Postal Stamp Image : SHYAMA PRASAD MUKHERJEE 0889 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 06/07/1978
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.25
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0889
Stamp Information :

Born at Calcutta on 6 July 1901, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee inherited a rich tradition of erudite scholarship, fervent nationalism and fearlessness from his illustrious father, Sir Asutosh Mookerjee. Syama Prasad had a brilliant academic record. Though called to the Bar in 1927 from Lincoln’s Inn, he never practiced law. He became the youngest Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University in 1934 and continued till 1938. Calcutta University conferred on him D.Litt. and Banaras Hindu University LL.D. in the year 1938. He began his political career in 1929 when he was elected to the Bengal Legislative Council. He became acting President of the All India Hindu Mahasabha in 1939 and the Finance Minister of Bengal in 1941. Even while a Government, he actively opposed the British Government when the Congress leader were arrested. In 1942, he resigned from the Bengal Ministry as a protest against the British Government Policy. The Bengal famine of 1943 brought the humanitarian in Syama Prasad to the forefront and he organised relief work on a massive scale. He was against the partition of India but when that became inevitable, he was largely instrumental inn retaining parts of Bengal and Punjab in the country. On the invitation of Mahatma Gandhi, Syama Prasad joined the first national Governament in August 1947. He disagreed with the policy of the Government towards Pakistan as indicated by the Nehru-Liaqat Pact of 1950 and resigned from the Central Cabinet in April of that year. After the attainment of Independence, he did not favour the Hindu Mahasabha to continue in politics but when his views were not accepted, he resigned from the Executive of the party. In October, 1951, he organised a new political party, the Bhartiya Jana Sangh, and became its founder President. The rest of his life was spent in actively building up this party. Syama Prasad Mookerjee championed the cause of integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of India. He was arrested in Srinagar and died on 23rd June, 1953, while in custody. His funeral in Calcutta saw an outburst of feeling, which was unusual even for that great metropolis. ‘A pure and manly life’ was the ideal Dr. Syama Prasad set before himself and he lived up to it. He was a nationalist to the core of his heart. ‘Country comes first’ was his watchword, and he died a martyr for the cause of the country. His death created a void in the public life of the nation as a whole and of West Bengal in particular, which is hard to fill. His services were lost to the country at a time when they were most essentially required. He was one of the few persons who could have given a lead to the intelligentsia of West Bengal in the difficult situation arising out of partition. However, his legacy will ever be fresh and will guide the political, cultural and educational activities of the nation for many years to come. The Post and Telegraphs Department feels privileged to issue a commemorative stamp in honour of this great son of India.

Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.55 X 2.5 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 35
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Vertical
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked indigenous stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 50,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Raw Sienna