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Thursday, 15 October 2015

220) 50 Years of the 1965 Indo-Pak War : Commemorative stamps and Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & the India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively:



220) 50 Years of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps and Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India and the India Government mint, Mumbai respectively:

I was only seven years old, when the Indo-Pak War of 1965 broke out.

The following narrative is from my memory as a young lad:

 My uncle, Colonel Vinod Kumar Gupta (who retired as  in the 1980s from the Indian Army) was a Captain in the war and had already taken part in the Chinese Action in 1962. He was deployed in the Western Sector in some of the areas that saw the fiercest land battles for occupation and control of Enemy territory, particularly the Icchogil canal. 

If I remember correctly, his Batallion, 5 Guards, (Brigade of the Guards), had to cross the canal in portable canoes/boats which came under heavy fire from the enemy entrenched on the far side – a battle reminiscent of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy, France. His men managed to survive the devastating enemy fire and landed on the other side where the Indian troops already in battle were pinned down,having lost several of their officers.
My uncle took charge of the Indian troops on the ground and after several fierce skirmishes, including hand to hand battles and silencing enemy machine-gun nests, the Indian troops controlled the area. They held the captured area along the Icchogil Bund and succeeded in repulsing massive onslaughts from the enemy troops to recapture the area.

This position paved the way for wave after wave of Indian troops to penetrate deep into enemy territory. Thereafter, 5 Guards went on to capture Burki village deep in Pakistani territory just 4/5 kilometres from Lahore, when the cease-fire was declared. 
The day of the capture of Burki village is regarded as "Battle Honours Day" for 5 Guards i.e. achieving the stated objectives without sustaining any losses.

I recall that everyone including my grandfather & grandmother and all of us were glued to the transistor/radio for getting the latest information on the battles which my uncle fought in. Those were terrible days that no one in the family wants to talk about – waiting continuously for news that my uncle and his troops were safe.

The 1965 War:

 Honour, selfless service and the spirit of sacrifice are ingrained tenets of the Indian Armed forces, preserved as part of their glorious tradition, enabling them to acquit themselves commendably both in war and peace. In the face of grave personal danger, the Indian Soldier, Sailor and Air Warrior has never hesitated in making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, a fact that has been evident throughout the history of our Nation, in the face of several challenges faced. One such example of valour of the soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces was witnessed in 1965, wherein our Forces exhibited tremendous grit, determination and fortitude, living up to the faith reposed in them by the Indian Nation.

Beginning in October 1947, when it engineered a tribal invasion to capture Kashmir, Pakistan had chosen to follow a path of conflict with India and sought to achieve by war what it could not achieve through diplomacy.

In August-September 1965, the Indian Armed Forces went to War a second time in the defence of the country. 

Initially Pakistani forces attacked Kutch in Western India. Subsequent skirmishes in the Kashmir Valley by infiltrators numbering between 26000 to 33000 were designed to surprise the Indian Armed Forces. The Pakistan Army’s 50th Airborne paratroopers and Guerrillas disguised as locals entered Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan with a goal to foment an insurgency and start a rebellion among Kashmiri Muslims against India. The incursions by the end of August 1965 met with failure as the infiltrators were soon discovered and did not meet with any support from the locals. (Operation Gibraltar was the code-name given to this Operation by Pakistani Army top Brass. If you ask me, it was a poorly chosen name – as Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory and in the last Great Siege carried out by Spain to recapture Gibraltar Fort, proved to be disastrous for Spain. The Gibraltar Fort was successfully defended by a few hundred British soldiers against a Spanish force of about 1.00 lac men for several months. During the Great Siege, the Kohler Depression Gun was invented by Lieutenant Kohler, a British Army Officer, whose invention could fire cannon-balls at a 5 degree inclination and kept the besiegers from getting close to the Fort gates, as such, like the Spanish “Great Siege”, the Pakistani Army Operation was named after a failed Operation, if one takes a page out of history).

