30 January 2015

Tributes to Mahatma Gandhi – Special covers



A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by Civil Services Officers Institute – 30 January 2015


" ‘A Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’ a solo exhibition by Ved Prakash Sharma, was held on 30th January 2015 on the occasion of the 67th Martyrdom Day of Gandhiji at Art Gallery, Civil Services Officers Institute, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Y P Anand, a practicing Gandhian and former Director, National Gandhi Museum, Delhi. A Special Cover was released to grace the occasion by Ms. Padmagandha Mishra, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices.  Mr. A. Annamalai, Director, National Gandhi Museum was observed as the Guest of Honor. This special cover and cancellation was designed by Virendra Sharma.


Mr. Sharma retired as an RAS officer after 38 years of Government of India service in 2010. He shared his prized collection of Mahatma Gandhi memorabilia which includes an autograph of Gandhiji given to his father Late Iqbal Singh Sharma in 1946 with slogan ‘Roz Kato’ on donating Re.1 towards the Harijan Fund.


On display is his priced collection on Philatelic issues from about 110 countries. The exhibition will be held from 30th Jan to 5th Feb 2015."

- Virendra Sharma - email : virsharma@yahoo.com

Special Cover : ROCPEX - 2015,  Homage to Martyrs - 30 January 2015.


A special Cover, giving homage to Martyrs, was issued at Tiruchirapalli on 30th January 2015 The Cancellation on the cover depicts Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari.


- Kasinath R – Tanjore - email : kasinath80@gmail.com


New stamps from India – Swachch Bharat



Date of Issue : 30 January 2015

The Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad along with the Minister for Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Venkaiah Naidu and the Minister for Rural Development Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh released Commemorative Postage stamps on the theme of Swachh Bharat to mark the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi today..


Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad speaking on the occasion said the Government intends to make cleanliness a part culture of this country under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi . He pointed out that the design for the stamps were selected through a competition among the children on the theme. The Minister for Urban Development Shri Venkaiah Naidu also appreciating the idea said that if the practice of cleanliness catches with our children, it would spread as a mass movement in the country. He hoped that Swachhatha will become a Jan Andholan. Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh said the release of the stamps on the Martyrdom Day on this subject of cleanliness, which is very close to the heart of the Father of the Nation, is an apt tribute to him.

The Department of Posts, at a function this morning issued a set of these three Commemorative Postage Stamps on the theme of Swachh Bharat. Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Prime Minister on the 2nd October, 2014 on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This all encompassing Mission covering our surroundings seeks to achieve “Clean India” and aims to provide access to toilets to all households in the country, and making adequate arrangements for Solid and Liquid Waste Management.
Release of a set of three stamps and a miniature sheet on the theme Swachh Bharat is a part of this effort to achieve the vision of Clean and Healthy India.

Courtesy – PIB , Indian Philatelists Forum

Tributes to Mahatma Gandhi



30 January – Death Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi


Philatelic Tributes to Father of Nation

Hong Kong 2015 – 31st Asian International Stamp Exhibition Stamps




Sheet No. 1 : Date of Issue : 18 September 2014

This set of stamp sheetlets commemorates a major event among philatelists in the world - the 31st Asian International Stamp Exhibition to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 23 November 2015. The Stamp Sheetlet series No. 1 was issued on September 18, 2014. Series No. 2 and 3 are for issue on November 20 and 23, 2015 respectively, to mark the grand opening and the closing day of the event respectively. The design of the sheetlets is unique featuring multiple fun at the exhibition.



Sheet No 2  Date of Issue : 20 November 2015


Sheet No 3 : Date of Issue : 23 November 2015


image Mr Ajay Kumar Mittal has been appointed National Commissioner for HONG KONG-2015 31st Asian International Stamp Exhibition) going to be held from 20th November to 23rd November 2015.

Philatelists are requested to send  following details of the Exhibit they wish to participate with.

  1. Last Exhibition Participated
  2. Level of the Exhibition : International/Asian/International/State
  3. Award won in the exhibition
  4. No. of frames

Last date of complete forms to be sent to the National Commissioner  is 20th February 2015. Please contact:

Ajay Kumar Mittal

National Commissioner

​HONG KONG 2015​

D-57 South Extension Part-1
New Delhi-110049
Mobile : 9811032311, 9311332311
Email :

29 January 2015

New Special Cover on Jainism


Shri Digamber Jain Siddhakshetra Muktagiri , Baitul – 29 January 2015



India Post issued a beautiful special cover and special cancellation on 29th Jan. 2015 at Baitul (M.P.) during the Philatelic Exhibition TAPIPEX - 2015. Special cover and special cancellation are related to famous Jain pilgrimage centre Shri Digamber Jain Siddhakshetra Muktagiri situated in the Baitul District.

