Dhenkanal, Talcher and Rampur etc. Dr. Mahtab was a Member of the Working Committee of the National Congress and later in 1942 he was imprisoned for speaking publicly against the British raj. On his release he spent some time at Bardoloi with Mahatma Gandhi, later publishing 'Rachna', a periodical espousing Gandhiji's thoughts and philosophy. During the Second World War, assisted by Meeraben, Dr. MAhtab worked to control panic in Orissa due to bombardment mear the Orissa Coast by JApan. In August, 1942 he attended te Congress Working Committee meeting at Bombay whichh passed the Quit India Resolution. Along with other national leaders he was imprisoned from August 1942 to April, 1945. He spent this time writing a history of Orissa, 3 novels and a number of poems. From 1946-50 he was the premier of Orissa, then being appointed as the Cabinet Minister for Commerce and Supply till 1952. His efforts went a long way to assist construction of the Hirakund Dam and the new capital at Bhubaneshwar and the amalgamation of the pricly states with Orissa. From 1952-54 he remained Secretary General of the Congress Parliamentary Party. Appointed Governor for undivided Bombay from 1955-56, he returned to become Chief Minister of Orissa from 1956-61. Elected to the Lok Sabha in 1962, he was also the Deputy Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party. He was honoured by the Andhra Univrsity, Utkal University, Sahgor University. He was Chief Editor of "Jhankar' an Oriya Monthly, and patrionised 'Meena Bazar' a children's journal. He received the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for his book "Gaon Majlis". He has written as many as 24 books in English and Oriya. Dr. Mahtab died on 2nd January, 1987.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The design of the stamp has been prepared by India Security Press, Nashik Road, the first day cover by Sankha Samantha and the cancellation by Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.73 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.71 x 2.3 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive Gravure coated stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 10,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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