The failure of Operation Gibraltar culminated in Pakistan launching Operation Grand Slam with an all-out attack by Pakistani armour in the Chhamb Area of Jammu Province which had an objective of cutting off the Jammu-Srinagar highway and prevent the Indian Army from providing relief to the encircled areas by Pakistan.

(Operation Grand Slam was the plan drawn up by the Pakistani Army in May 1965 to attack the vital Akhnoor bridge in Jammu and Kashmir which would cut off the supply line of an entire Infantry Division in Jammu and Kashmir and also threaten Jammu which was an important logistical point for the Indian forces. This Operation too ended in failure as the stated objectives of the Pakistan army were not achieved and they were forced to retreat following a counter-attack by the Indian army and Indian Air Force.

There is a hilarious version of the poor intelligence received by the Pakistani armoured strike column which I remember from memory as recounted by my uncle – it seems that the Pakistani armour halted at a cross-roads they came upon in Indian territory not knowing whether to take the left fork or the right one, on account of poor intelligence on the ground, which indecision helped the Indian Armed Forces to launch massive counter-attacks through the Indian Air Force (IAF) at first light, which knocked out several tanks and the Indian Army to build up a massive counter-attack. The official version given out by Pakistan is, however, that there was a change of Generals to lead the armoured offensive into Indian territory, as such the main thrust of the attack was delayed by one day, leading to counter attacks by the Indian Army and Air Force on several sectors, forcing the invasion army to retreat to safer territory). 

The Indian Armed Forces, despite being lightly equipped in all sectors, fought valiantly in the true spirit of the Indian soldier, with resilience to adversity. 

The response by the Indian Infantry and Armour:

The Pakistani Forces were in for a rude shock when the Indian Armed Forces responded effectively with lightning speed and operations by the Indian Armed Forces brought the Pakistani strike columns in both the Eastern and Western sectors to a grinding halt. This was achieved through leadership and adroit application of operational tactics.

Some commendable achievements of the Indian Armed Forces were the capture of Hajipir Pass, blunting of the Pakistani offensive in Chhamb-Jaurian, Battle of Asal Uttar (meaning “Real Answer”), the Icchogil Canal and the subsequent advance into Lahore.

The tank battles of 1965 are made of legendary stuff and were the most intense since World War II. On 10.09.1965, a massive blow was struck to a huge column of Pakistani tanks when the offensive of Pakistan’s 1st armoured Division was blunted at the Battle of Asal Uttar, in the Khemkaran Sector.

The response by the Indian Air Force:

The timely entry of the Indian Air Force into the conflict provided additional impetus that eventually stalled Pakistan’s nefarious designs, especially in the Chhamb-Jaurian Sector.

Poised against the Pakistani Air Force which was equipped with much more sophisticated and modern inventory of fighter aircraft, the Indian Air Force (IAF) responded valiantly and provided air support against heavy odds and blunted the Pakistani offensive from the Air in both the Eastern and Western Sectors. The grit and valour displayed by Indian pilots added another chapter in the glorious history of the IAF.

Guarding the Seas by the Indian Navy

The Indian Navy too was deployed to ensure the defence of the Eastern and Western coasts and the Island territories. The Indian Fleet remained vigilant and carried out intensive patrols and sweeps within India’s Continental shelf. Naval aircraft were on surveillance round the clock and these pre-emptive initiatives kept the Pakistani naval fleet anchored at Karachi port.

Capturing substantial Pakistani Territory:

Ultimately, 1500 sq. miles (3900 sq. kms) of Pakistani Territory was under occupation by Indian Army, as against only 337 sq miles (540 sq. km (approx) of Indian Territory fell under Pakistani occupation.

Battle Honours and remembering our Warriors:

The sacrifices of the 1965 War are exemplified in the collective bravery displayed by the Indian Armed Forces. The valour of the soldiers was recognised through the award of 16 Battle honours and three Theatre Honours, two Param Vir Chakras (PVCs), numerous Maha Vir Chakras (MVCs), Vir Chakras (VCs) and several Mentions-in-Despatches.

