Postal Stamp Image : M. N. KISHORE AND PRINTING PLANT 0608 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 19/02/1970
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.20
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0608
Stamp Information : The later half of the 19th century will go down in India history as a period of renaissance in various fields of activities. It was a period when great patrots appeared on the Indian scene to answer the call of destiny and who sowed the seeds for the great national awakening which ultimately brought about the liberation of our Motherland. Similarly, we have a long list of poets, social reformers, industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed their skill and imagination towards building a better India. One of them is Munshi Newal Kishore who has been aptly termed the Caxton of India. Munshi Newal Kishore took to publishing books. He brought out 4000 volume in those days when such a mammoth task can be styled as a great pioneering achievement. Many of his published works found their way to the markets of West Asia. Munshi Newal Kishore, son of Pt. Jamuna Prasad Bhargave, a zamindar of Aligarh was born on 3rd January, 1836. Though born in an orthodox Bramhin family, Munshiji's outlook was uncompromisingly universal. He took great pains to help in building up an integrated Indian society where perfect religious harmony could prevail. This he tried to achieve with the help of his publishing enterprise. In 1858, at the age of 22, he founded the 'Newal Kishore Press and Book Depot' at Lucknow. This institution which is today the oldest printing and publishing concern in Asia, has banches at Lahore, Kanpur, Patiala and London. Munshi Newal Kishore made a search for the most valuable hand-written books and manuscripts in Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, and Persian, and published during his lifetime over 4000 such books which would have otherwise been lost to posterity. Religious books of Islam translated into Sanskrit and Hindi; and the holy books of Hindus into Urdu and Persian. Munshi Newal Kishore also started the northern India's first Indian language daily newspaper, 'The oudh Akhbar' in Urdu in 1858 under his own editorship. This journal set a high standard in journal continued for nearly a century. In 1860, he started 'The Oudh Review', an English newsweekly. He was also responsible for setting up over 30 public libraries and schools throughout the sub-continent. An erudite scholar, educationist and a nationalist, Munshiji was also a great social worker, prilanthropist and a pioneer industrialist. The Upper India Couper Paper Mills, the first and the oldest paper mill in northern India, was the product of his pioneering capacity. Due to his varied achievements and personal magnetism, he won several admirers in all classes of society. Mirza Ghalib was one of his greatest admirers. Munshi Newal Kishore was made a C.I.E. at a very young age and was also given the 'Kaiser-e-Hind' Medal in recognition of his public services and his services to the cause pf education. But, perhaps, the gretest tribute came to him from King Abdur Rahman of Afganistan who in the presence of the then Viceroy of India, Lord Dufferin and the Princes of India at the Ludhiana Darbar in 1885 told Munshiji, "I am thankful to the Lord that I have seen you. In India nothing has given me more pleasure than having seen you......" But all this name and fame did not deter Munshi Newal Kishore from fostering the political aspiration of his people. In 1885, he joined the ranks of the Congress founding fathers and played his role in the founding of the Indian National Congress. His friends and admirers included Mr. Hume and Sir Surendra Nath Banerjee. Munshi Newal Kishore passed away at the age of 59 on the 19th February, 1885. He will indeed remain a shining example of how courage, hard work and dedication can shape a many splendoured life.The Posts and Telegraphs Department has great pleasure in paying its tribute to the memory of this great pioneer and savant by bringing out a special commemorative stamp in his honour.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The Stamp design is vertical. It shows a potrait of Munshi Newal Kishore and a picture of printing press.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.9
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.56 x 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Maxtone Red-Brown
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