TILAK STAMP 1956
By Rajesh Varma & Abhai Mishra, with inputs from Madhukar Jhingan
Scholar, patriot and fearless journalist, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856-1920) was a pioneer of India?s freedom struggle. He organized the ?Home Rule Movement? and gave the slogan ?Swaraj (political Independence) is my birth right and I shall have it?.
In honor of this great man, a stamp was issued on his birth centenary featuring his portrait on July 23, 1956 in the denomination of Annas two. This was the last stamp in the pre-decimal currency and the first issue where special first day of issue postmark was also provided at the birthplace in addition to philatelic bureaus.
The First Day Cover
with the birthplace postmark
also perhaps the first issue that was released prematurely that is before the
official date of issue and caused a parliamentary question. In this regard we
quote from ?The Tribune?, August 11, 1956:
Stamp used registered cover on July 20,
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