Like any other segment of society Philately is also not untouched from pollution. When I use the word pollution, I mean Corruption. We need not to go back too much and search the records. The stamps released in the last two/three years speak in themselves. The stamp of MadhuBala, MS of MadhuBala,Stamp of Sai Baba,Stamp of World Tamil Conference, Sheetlet of Ranak Pur n Dilwara Temple,Sheetlet of Postal Heritage Building, Setenant stamp of National Council of Education,different varities of Rath Yatra MS,Miniature sheet of Krishnadevaraya are the burning examples. In no record time, these stamps disappeared from the counters. From some places, it is learnt that these stamps were not even supplied to the PDA a/c holders. At some places, the quantity supplied was much less than the one ordered by the a/c holders. But this is not the case of the availability these in the secondary market. They were n they are available in any quantity of course at the price determined by these dealers.
It makes clear that the rot has stepped into the domain of Philately. The hobby of Kings n King of Hobbies has been invaded by the mafia. The money power has started showing the colour. The tendency of hoarding the stamps particularly sheetlets, ms of smaller denomination, and stamps released in se-tenant’s are the main targets. Men with money adopt any means to acquire any stock of their choice by adopting any n all means from the counters including Treasury branch of post offices and indulge in hoarding. The artificial scarcity is created in no time small collectors are lured/forced to indulge in mad race of acquiring the stuff to just complete their collection.
Unfortunately, such people are self proclaimed promoters of philately. In the name of promoting the philately, they manipulate the prices many fold n in some cases by over hundred time in no time, bully the In-charges also, occupy the positions on Govt. Bodies n use all channels to sell the stock so acquired by them. In the process, who suffers the most? The genuine n common collector. Does it not call for soul searching exercise? Do we need another Anna to clear the web which has invaded the domain of this hobby?