The legends of the bravery and devotion to duty of CQMH Abdul Hamid and Lt. Col. A B Tarapore, who were posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakras, will live on in the glorious annals of the Indian Armed Forces among others.

Commemorative stamps issued on the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 War with Pakistan by Department of Posts, India:

Three Rupee Five Stamps have been brought out by the Department of Posts, India one each on the Army, Air Force and the Navy.



The above is an image of a First Day Cover (FDC) brought out by the Department of Posts, India bearing a legend on the left hand bottom “Valour and Sacrifice – 1965 War”. On the right hand top are the three stamps of Rupees Five each – the first one showing three soldiers of the Indian army making rapid advances against the enemy, the second stamp shows a refitted World War II vintage Folland Gnat taking on a much superior aircraft of the Pakistani Air force, while the third stamp shows a battleship of the Indian Navy patrolling/guarding the Indian coast-line, ready for any eventuality.



A set of six stamps each representing the three Arms of the Indian Armed Forces in my collection.


Commemorative Coins issued by the Mumbai Mint on the 50th Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) of the 1965 Operations (Indo-Pak War-1965):

Two Commemorative Coins have been issued by the Mumbai Mint in the denominations of Rs.50/- (Rupees Fifty) and Rs.5/- (Rupees Five) on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the 1965 Operations in the Indo-Pak War in the Proof and Uncirculated Coin Categories.

I have received a Proof Coin set from the Mumbai Mint, details of which are as under:



      The above is an image of the Cover of the Coin Album.

The Cover shows the Officers and Soldiers of the Indian Army in various actions – manning a Field Artillery Gun, a mortar unit, Armoured Tanks readying for action, an Indian Army Platoon hoisting the Indian tri-colour at a position captured in the Pakistani heartland, India’s popular Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri standing with the Army Chief on the Frontier after inspecting/visiting India’s forward lines. The cover bears the inscriptions – “Smarak Sikke” (in Hindi) and “Commemorative Coins” (in English). At the bottom is inscribed “1965 Samrik Abhiyan Ka Swarn Jayanti Varsh – 2015” (in Hindi) and “Golden Jubilee of 1965 Operations – 2015” (in English). Towards the bottom right is mentioned the quality of the Coin Set, “Proof 2 Coins”.



            The above is an image of pages 2 of the Proof Coin set.

The short description reads: “Honour, selfless service and the spirit of sacrifice are ingrained tenets of the Indian Armed Forces enabling them to acquit themselves commendably both in war and peace. In the face of grave personal danger, the Indian Soldier, Sailor and air Warrior have never hesitated in making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. One such example of this “Glorious saga” was witnessed in 1965, wherein our Armed Forces exhibited tremendous grit, determination and fortitude, living up to the faith reposed in them by the Indian Nation and its leaders.

It was in 1965, the Indian armed Forces were put to test by Pakistan for a second time, wherein Pakistani forces attacked in the area of Kutch. Subsequently, skirmishes in the Kashmir valley and thereafter the armoured attacks in Chhamb area of Jammu Province were witnessed.

The Indian Armed Forces, fought valiantly in the true spirit of the Indian Soldier. This was achieved through superior leadership and adroit application of operational art. Significant achievements by Indian armed Forces that could find its place in the annals of the military history were the capture of the Haji Pir Pass and the Battles of Asal Uttar in the Khem Karan Sector, the most intense tank to tank battles since World War II.

The war also witnessed large scale aerial combats for the first time since independence wherein the timely entry of the Indian air Force provided additional impetus that eventually stalled Pakistan’s nefarious designs, especially in the Chhamb-Jaurian Sector. The Navy too standing by its ethos and camaraderie continued to provide its unflinching support to the Armed Forces thus facilitating in achieving a decisive victory over Pakistan.”



