India Post took 6 years to Recognize Rajguru’s Heroics

Postal Department agrees to issue commemorative stamp in the honor of Shivram Hari Rajguru but tells Maval MP to foot the bill

The communications department seems to think postage stamps with the images of film stars are worth it, but refused to recognize one of India’s martyrs who played a role in the country’s freedom struggle.

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Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, an MP from Maval constituency, had been pursuing the matter with the communications department since 2005. He started by submitting a proposal to the authorities in New Delhi, who rejected the idea. Not satisfied, Patil then requested the department to provide him with a list of persons who they thought were worthy of appearing on stamps. What he learnt was that the department had Raj Kapoor and Vaijayantimala on the list, but not this revolutionary.He then approached the now infamous A Raja, who was then heading the communications ministry. “I asked him whether he knew who Rajguru was and without any remorse, he said he did not,” Patil told Mirror.Then Patil followed the matter up with successive ministers like Dayanidhi Maran and Gurudas Kamat. Finally, it was the current communications minister Sachin Pilot who approved the proposal. However, the department has asked Patil to foot the bill for the blow up of the stamp, deluxe albums and first day covers which are issued on the release day. This is expected to cost between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh and will have to be borne by Patil.“The personal stamps are to be sold for Rs 5 and I have to bear the cost of the publicity and release function. The department has asked for some information in the prescribed form. It is expected that it will take a year to complete the process,” he said.

Rajguru was born on August 24, 1908 to the Deshastha Brahmin community in Khed near Pune.  It was later renamed as Rajgurunagar in his honour.  As a freedom fighter Rajguru was a member of Hindustan socialist republican army. He believed that violence against oppression was far more effective against British rule than the non-violent ways of Mahatma Gandhi. Rajguru along with Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev had murdered British police officer J P Saunders at Lahore in 1928 to take revenge for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai. All three were convicted of the crime and hanged on March 23, 1931 in Lahore jail(Source-Pune Mirror)

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3 Responses to India Post took 6 years to Recognize Rajguru’s Heroics

  1. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    Rajguru & Co.’s heroics were frequent parts of Children’s
    magazines like NANDAN & PARAG that I read as a kid.
    Great to know that a stamp is going to be issued to honor
    such a great revolutionary.

  2. Anil Nawlakhe says:

    A praise worthy case for discussion undergoing in PHILA MIRROR on rule 20.

  3. N.A. Mirza says:

    A praise worthy effort for a good cause. But it will take a year to process the project which Mr. Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, an MP, has agreed to finance is a very long time.
    I have been of the opinion that we should also begin to honour our present-day heros our personalities who have carved a niche in various fields in their life time. When Sachin Tendudlkar achieved a milestone by scoring the highest score, I wrote to the then Communication Minister Mr. A. Raja to direct his department issue commemoratives on the great cricketer of two centuries (20th & 21st). I also wrote to Mr. Sharad Pawar but heard nothing from them. I even wrote to Mr. Sachin Pilot when Sachin became the highest century maker. But nothing has been done so far. I wrote in the dailies here in Saudi Arabia in the form of letter to the editor. And this is on record. But our government maintaince a silence. Let us keep our efforts on and at the same time discourage what our Member of Parliament Mr. Patil is required to do, i.e.”footing the bill.”
    N.A. Mirza

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