By Sudhir Jain
During the World Philatelic Exhibition INDIPEX 2011, a meeting of Philatelists collecting Jainism and allied themes was organised on 15th Feb. 2011 at the main exhibition Hall No. 11. 43 stamp collectors from all over India attended this meeting who collects stamps on Jainism, Non-violence, Peace, Vegetarianism etc. Meeting was started with Navkar Mantra prayer by Geetaben VeenubhAi bhavishi of Akola.
Senior Philatelists like Mr. Pradip Jain Patna (Member INDIPEX Organising Committee), Mr. Jatan Mal Dhor Jaipur (Member Philatelic Advisory committee, Govt. of India), Mr. Ajeet Jain Kolkata, Mr. Nemichand Chopra Bikaner and Maj. Gen. A. R. A. Shah Addl. D.G. Army Postal Services were on the dais and given their valuable suggestions.Mr. Deepak Modi Jalna, wellknown Philatelist running Mobile Philately given welcome speech and Dr. Pradip Jain Balod described the aim of holding this meeting. All the Philatelists formed an association of the collectors of Jainism and allied themes titles as “JAINISM PHILATELY GROUP”. Following office bearers have been elected unanimously;
Mr. Sudhir Jain (Satna, M.P.) – National Chairman
Dr. Pradip Jain (Balod, C.G.) – Vice Chairman
Mr. Pramod Kumar Jain (Pondicherry) – Vice Chairman
Mr. Deepak Modi (Jalna Maharashtra) – General Secretary
It has been decided that every State will have a State Representative in the National body. Some of the names announced for the State Representative were Mr. Sanjay Kumar Jain Patna (Bihar), Mr. Ajeet Jain Kolkata (W.B.), Mr. Vikas Jain Ajmer (Rajsthan), Mr. Atul Jain Bilaspur (C.G.), Mr. Sanjeev Jain Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Mr. Yogendra Kumar Jain (U.P.), Mr. Hemant Kumar Jain Mandla (M.P.), Mr. Vijay Shah Bhavnagar (Gujrat), Mr. Chhganraj Jain Bellary (Karnataka). Philatelists of other States collecting above themes will be added shortly. Those philatelists who wants to join this group can contact the above mentioned office bearers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for details.
Two beautiful multicolored special covers have also been issued on this occasion. Mr. Pramod Kumar Jain of Pondicherry (9894252549) designed these covers. These covers attracted the visitors of INDIPEX and huge demand was there for these covers.
It was resolved that a strong persuasion should be made for issuance of a commemorative stamp on Aacharya Gyansagar Ji Maharaj and Shrimad Rajchandra Ji Maharaj. As presently there are four Jain members in the Philatelic Advisory Committee of Govt. of India, it will be easy to pursue the same. All the members congratulated to Mr. Sanjay Kumar Jain for his Jainism exhibit displayed in the INDIPEX 2011.
Chairman elect Mr. Sudhir Jain assured that this Group will spread the massage of Jainism, Non-violence, Peace, Harmony, Vegetarianism through Philately. Meeting was concluded with the condolences to the senior Philatelists of Jainism Late Naresh Kumar Jain (Patna), Late Gaurav Dalal (Ahmedabad) and Late M.L. Bafna (Jodhpur).