Year 2010 witnessed a strange phenomenon in Indian Philately.After a long wait, a stamp was released on Rath Yatra alongwith a beautiful Miniature sheet.Miniature sheet, henceforth shall be termed as MS. MS indeed is beautiful. Not only the concept is beautiful but the look and colour combination is also matchingly attractive.By the time all i.e. collectors and dealers could enjoy the beauty of beautiful stamp and MS, a news trickled down that there are seven varities of this MS.
A mad race started to possess all the seven varities. The race did not stop here. It stretched beyond imagination when another newsv trickled down that there are nine varieties and not seven .As two additional varities emerged, it did indeed put all calculations in astray.. All this brought a big smile on the face of all i.e. Incharges of Bureaus and Dealers except the genuine collector. Their mobile did not stop ringing.Genuine collectors are made to fend the dealer.Whome to blame for the present state of affair?In deed India Post can not escape from its due share for the simple reason:–
1. Officially ther is no announcement as to how many varities are released by India Post.
2 . What is the quantity of each variety?
3. Why varities since it has never happned in the past since 1973 when first MS was released?
4 What is the logic/resoning behind this concept of variety?
5 What was the basis of distribution of each variety across the country?
6. Why no transperency in its distribution across the country in bureausHoardig of this MS started in a big way which led in the disappearence of some varities.
It made the collector to shed extra money from their pocket which increased in some case upto 200 times and even more.Probably destiny had more shocks in its stock. Another news appeared that India Post is planning to bring out a booklet on Rath Yatra during INDIPEX-2011 and use MS with white margin on the left in Booklets.There is panic like situation in the philatelic circle casting big spell of sadness on the faces of genuine collectors since all varities are available at very exhorbitant price and almost beyond the reach of big number of collectors and bringing a BIG SMILE on the faces of Hoarders and Dealers. Some of the dealers have already made a big fortune in the process in such a short time.Beside there is big rumour in the market that few such lucky dealers and Hoarders are coaxing and canvassing the publishers and manufacturers of Philatalic material to include all the nine varitiies in their ensuing Albums on MS which is likely to see the light of the day any day.If that be case, it cast a big spell of doom on the face of many genuine collectors but will decidly send handful number of dealers dancing to their homes with both hand full with big BOOTY.Now we leave it to all to answer:–
A.Should the new album have space for all the nine varities or only MS WITH GOLDEN BORDER should only be included since it the most common and with majority of the collectors.
B .Should it be allowed to become an item of delight for many or should it be made an item to bring richness to few.
Publishers should also go for introspection as it should serve the cause of Philately since they too had been and are basically Philatelist and Collector only or they should serve the cause of Philately or meet the greed of few who are thriving in the name of Philately and making a big HOLE in the pocket of collector.Should Not India Post become more collector friendly. Clean the web. Bring out more transperency in its policy of releasing stamps and its distribution system.Should it not promote Philately in its true sense instead of promoting few vested interests even if innocently who are mushrooming in a big way.
An open appeal to all, please do not hesitate in opening your heart and giving your opinion. Who knows that your opinion may become an eyeopener for India Post may shape the future of Indian Philately and may change the fate of Genuine Collectors.(to be continued)