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The following Proof coin set was also issued by the Mumbai Mint in the same year:
The reverse of the Proof coin set in the denominations of Rs.50/- & fifty paise minted by the Mumbai Mint in 1997.
The obverse of the above coin set showing the denominations of the coins Rs.50/- & 50 paise. The third coin shows an image of the Mumbai mint. On the upper periphery of this coin is mentioned "Bharat Sarkar Taksal, Mumbai" (in Hindi) meaning "India Government Mint, Mumbai .
A one-rupee stamp issued in honour of Mahatma Gandhi which is one of the most commonly used stamps in India.
I cannot forget the small concrete cell where Swantrata Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was imprisoned, which I saw during my trip to the Andamans in 1995. I sat inside for a few minutes remembering the sacrifices of all our martyrs.
Recently, in Pune, during a Heritage walk organised by Virasat, I visited the Veer Savarkar Smarak. This was the first time that I found out that Savarkar was the first Freedom Fighter to have initiated the act of burning "English goods" in Pune & Bal Gangadhar Tilak & other freedom fighters were witnessing & participating as per the mural. For this act the Ferguson College Principal (where Savarkar was studying in Pune) fined Savarkar Rs.10/- & there were lots of protests from Tilak & other stalwarts who deplored the deteriorating quality of FC College teachers.
A Memorial to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is inscribed in the Ferguson College Boy's hostel, outside the room where he resided while studying in the College from 1902-1905.
A portrait of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar placed in the Memorial. Shown here is Veer Savarkar's act of forsaking/burning of British made clothes on 07.10.1905 and taking a vow to use Indian-made goods/clothes henceforth. He was fined Rs.10/- by the College authorities, which was a "Princely sum" in those days.
Posted on 07.07.2014:
Posted on 27.06.15:
Visited the Philatelic Bureau at the General Post Office (GPO), Pune again yesterday where I picked up the undernoted miniature stamp sheet titled "100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi's Return":
The above is an image of the Rupees Twenty-five and Rupees Five stamp Miniature sheet issued on Mahatma Gandhi titled "Mahatma Gandhi ki Wapasi ke 100 Varsh" (in Hindi/Devnagri) and "100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi's return" (in English) . The Miniature sheet depicts on the Rupees five stamp a document titled " Golden number of Indian Opinion" and "Souvenir of the Passive Resistance Movement of South Africa". A young Gandhi is shown in Western attire.
The Rupees Twenty Five stamp shows, Gandhi and his wife Kasturba on Indian shores on their return to India from Africa in 1915, in Indian style dresses . The Miniature sheet also shows the Mahatma spinning the "Charkha" (or the spinning wheel) to make "Khadi cloth" (indigenous cotton cotton thread/cloth) as a means of protest against using British-made foreign goods, an image which ignited the minds of Indian patriots all over the country to boycott European goods in their fight for India's Independence.
Posted on 26.10.2015:
A half sheet of 16-stamps of Rs.5/- denomination showing the "Peti Charkha".
A miniature sheet of the two Rs. 5/- stamps showing Gandhiji with the "Peti Charkha" which he had designed. There is a quotation from him " The call of spinning wheel is the noblest of all because it is the call of love and love is Swaraj" (from the Publication "Young India" dated 13.10.1921)
A First Day Cover (FDC) issued by Pune GPO bearing the cancellation date "15.10.2015" showing the two stamps and Gandhiji at work on a Bardoli Charkha. There is a quote from him "For every minute that I spin, there is in me the consciousness that I am adding the the nation's wealth".
Posted on 12.12.2015:
The New Zealand Mint, on behalf of Niue Island has brought out a set of five silver coins which depict various aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's life and work. I am giving below the images of the five coins:
This coin is titled "BE THE CHANGE THAT YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD" on the left to upper periphery and " GANDHI'S ARRIVAL IN INDIA -1915" on the lower to right periphery. The engraving shows a young Mahatma Gandhi in a traditional Indian dress.
This coin is titled "HATE THE SIN LOVE THE SINNER" on the left to upper periphery and " NON-COOPERATION MOVEMENT, 1920" on the lower to right periphery. The engraving shows Mahatma Gandhi spinning a traditional Indian Khadi dress.
