INDIPEX2011:Khadi Stamp Released Amidst Huge Demand and \”My Stamp\” Attracts Many

A special postage stamp on Mahatma Gandhi created from khadi turned out to be the most sought-after at the World Philatelic Exhibition (INDIPEX2011) that began here today.

The stamp, a collector\’s delight priced at Rs 250 for a premium limited edition in a miniature sheet format, was a coveted item for enthusiasts who queued up to buy it at the India Post counter at Pragati Maidan the venue of Indipex 2011, that was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil.\"\"\”India has never issued any stamp on any material other than on paper. In other countries, materials like silk, gold and diamonds have been used to make stamps. We thought to experiment with khadi and Gandhiji was a natural choice since he advocated the use of handspun khadi,\” said Harpreet Singh, Director, Indipex.

\”We knew the stamp would generate a good response but this is overwhelming,\” he said when there was a brief stoppage around noon in the sale of stamps at the venue due to lack of stock. However, the sale resumed after fresh stock was brought half an hour later.

Umesh Karkari, a philatelist at the venue said, \”This is a very rare stamp and I was the first to obtain a copy. Gandhi theme is the most popular for stamp collectors and I am proud to own this khadi stamp.\”

The stamp made out of khadi is also being sold online at the Indipex 2011 website where an individual can order upto a maximum of 10 stamps.

There was a long queue even for the online bookings during the first day of the exhibition.

An India Post official said, \”We had printed one lakh special khadi stamps especially for Indipex 2011 and we think we might have to order some more units going by the huge demand.\”

One of the other events at the exhibition which drew crowds, especially children, was the \”My Stamp\” section. The initiative introduced by India Post for the first time offered visitors a chance to customise and personalise a stamp with their own photographs.

On Sunday, February 13, a set of stamps on six legendary actresses of Indian cinema, namely, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Kanan Devi, Devika Rani, Leela Naidu and Savitri will be released.

A total of 595 collectors from 70 countries are participating in the exhibition organised in collaboration with the Philatelic Congress of India under the auspices of the Federation Internationale de Philatelie and the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately.

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4 Responses to INDIPEX2011:Khadi Stamp Released Amidst Huge Demand and \”My Stamp\” Attracts Many

  1. Sreejesh Krishnan says:

    India post cheated with the khadi stamp of Gandhi Ji. It is totally out of our expectation. A small piece of Khadi only pasted on the stamp. Yesterday I took the stamp to post a speeed post from a local post office. The post officer told me that this is not a 100 rs stamp it is only a rupee stamp. If it is 100 Rs it should write Rs100 or 10000. In addition India post informed that limited number only will be printed but 1 lakh is not a limited number. India post is making only money by selling Gandhi just like dealers. They were making money to a tune of 2.5 crores, Insted of actul price of 1 crore.

    Sreejesh Krishnan

  2. Neeraj Kumar says:

    If you want to how to torture your customers, learn from India Post. It was a nightmare for philatelists to get this Khadi Gandhi stamp who had booked online. There was one long queue for the payment and another for delivery while this could have been done with single queue. It took 3-4 hrs for people, who booked it online, to get pack of ten presentation pack, while staff was selling 1 or 2 presentation packs to anybody. I saw one lady buying atleast 30 presentation packs within 10-15 minutes. I would have done that had I not deposited the money. It would have saved my precios time. Besides, there was no intimation about identity card for online booking.


    Neeraj Kumar

  3. Kamran Ahmad says:

    It was wonderful to see how people were fighting and shouting all the time in Que for Khadi stamp purchase.The people were so keen to take Khadi stamp and I think this was the world record crowd to buy a stamp.Arrangements were really poor,India Post people also under estimate the demand for Khadi stamp,If this stamp is really a limited edition than they should not go for more prints.

  4. anil kr pujara says:

    Another question bothering everybodys mind is whether this MS of Gandhi stamp will be sold only in the exhibition or it will be sent for sale all over country at Bureaus and will it be supplied to PDA holders. If it will be supplied to PDA holders then will it be in the form of Presentation Pack or loose MS as it was initially sold on the Day -1.Can any one answer?

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