Postal Stamp Image : RAJARSHI SHAHU CHHATRAPATI 0913 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 01/05/1979
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.25
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0913
Stamp Information : Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati was born on 26th July 1874, as Yeshwantrao, the eldest son of Shrimant Jaysingrao alias Abasaheb Ghatge, the ruler of Kagal (Junior). On the death of Maharaja Shivaji IV of Kolhapur in 1883, Maharani Anandibai, his widow, adopted Yeshwantrao who, later on, came to be called as Shahu Chhatrapati. He became the Ruler of Kolhapur State when he was only 20 years old. A firm believer in the dictum that administration is for the welfare of the people, Shahu Chhatrapati set about his atsk with setermination and imagination. He carried forward the social revolution triggered by Mahatma Jyotiba Phule in Maharashtra for social equality and human rights. Many eminently practical steps which he took to improve the lot of the under-privileged and the weak included, even at that distant period of time, the abolition of bonded labour and the provision of education and employment for the backward and the depressed classes. He tried his best to break the shackles of caste system and open the gates of education and public offices to all. He also tried to restict child marriage and to encourage widow re-marriage. He introduced freeeducation in Kolhapur and set up a chain of hostels where the children of the poor would be housed free of charge. By improving irrigation and establishing co-operatives he became the harbinger of the first green revolution. He was a champion of the labour and the downtrodden. Shahu's vision of a secular India which would practise social equality, liberty and fraternity is in keeping with the ideals enshrined in the present-day India's Constitution. This speaks for his extraordianry liberalism, modernism and foresight. Asocial revolutionary, a true democrate, a visionary, a patron of the theatre, music and sports and a prince of the masses. Chhatrapati Shahu was a many-splendoured personality who thought and acted far ahead of his times. He died in Bombay on May 6, 1922, at the early age of 48.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 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 : Plum
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