- Sudhir Jain  - Satna (MP) : email : sudhirjain@unistar.co.in

Monograph - The Post Office Mauritius Stamps


Book Review



Monograph – The Post Office Mauritius Stamps by Col Jayanta Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta , Published by The Army Philatelic Society L-335, Tarapore Towers, New Link Road Oshiwara, Andheri (West), Mumbai 400053. Price Rs 35O - Contact email : doctorjayanta2009@gmail.com

image The recent Monograph by Col Jayanta Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta is a comprehensive work on world famous rarest stamps of the world  “ The Post Office Mauritius stamps “. Every stamp collector must have heard about these famous stamps but might not know the whole story behind these stamps. Col J. Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta have researched on the topic and wrote a wonderful Monograph on these stamps which all stamp lovers would like very much.

The first two postage stamps of Mauritius  issued in 1847, the so-called "Post Office" stamps, are of legendary rarity and value. They were the first stamps issued in any part of the British Empire outside of Great Britain. The unique cover bearing both “Post Office” stamps has been called "la pièce de résistance de toute la philatélie" or "the greatest item in all philately". On September 21, 1847, Mauritius issued two stamps, an orange-red one penny (1d) and a deep blue two pence (2d).The words "Post Office" appear in the left panel, but were changed to "Post Paid" in the following issue, and are the source of the stamps' common name. The "Post Office" stamps are among the rarest stamps in the world, and are of legendary status in the world of philately.

The monograph has color pictures of stamps and its rarest covers. The layout, design and printing of the book is excellent. The Monograph gives list of all the stamps and covers of the series with complete details. The historical story of these stamps  described in this  Monograph would be liked by all stamp lovers and it would be an asset in their collection. This interesting book is recommended to all stamp collectors as well as to  the libraries of  educational institutions.

Club News

Special Cover : Centenary of Vani Vilasa Sabha, Kumbakonam


A Special Cover was issued on 26 December2014 at Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu to celebrate Centenary of Vani Vilasa Sabha, Kumbakonam.



Stamp Exhibition


ROCPEX 2015 - Philatelic Exhibition 30 – 31 January 2015 January at Trichy.

-  Kasinath  R. – Tanjore

28 January 2015

St. Valentine’s Day – a day of love and sincere feelings



Date of Issue : 3 February 2015



Australian Post will release a set of stamps celebrating the upcoming St. Valentine’s Day. The issue consists of four stamps that will be put into circulation on the 3rd of February.


Stamp and Coin Cover

The heart is quite simply the most iconic love symbol of all. The exchange of heart-shaped Valentines is believed to have gained popularity in Victorian England.

This latest issue of stamps, for special occasions and everyday use, is a fresh and contemporary take on the subject of love and the love heart form. Each stamp presents a heart shaped object, floating in a panorama of blue sky and fluffy white clouds.

There is a heart shaped kite, skywriting smoke trail, hot air balloon and cloud. The stamps convey a sense that love is something limitless, uplifting and exciting; that love is about to happen; that love is in the air…

27 January 2015

Club News



Philatelic gift to President Obama from Indian Prime Minister N. Modi


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PM Narendra Modi  gifted President Obama a copy of the first telegram from America to India's Constituent Assembly. He said: "Original commemorative stamp issued on 26th Jan 1950 is on back cover of the US telegram I gifted President Obama."

The telegram, headlined "Message of Goodwill", was read out at the inaugural sitting of the Constituent Assembly of India Dec 9, 1946

Android App of Indian Philately Digest launched

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A good news for stamp lovers !!

Android App of Indian Philately Digest developed by Prashant Pandya has just been launched today at the Closing Ceremony by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Postal Circle. This App is very useful for all stamp lovers. They can get  latest update about Indian Philately throgh this app !!

Visit www.indianphilately.net/mobileapp.html or Google Play Store to download the app on your Android mobile phone.