This coin is titled "IN A GENTLE WAY, YOU CAN SHAKE THE WORLD" on the left to upper periphery and " GANDHI'S SALT MARCH -1930". The engraving shows Mahatma Gandhi in a Khadi clothes spun by him on a traditional Spinning wheel or "Charkha".
This coin is titled "THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY" on the left to upper periphery and " QUIT INDIA MOVEENT, 1942". The engraving shows three waves of marchers in the Quit India Movement.
This coin is titled "INDIAN INDEPENDENCE. 1947" on the left to upper periphery and " MY LIFE IS A MESSAGE - MAHATMA GANDHI, 1942". The engraving shows a smiling Mahatma Gandhi in a Khadi clothes spun by him on a traditional Spinning wheel or "Charkha". In the background in the Indian Flag. Below is an image of the Obverse of these coins.
On 15.08.1948, the first anniversary of India's Independence was commemorated by issuing a Postage Stamp of Mahatma Gandhi in four denominations, thus honouring the Father of the Indian Nation as the first Indian to be placed on a Postage Stamp. The inscriptions on the Stamp, reproduced on this Post Card recently acquired for my collection read "Bapu", "SERVICE", "MAHATMA GANDHI 2 OCT 1869 - 30 JAN 1948". The value of the Stamp is Rs.10/-
Posted on 16.06.2015:
The above is an image of a full sheet of 100 stamps on Mahatma Gandhi of the value of 25 Paise each issued under the recent 11th Definitive Stamp Series by India Post.
Posted on 03.07.2016:
On the fifth day (01.06.16) at the World Stamp Show New York (NY-2016), held from 28.05.2016 to 04.06.2016, which is a once in a decade Stamp Show, India Post released another two Special Covers on the theme “Classics Forever”, one of which is the undernoted one on Mahatma Gandhi:
The above is an image of a Special Cover on Mahatma Gandhi depicting four stamps which have been issued at various points of time by India Post. Notice that the background gives the impression that the Special Cover is printed on “Khadi cloth” (an indigenously spun cloth on the Spinning wheel which was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s “favourite instruments” for bringing down the British Raj economy)
(The link to my post on the "World Stamp Show New York 2016", held from 28.05.2016 to 04.06.2016 (the once in a Decade Stamp Show), where many other beautiful Special Covers were released by India Post is as follows: World Stamp Show New York - 2016)
Posted on 19.07.2016:
ii) Commemorative Coins in the denomination of Rs.10/-:
Posted on 15.02.2017:
I have yesterday received the undernoted Special Cover from the epostoffice, New Delhi for a premium of Rs.100/-, which has been released on Martyr's day this year i.e. on 30.01.2017:
The Front of the Special Cover shows on the left a left facing stylised profile of Mahatma Gandhi with his signature "MKGandhi" below it.
Further below is his name "Mahatma Gandhi (in both Hindi and English). The 500 Paise or Rs.5/- stamp showing an image of a "Bardoli Ckarkha" (meaning a "Bardoli Spinning Wheel") was issued in 2015.
The cancellation hand-stamp shows Mahatma Gandhi walking away with the support of his walking stick symbolising that the "Father of the Indian Nation" has departed on 30.01.1948, felled by an Assassin's bullets. The Cancellation hand-stamp is of New Delhi GPO and is dated "30.01.2017"
The interesting feature of this Special Cover is that the the background gives the look of a Khadi cloth which Mahatma Gandhi and several Indian patriots who were matryred in the cause of India's Freedom struggle weaved on "Charkhas" and wore throughout their lives, shunning British-made clothes. Not only that, if one runs a finger over the Special cover, one gets the "feel" of the texture of the Khadi cloth.
The Back of the Special Cover too gives the look and "feel" of a Khadi cloth . The logo of India Post is in the centre.
Posted on 26.05.2017:
About the Champaran Satyagrah:
1)For the Main Post titled "Honouring Mahatma Gandhi & the Martyrs of Cellular Jail, Andaman & Nicobar Islands": (please click here)
2) The Charkha or the Spinning Wheel - Bardoli Charkha and Peti Charkha
3) Prominent Events of Mahatma Gandhi's life depicted on a 5 silver coin set issued by the New Zealand Mint
4) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.
5) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: i) Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post ii) Commemorative coins of Rs.10/-
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