The above is an image of page 3 of the Coin Album showing the Obverses of the two commemorative coins – Rs 50/- (Rupees Fifty) and Rs.5/- (Rupees Five).

In the background are shown Indian Army Officers and men engaged in various fields of battle – tanks at the ready and in battle formation, Field guns manned by their gunners and a Vehicle mounted mortar unit moving into battle, a tank unit celebrating its well-earned victory and the famous picture an Indian Army Platoon hoisting the Indian tri-colour at a position captured in the Pakistani heartland.



The above is an image of the Obverse of the Rs.50/- (Rupees Fifty) Coin.

In the Centre is the Coat of Arms/Emblem of the Indian Government – the Lion Capitol of Samrat Ashok, the most famous Emperor of Ancient India along with the motto coined by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, Freedom Fighter & the Founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) – “Satyameva Jayate” (in Hindi) meaning “Truth Always Prevails”. On the left periphery is the name of the issuing country “Bharat” (in Hindi) and on the right periphery is the name of the issuing country “India” (in English). The denomination of the Commemorative Coin “Rs.50/-” is mentioned on the bottom periphery.



The above is an image of the Obverse of the Rs.5/- (Rupees Five) Coin.

In the Centre is the Coat of Arms/Emblem of the Indian Government – the Lion Capitol of Samrat Ashok, the most famous Emperor of Ancient India along with the motto coined by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, Freedom Fighter & the Founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) – “Satyameva Jayate” (in Hindi) meaning “Truth Always Prevails”. On the left periphery is the name of the issuing country “Bharat” (in Hindi) and on the right periphery is the name of the issuing country “India” (in English). The denomination of the Commemorative Coin “Rs.5/-” is mentioned on the bottom periphery.



The above is an image of page 4 of the Coin Album showing the Reverses of the two commemorative coins – Rs 50/- (Rupees Fifty) and Rs.5/- (Rupees Five).

In the background are shown Indian Army Officers and men engaged in various fields of battle – tanks at the ready and in battle formation, Field guns manned by their gunners and a Vehicle mounted mortar unit moving into battle, a tank unit celebrating its well-earned victory and the famous picture an Indian Army Platoon hoisting the Indian tri-colour at a position captured in the Pakistani heartland.



The Reverse of the Rs 50/- (Rupees Fifty) Coin bears the inscription on its upper periphery “1965 Samrik Abhiyaan Ka Swarn Jayanti Varsh” (in Hindi) and “Golden Jubilee 1965 Operations” (in English). 
 On the left is mentioned “Veerta Aur Balidaan” (in Hindi) and “Valour and Sacrifice” (in English). In the centre is a memorial stone which bears the inscription “Amar Jawan” (in Hindi), meaning the “Immortal Soldier/Warrior”. The memorial stone bears the reversed arms of a fallen soldier in the defence of his country and his helmet. Two sprigs of laurel (symbolising victory) flanking the memorial in a symbolic reference that the Nation remembers their sacrifices in keeping it safe and victorious. The year of issue “2015” is mentioned at the extreme bottom.

Notice the “M” mint mark on this coin below the year of issue which is reserved by the Mumbai Mint for Proof coin issues only.

The specifications of this coin are:

Denomination of the Coin: Rs 50/- or Fifty Rupees; Metal Composition: Quaternary Silver: Silver-50%, Copper–40%, Nickel–5%, Zinc–5%; Shape: Circular; Diameter: 44.00 mm; No. of Serrations: 200; Weight: 35.00 gms.

The above is an image of the Reverse of the Rs.5/- (Rupees Five) Coin.

The Reverse of the Rs 5/- (Rupees Five) Coin bears the inscription on its upper periphery “1965 Samrik Abhiyaan Ka Swarn Jayanti Varsh” (in Hindi) and “Golden Jubilee 1965 Operations” (in English). On the left is mentioned “Veerta Aur Balidaan” (in Hindi) and “Valour and Sacrifice” (in English). In the centre is a memorial stone which bears the inscription “Amar Jawan” (in Hindi), meaning the “Immortal Soldier/Warrior”. The memorial stone bears the reversed arms of a fallen soldier in the defence of his country and his helmet. Two sprigs of laurel (symbolising victory) flanking the memorial in a symbolic reference that the Nation remembers their sacrifices in keeping it safe and victorious. The year of issue “2015” is mentioned at the extreme bottom.