New Special Covers

Rajpex 2015 : Mangalyaan - 27th January 2015


Special Cover on Mangalyaan released at Rajpex 2015 on 27th January 2015. Cover design based on the design of painting drawn by Kum Shreshtha Srivastava first winner of Competition held at Rajpex 2015.

Courtesy – Prashant Pandya





A special cover has been released at Kolkata on 24th Jan. 2015 on the occasion of Bicentenary of Jain Swetamber PanchayatiMandir (burra mandir), Cotton Street, Kolkata. Hon'ble Governor Sri Kesri Nath Ji Tripathi and Chief Post Master General Mrs.Arundhati Ghosh released the special cover, silver coin (Medallion) and set of picture postcards in a grand function.

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP) : email : sudhirjain@unistar.co.in

From our Readers

Philatelic Tributes to RK Laxman

Mr Vijay Deshpande of Mumbai shares here a FDC of Times of India , autographed by greatest cartoonist Shri RK Laxman who passed away y’day.



From the collection of Vijay Deshpande email : vijay2603@gmail.com

BAPU- a Painting & Stamp Exhibition at Patna


To commemorate the 100th year of arrival of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India, we are going to hold an exclusive Art and stamp exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi from 29th   Jan. to 3rd  Feb.2015 at Lalit Kala Academy, Patna. 

Mr. Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and other noted Gandhian  shall grace the occasion each day to make the event memorable one.

- Pradip Jain - Patna

Tributes to RK Laxman, the great cartoonist of India


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R K Laxman was a cartoonist, journalist, illustrator and humorist. For decades, he showed the Indian citizen who we are. He holds some of the highest national and media accolade for his exclusive work on the “The Common Man”. R K Laxman’s great sense of humor gave birth to extensive ingenuity in political satire. Men with like him are rare to find.He was best known for his creation The Common Man, for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.The stamp issued by India Post  celebrates The Times of India, with the iconic cartoonist R.K.Laxman's "Common Man" .

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India Post released a postage stamp on 13 November 2013 on 175 years of The Times of India,  featuring “ Common Man” cartoon made by RK Laxman .

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist, started his career as a part-time cartoonist, working mostly for local newspapers and magazines. While a college student, he illustrated his elder brother R K Narayan's stories in The Hindu. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist was for the The Free Press Journal in Mumbai. Later, he joined The Times of India, and became famous for Common Man character.

The greatest cartoonist  passed away on the evening of January 26, at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune, where he was on life support for the past few days. He was 93.Born in 1921 in Mysore, Laxman had no formal training in cartooning but the work he put out over decades was sheer genius. He began by drawing for local papers, and illustrating the stories of his famous elder brother, novelist R K Narayan, while still at college.

After stints at various publications and even a film studio after his graduation, he came to Mumbai in the 1940s. After a brief spell at the Free Press Journal, he came to the Times group in 1947 and stayed there for the rest of his glittering career.

The recipient of numerous awards, among them the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay Award, Laxman's fan base ran into millions. He never let them down, drawing two cartoons a day, always brilliant, with consummate ease. His Common Man, created in 1957, was the symbol of India's ordinary people, their trials and tribulations, their little joys and sorrows, and the mess they found themselves in thanks to the political class and bureaucracy. But despite the sobering reality of this, there was never any rancour in Laxman's cartoons. His humour was always delightful, and no one could hold a candle to his brushstrokes.He will always be remembered as the greatest cartoonist of all time.

26 January 2015

New Special covers from Rajasthan


Heritage Game of Rajasthan – Horse Polo, Maharaja Bhawani Singh Cup


Rajpex-2015, Day: 2, 25th January 2015

On the second day of Rajpex-2015, a Special Cover on Heritage Game of Rajasthan – Horse Polo, Maharaja Bhawani Singh Cup was released by Rajkumari Diya Kumari, MLA of Sawai Madhopur in presence of Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Digvijay Singh, Secretary, Polo Club, Jaipur, Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director Postal Services, (HQ), Rajasthan Postal Circle, Shri Dinesh Sinh Jaini, Director Postal Services, Shri J. M. Dhor and Sr. Philatelists, Shri Rajesh Paharia, Sr. Philatelist.



