12 October 2021

Book Review : Jai Hind - The True Spirit of India


Jai Hind - The True Spirit of India 

By Sushil Mehra & Chaitanya Dev

Jai Hind – The True Spirit of India By Sushil Mehra & Chaitanya Dev : Pages 200 : Size 30x30cm Coffee Table Book  :  Type Paper Back : Price Rs 1400 : Published by Sushil Mehra : Available at  Amazon : email : gaureshmehra@gmail.com


Authors : Sushil Mehra & Chaitanya Dev 

Jai Hind - A True Spirit of India is about the Jai Hind postmark issued in 1947. The main section of the book is on India’s first bilingual Pictorial Cancellation – Jai Hind. The second part of the book narrates the history of freedom struggle movement through philately featuring a variety of philatelic items like stamps, covers, postcards and other type of postal stationery.


 To celebrate the attainment of Independence, Indian Posts and Telegraph Department issued a special bilingual duplex cancellation ‘Jai Hind’ in English and Hindi Languages in two lines on 15 August 1947 from post offices of all important big cities of India. Major Post offices of India were provided with the designs of Slogan Postmark and they were allowed to make their own cancellation stamps as per design provided. Though the design provided was the same but still slight difference could be noticed in the cancellations prepared by different places.


The study of the difference in the postmark has been given with detailed analysis in the book through various illustrations and tables. A separate and very clear analysis of frame, text and cancellation has been given in the book. The book gives detailed chapters on Jai Hind- Victory of India, Jai Hind Cancellation, Jai Hind Covers and second half of the books gives history of freedom struggle through various philatelic items.


The book is beautifully designed with excellent printing and the layout completely matches with the spirit of freedom movement. The book is highly recommended for philatelists as well all those who have interest in Indian History. Since the book is on Indian Victory Slogan ‘Jai Hind’, the book will be liked and highly appreciated by one and all. The book is an asset for libraries of schools, colleges and educational institutes and of course for Philatelic Clubs/Societies for the reference of their members. With the help of this book a wonderful collection could be made on different themes related to freedom struggle movement.

 - Jeevan Jyoti

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