Notice the “M” mint mark on this coin below the year of issue which is reserved by the Mumbai Mint for Proof coin issues only.

The specifications of this coin are:

Denomination of the Coin: Rs 5/- or Five Rupees; Metal Composition: Nickel Brass: Copper–75%, Zinc–20%; Nickel–5%, Shape: Circular; Diameter: 23.00 mm; No. of Serrations: 100; Weight: 6.00 gms.



The Famous Picture an Indian Army Infantry Troops hoisting the Indian tri-colour at a position captured in the Pakistani heartland.

Posted on 10.02.2015:
I have received two circulating Five Rupee coin from general circulation, through Jayant Biswas, a few days back:

The above is an image of the Obverse of the Rs.5/- (Rupees Five) circulating Coin.

In the centre is the Coat of Arms/Emblem of the Indian government – the Lion Capitol of Samrat Ashok, the most famous Emperor of Ancient India along with the motto coined by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, Freedom Fighter & the Founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) – “Satyameva Jayate” (in Hindi) meaning “Truth Always Prevails”. On the left periphery is the name of the issuing country “Bharat” (in Hindi) and on the right periphery is the name of the issuing country “India” (in English). The denomination of the Commemorative Coin “Rs.5/-” is mentioned on the bottom periphery.
The above is an image of the Reverse of the Rs.5/- (Rupees Five) Circulation Coin.

The Reverse of the Rs 5/- (Rupees Five) Coin bears the inscription on its upper periphery “1965 Samrik Abhiyaan Ka Swarn Jayanti Varsh” (in Hindi) and “Golden Jubilee 1965 Operations” (in English). On the left is mentioned “Veerta Aur Balidaan” (in Hindi) and “Valour and Sacrifice” (in English). In the centre is a memorial stone which bears the inscription “Amar Jawan” (in Hindi), meaning the “Immortal Soldier/Warrior”. The memorial stone bears the reversed arms of a fallen soldier in the defence of his country and his helmet. Two sprigs of laurel (symbolising victory) flanking the memorial in a symbolic reference that the Nation remembers their sacrifices in keeping it safe and victorious. The year of issue “2015” is mentioned at the extreme bottom.

Notice the "Diamond" Mint mint mark of the Mumbai Mint on this coin below the year of issue, as againt the "M" Mint Mark in the Proof Coins Set above, which is reserved by the Mumbai Mint for Proof coin issues only.

The specifications of this coin are:

Denomination of the Coin: Rs 5/- or Five Rupees; Metal Composition: Nickel Brass: Copper–75%, Zinc–20%; Nickel–5%, Shape: Circular; Diameter: 23.00 mm; No. of Serrations: 100; Weight: 6.00 gms.






Links to posts on Indian Post-Cards:

1) Historical First Day Covers on Post Cards compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle on Post Independence India

2) For Part I of the DYKS (32) "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" (Part I) - Description of 16 birds with picture postcards)

3) For Part II of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

4) For Part III of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas" please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

5) Two Series of Postage Stamps issued during the reign of George V: Inauguration of New Delhi in 1931 and Silver Jubilee of the reign of George V in 1935 compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle   

6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

7) Himalayan Lakes: Chandratal, Roop Kund, Sela, Tsangu and Tsomo Riri: A set of five post cards issued by India Post in 2015 

8)  Incredible India: (Part I) A set of 48 Post Cards issued by India Post in 2015
9) Incredible India: (Part II) A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
10)   Incredible India: (Part III): A set of 48 Post cards issued by india Post in 2015
 11) Olympic Events: A set of 12 Post cards issued by the Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 11.07.2016  

