PHILATELY IN TRANSITION IN INDIA
From the issues of Stamps of India
Part 77, Issue # 186 – September 16,
In this column when we write about criminal activities
such as smuggling antiquities, we have so far written about persons in their
50’s and 60’s. We have always been optimistic about younger generation.
However we were recently shocked to see an Indian exhibit at World Stamp
Championship that included antiquities and were carried from India to Singapore
by the exhibitor’s father without mandatory permit from the Archaeological
Survey of India. This person in his wisdom (?) chose not to inform about the
inclusion of antiquities in his son’s exhibit to the national commissioner for
To add insult to injury, he was also found telling other participants of World
Stamp Championship who had antiquities in their exhibits and for whom permit was
obtained by the national commissioner from the Archaeological Survey of India,
about his ‘smartness’ and urging them to follow his example!
To this person, who has been a commissioner, jury, and a PCI governing council
member, we have nothing to say as we consider him beyond salvage but we do pray
that his son grows up to be a law abiding citizen and a good human being.