By Anil Kr PujaraA commamorative stamp on DEV NARAYAN was released by Honble Union Minister Sachin Pilot at Asind in Rajasthan on 3rd Sep. 2011. Interestingly, the First Day Cover bears the cancelation of Udaipur Shastri Circle Post office.The stamp has been released at Asind near Bhilwara but cancellation has been put of Udaipur Bureau.It is not the first time that a commamorative stamp has been released at a place other than a Bureau.But, it appears that it is for the first time that pre cancelled first day cover from a bureau has been released at other place which happens to be approximately over two hundred kms from the Bureau. If I am not wrong, it is not permitted by Indian Post Act.
Now the moot question is what prevented India Post in makig a catchet of Asind. In the recent past, stamp of Krishnadevaraya was released at Hampi with place cancelation of Hampi though there is no Bureau at Hampi.
Hampi falls under Belgaon Bureau but cancelation of Hampi was provided. It is not new. In the year 1956 on 23rd July, a commamorative stamp was released on the birth cenetanary of Lok Manya Tilak. A catchet of Ratnagiri was provided n affixed on the fdc. There are numerous examples like this. Then why not thistime also it was done.In 1956 India was just an independent country of 9 years old n such vital facts n minute details were taken care of though technological advancement was also at its infancy. Now when India is 64 years strong n technologically on a very strong footing how come no official from India Post could think of it.India Post issues a commamorative stamp to honour a personality n probably this time also a reverred personality who is otherwise known to be reincarnation of Lord Vishnu n worshipped as God in certain parts of the country was to be honoured by issuing this commamorative stamp on Dev Narayan.Cancellation of Asind was over looked which took away the perfect n complete joy from the Philatelists. We expect India Post not to over look such like minute details for the sake of Promoting Philately which is known as King of Hobbys n Hobby of Kings since time immemorial.