By Anil Kr Pujara
Recently I telephoned to one of my Philatelic friends to find out how did he enjoy the function organized by India Post at Vigyan Bhawan for ceremonious release of Set of 50 stamps in the shape of 6 Miniature Sheets. To my surprise, I got the shocking reply from my Philatelic friend who happens to be son of a Renowned Film Personality on whom India Post had recently in the recent past issued a commemorative stamp also. He informed me that he was not even aware that there was a function in this Regard. He informed me that he had come to know about release of set of 50 stamps by India Post to commemorate the Centenary of India CINEMA but not about the function. The talk continued on this when he made certain revelations which are more shocking in nature n contents. I am tempted to share with all through this forum n I am sure many would love to read the same but based on their own experiences they would not be shocked because INDIA POST is INDIA POST after all. You can’t expect better than this from India Post.
My friend after conversation with me on this issue, telephoned to Mr Raj Babbar who was in Agra to enquire from him whether he attended the function at Vigya Bhawan since his wife SMITA PATIL BABBAR was one of the lucky 50 film personalities who were choosen by India Post to feature on one of the 50 stamps going to be released by them. To his utter surprise, he was informed by Raj Babbar that he was not even aware that a Commemorative Stamp was being released by India Post on his wife.
My friend, out of sheer anxiety, telephoned to Prateek Babbar to find out his Status since his mother SMITA PATIL was being featured on one of the Commemorative stamps. Any guess what reply came from Prateek Babbar? Yes u all r right in ur guess. He also enjoyed the same status n no better than his father. No knowledge to him also about the stamp or the function.
Husband and Son (who themselves happened to be associated with films n Cinema) of that Film Personality who is being honoured by India Post(What a Great Honour by Great Institution called INDIA POST) that too when Husband of that Personality happens to be a Political Personality of the Political Party supporting the Ruling Party are being given such a treatment.
Dont think that the matter ends here. My friend again telephoned to another close relatives of B R Chopra( Raj Chopra Brother of B R Chopra) who was in Delhi only on that fateful day when Stamp Release Function was being held in Delhi informed my friend that he is not even aware about the same. He further informed that even Late B R Chopras immediate family (His son’s n wife) were also not aware about these Honours being conferred on Late B R Chopra.
WONDERFUL! GRAET INDIA POST REALLY GREAT. We all Humble Philatelists SALUTE the officials at the helm of the affairs n decided to organize the function/ decided to release set of 50 stamps to honour the 50 PERSONALITIES IN A HALFHAZZERED MANNER having all personalities mixed up in an irrational manner n Boucher as I understand not having mention of even a single name out of those 50 PERSONALITIES HAVING PERSONA WORTH FEATURING ON A COMMAMORATIVE STAMP which is considered to be a PAPER AMBASSODAR of the SO CALLED CULTURE(AGRICULTURE) of THE NATION
Why so much debate n controversy that so n so film personality has been ignored, so n so film personality could not make it to the list of those 50s or not given recognition or could not find place in lucky 50. Why so much fuss on this TRIVIAL issue?
To make the matters clear let me share the name of my Philatelic friend is Sh. Latit Nahata n name of his father on whom India Post had released a commemorative stamp is Late Harak Chand Nahata.
CONGRATS GREAT INDIA POST