On the occasion two sets of Picture Postcards were also released by the guests on dais. One set of on religious places of Rajasthan including Dadudwara, Naraina, Jaipur, Govind Dev ji Temple, Jaipur, Sri Amrapur Place, Jaipur Ekling ji Temple, Udaipur, The first Church of Rajasthan, Todgar, Beawar, Galiakot Dargah, Dungarpur, Nakoda Jain Temple, Balotra, Barmer and Maa Tripura Sundari Temple, Banswara. Another set of 6 Postcards on Stamps issued on Rajasthan having images of Bride-Rajasthan, Valler Dance of Garasia Tribe, 13th Asian Pacific Dental Congress, 1988, Radha – Kishangarh, Pushkar Fair, Ajmer and Cities of India, Bikaner.A quiz competition of school children was also organized on the second day.

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Picture Postcards

Rajpex 2015, Day 3

Republic Day celebration, Flag hoisting ceremony and Cultural performances at Mahaveer Public School the venue of Rajpex - 2015 and Special Cover release on Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur with Cancellation in form of Meter Franking.

Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur

Special Cover released on Biggest Indian Flag on highest mast in Rajasthan at Central Park, Jaipur at Rajpex 2015 on 26th January 2015.


Courtesy : Prashant Pandya


MUMBAIPEX 2015 was INAUGURATED on 23rd January 2015 at 10.00 hrs by Shri Mahesh Zagade, Transport Commissioner, Maharashtra at the Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Annex Building, Mumbai GPO, Mumbai.

Mumbai Dabbawala Association


Shri Raghunath Medge, President, Mumbai Dabbawala Association was the Guest of Honor. Dr.N.Vinod Kumar, DPS (HQ) O/o Chief Post Master General, Maharshtra Circle were present at the event.A special cover on Mumbai's Dabbawala was released on this occasion.

Mumbaipex 2015 : SPECIAL COVER : Dr.Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum released on 24 January 2015


Courtesy : Viswas Menon

Greetings on Republic Day




Happy Republic Day !!

Today is 66th Republic Day of India. Let’s remember the golden heritage of our country and feel proud to be a part of India.  Greetings to all Indians living in every corner of the world on Republic Day .

Special on this 66th Republic Day

US President, Barack Obama would be the chief guest on this year, 2015 Republic Day celebration of India on 26th of January in New Delhi. He would be accompanied by his wife (Michelle Obama) and senior official’s team of the administration.

Women armed forces of India would take part for the first time in the Republic day Parade of this year, 2015. The order came from the top authorities as our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi keen to Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti. Women Empowerment and Nari Shakti would be the main theme of this year Parade.

25 January 2015

Rare species of animals featured on new Jersey stamps



Jersey Post will issue a series of stamps dedicated to its rare species of animals. The series consists of six stamps that feature a Puffin, Agile frog, Red squirrel, Green Lizard, Hedgehog, and a Barn owl. The issue is to be released and put into circulation on the 18th of February.

Club News

Rajpex-2015, 14th Rajasthan State Level Philatelic Exhibition - 24th - 27th January 2015.

Rajasthan Postal Circle organized Rajpex-2015, 14th Rajasthan State Level Philatelic Exhibition at Mahaveer Public School, Vardhman Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur from 24th to 27th January 2015.

24th January 2015 - Day 01


The exhibition was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Rajeev Dasot, Additional DG, Rajasthan Police and Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Postal Circle on 24th January 2015. Shri Rajendra Godha, Chairman, Mahaveer Public School Committee and Shri Umraomal Sanghi Secretary, Mahaveer Education Committee were the Guest of Honour of the function.


On the first day a Special Cover on 17th Vintage Car Rally was released by the Chief Guest Shri Rajeev Dasot in presence of Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, CPMG, Rajasthan Postal Circle, Guest of Honour Shri Rajendra Godha and Shri Umraomal Sanghi, Shri Dushyant Mudgal, Director Postal Services (HQ), Jaipur and other guests.


Every year a Vintage Classic Car Rally is organized in Jaipur that brings out all the vintage cars of the city and nearby places for the delight of city dwellers and season tourists in Jaipur.

Organized by Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club, the 17th Vintage Classic Car rally was scheduled at the auspicious Jai Mahal Palace of Jaipur on 24th and 25th January 2015. The event brings together a group of leading car owners and vintage car collectors from different parts of the country.


A Stamp Booklet on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was released on the occasion by Shri Rajendra Godha and all guests on the dais.



A drawing competition was also organized for School Children on 24th January on theme Mars Mission. The best entry of the competition design will get a place on the special cover to be issued on 27th January 2015.

Courtesy - Indian Philately Digest

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