12) "Orchids": A set of 12 postcards issued by the Karnataka Postal Cicle of India Post, with designs inspired by 6 Stamps on Orchids issued by India Post on 21.10.1991 and 6 Stamps issued on 08.08.2016 
  
Maximum or Maxim Cards: 

1) Did You Know series (33): 1) Maxim or Maximum Cards 2) A set of 5 Maximum Cards issued by the Department of Posts, India to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

"My Stamps" Albums:

1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 
  
 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2016:

1)  Special India Post Cover  carried in a dedicated Hot Air Balloon flown during the II International Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Pollachi, Tamilnadu, released by Tamilnadu Circle of India Post in January 2016

2) "Vibrant India": Postage Stamps issued by India Post on this theme

3) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nasik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 1) Spl. Covers on Pandu Leni Caves and Smt. Kusum Dhirubhai Mehta released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 16.01.2016 

4) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.2016: (Part 2) Spl.Covers on Kalaram temple and Nashik "Grape City & Wine Capital of India" released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 17.01.2016 

5) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 3) Spl. Covers on "Nashik Dhol" and "Dr. Anand Gopalrao Joshi" released by Maharashtra postal Circle on 18.01.2016 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

7) Celebrating 75 Years of setting up of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal : Commemorative Postage Stamps brought out by India Post. 

8) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06 - 09.02.2016: (Part 1): Spl. Covers on "Indian Dak Runner" & "The PUNPEX-16 logo" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 06.02.2016 

9) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 2): Spl. Cover on "Butterflies of Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

10) PUNPEX - 16  held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 3): Spl. Cover on "Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

11) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 4): Spl. Cover on "Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh" released on 07.02.2016 

12) "Gurudwara Shri Paonta Sahib": Spl. Cover released by HP Postal Circle, of India Post 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

14) "Jal Mahotsav" on the River Narmada from 12-21.02.2016: Spl Cover issued by the Department of Posts, India 

15) "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv", Ujjain 22.04.2016-21.05.2016: MAPPEX-2016 Spl Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, India Post on 07.02.2016 

16) Unique Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh: MAPPEX 2016: A Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General , Indore Region, Indore, on 05.02.2016 

17) Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic car Rally": Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi on 28.02.2016 

18) Mahamaham Kumbha Mela Festival, Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu: February 13-22, 2016. Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai, India Post. 

19) "Maharaja Agrasen ki Baoli " in New Delhi: "UTSAV 2016"- A Special cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 17.02.2016 

20) Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Birth Centenary celebrations : A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi, India Post on 15.02.2016

21) Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued on 17.02.2016 by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi 

22) National Science Centre Delhi: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi , Department of Posts, India on 16.02.2016 

23) Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Vasantrao Srinivassa Sinai Dempo: A Rs.5/- Stamp issued by  India Post on 04.03.2016 

24) 150th Anniversary of the Allahabad High Court : Commemorative Stamps & Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively 

25) National Archives of India (Part 1): 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Commemorative Stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India on 13.03.2016 

26) The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 

27) "A Minor Rock Edict" of Samrat ashok found in Gujarra , Distt. Datia M.P. : A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region, MP Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India

28) "Batesara Group of Temples": A Special Cover issued by Indore Region, M.P. Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India 

29) "India-UN Women HeForShe Programme": Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post  

30) Fire Services of India: A Rs. 5/- Stamp issued by the department of posts, india to honour the "Fire Services of India

31) Govardhanram Tripathi: Commemorative Rs.5/ Stamps brought out in his honour by the Department of Posts, India. 

32) The "Everlasting Flame international Programme 2016": A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, Department of Posts, India. 

33) "Ahimsa Ball": Commemorating the 10th Installation Ceremony of the Ball: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 26.04.2016 

34) "BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 14-16 April 2016, held at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle on 14.04.2016 

35) "25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair" held from 22-24.04.2016 at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 22.04.2016 

36) "Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai Silver Jubilee": A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 07.03.2016 

37) Swami Chidananda: A Rs.5/- Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 21.05.2016, celebrating his Birth Centenary. 

38) "Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji Kashid: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 05.05.2016 

39) Tata Power: Commemorating the centenary of the establishment of The Company by India Post, by issuing Rs.5/- stamps on 10.06.16 

 40) "Surya Namaskar": The theme of second International Day of Yoga: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 21.06.2016

41) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Jharkhand: DEOPEX:2016: A Special Cover issued by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

42) "Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar": DEOPEX-2016: A Special Cover issued on him by Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

43) "Philatelic Seminar, Jaipur": A Special Cover issued by the Rajasthan Postal Circle, India Post on 28.02.2016 

44) "Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme - 2016": A Spcial Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 03.05.2016 

45) The Indian Institute of Architects: Commemorating the Centenary year of the Institute by issuing a Special Cover by Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 12.05.2016  

46) Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 (INAS 300): A Special Cover issued on the Induction of MiG-29Ks and de-induction of Sea Harriers in the Squadron, by the Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 11.05.2016 

47) State Trading Corporation : Celebrating 60 Glorious Years: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, India Post on 18.05.2016 

48) Christ Church Fort Teppakullam, Tirichirappalli: 250th Anniversary Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, India Post on 17.05.2016 

49) "BSE" (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange): Commemorating the 140th Year of its establishment: A Rs.5/- commemorative stamp brought out by India Post on 09.07.2016 

50) "VIKAS PARV - CHHAU DANCE": A Special Cover issued by Jharkhand Postal Circle on 17.06.16 

51) 65th Plenary of the North Eastern Council held on 26-27 May 2016 at Shillong: A Special Cover brought out by the NE Postal Circle of India Post, on 03.06.2016 

52) Platinum Jubilee of the First Philatelic Bureau set up in Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 21.06.2016 

53) Chennai Book Fair: A Special Cover issued by the Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 01.06.2016

54) Chennai Book Fair (Part II) A.K. Chettiar : One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

55) Chennai Book Fair (Part III): T.Janakiraman: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

56) Chennai Book Fair (Part IV): P.V. Akilandam: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

57) Chennai Book Fair (Part V): D. Jayakanthan: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

58) Chennai Book Fair : (Part VI): Pudhumaipithan: One of Six Eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

59) Chennai Book Fair: (Part VII): Va Ramasamy: One of six eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

60) Tadoba Andhari National Park: Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on "International Tiger Day" at Nagpur on 29.07.2016 

61) Tara Mata Temple Shimla: Famous Temples of Himachaal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover issued by HP Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

62) Bagla Mukhi Temple, Bankhandi, Kangra: Famous Temples of Himachal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover released by the H.P. Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016  

63) Chintpurni Temple , Chintpurni Una, HP: Famous temples of Himachal {radesh Sries: A Special Cover released by H.P.Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

64) Ter-Centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: A Special Cover brought out by Delhi P0stal Circle of Indiapost on 20.06.2016 

65) "Rio 2016" Summer Olympics: Commemorative Stamps and booklets issued by the Department of Posts, India on 05.08.2016

66) "Orchids": A set of 6 Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post on 08.08.2016  

67) Indian Metal Crafts: A set of six Stamps issued by India Post on 26.08.2016 

68) Independence Day - Tourism in India: A Rs. 25/- Commemorative Stamp issued by India Post on 15.08.2016 

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2014 and 2015:

1) 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil - A set of four stamps issued by India Post.

2) Commemorative Stamps on "Swachh Bharat" Mission

3) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Indian Ocean & Rajenda Chola I"

5) International Day of Yoga - "Commemorative Stamps & Coins" 

6) India-France - 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Commemorative Stamps

7) Commemorative Stamps on 50 years (Golden Jubilee) of "Engineers India Limited"

8Bicentenary of the "Old Theological Seminary" (OTS) Kottayam, Kerala

9Commemorative stamps issued on Nabakalabera (Jagannath Temple, Puri)

10) Commemorative stamps issued on an Indian Game called "Sagol Kangjei" originated in Manipur, from which Polo was adapted all over the World  

11) Samrat Ashok - Commemorative Stamps issued on the legendary Emperor of Ancient India 

12) Women Empowerment - Commemorative Stamps

13) Baba Amte - Commemorative Stamps 

14) Did You Know Series (4): A sample of the beautiful stamps brought out by Department of Posts, India 

15) 10th World Hindi Conference held at Bhopal - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts India

16) 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps issued by Department of Posts, India. 

17) Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedker by Department of Posts, India with a stamp titled "Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution" 

18) The "Charkha" or the Spinning Wheel: Commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India 

19) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

20) 50th Anniversary of the Border Security Force (BSF): Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

21) 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit at New Delhi - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts, India 

22) Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post.

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post.  

24) India-Singapore Joint issue: 50 Years of Bilateral Relationship: Two Commemorative Stamps issued by India-Post. 

25) Celebrating 60 years (Golden Jubilee) of EEPC India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

26) Centenary of the setting up of the Zoological Survey of India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

27) Celebrating Children's Day on November 14th - Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post. 

28) Musicians of India - Commemorating Classical Musicians of India by issue of Stamps by India Post. 

29) Sumitranandan Pant (poet and writer) : Commemorative postage stamps issued on him by India Post 

30) Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the IDSA, New Delhi: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

31) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post 

32) Commemorating Alugumuthu Kone, one of the first Freedom Fighters against the British: Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

33) Centennial of the Patna High Court of Judicature: Commoemrative Stamps issued by India Post 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on stamps issued in 2013: 

1) Commemorative Postage stamps on the "Wild Flowers of India" issued by India Post.

2) 100 Years of Indian Cinema: 50 commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2012:

1) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part I) - Warli Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012

2) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part II) - Shekhaati Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2011:

1) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2010:

1) Princely States of Indore, Sirmoor, Bamra and Cochin : Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts issued in 2008: 

1) Centenary of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru: Commemorative Stamps brought out by Indiapost in 2008

2) Standard Chartered Bank: Commemorating 150 Years of Banking in India: A Rs.5/- Commemorative Postage Stamp issued depicting the SCB Mumbai Heritage Building 

3) "Aldabra Giant Tortoise": A commemorative postage stamp brought out by India Post in 2008 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued in 2007:

1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  

Commemorative stamps issued in 1931, 1947 and 1950:

1) Three Series of original Indian stamps which depict : Inauguration of New Delhi (1931), First Independent India postage stamps (1947) and Republic of India Inauguration (1950)

 Postage Stamps from Thailand depicting Buddhist Jataka Tales:

1) Thailand postage stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Magha Puja Day (Part I)

2) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Asalha Puja Day (Part II)  

3) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Visakha Puja Day (Part III)

4) Postage stamps from Thailand commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales

Forever Stamps from United States Postal Service (USPS):

1) Forever Stamps: A Series of Stamps commemorating the "US Civil War 1861-1865"

2) Forever Stamps: The Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali (2016) 

Postage Stamps from the Bailiwick of Jersey

1) "Man of Steel": A Superman movie. Jersey post stamps commemorating a local lad Henry William Dalgliesh who played Superman in the Movie 

Postage Stamps from Gibraltar:

1) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal guidepost/landmark in Liberty and Freedom: A miniature stamp sheet issued by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Postage Stamps issued by Hongkong Post:

1) Working Dogs in Government Service: A sheetlet showing six dogs issued by Hongkong Post in June 2012

Postage Stamps issued by New Zealand Post

1) ICC Cricket World Cup - 2015 14 Commemorative Stamps issued with the theme "Have A Ball"

International Philately Exhibitions :

1) World Stamp Show New York 2016

2) Thailand 2016 - FIAP 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition 10-15 August 2016







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