Rajguru, a Hero Forgotten on Martyrs\’ Day

By Anurag Bende

\"rajguruPune: While the entire country will be remembering national heroes Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for their martyrdom on March 23, the postal department seems to have forgotten the sacrifice of Shivram Hari Rajguru, on whom a postal stamp was released in New Delhi last year. The last postal stamp of Rajguru was sold by the Government Post Office (GPO) in Pune on October 25, 2013 and since then they are out of stock of the stamp. While descendants of Rajguru feel that Indian postal department should have come up with more postal stamps on him, the department has not given any such requisition for more quota of stamps on Rajguru. President Pranab Mukherjee had released a commemorative postal stamp on Rajguru at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 22, 2013. After its release, the Pune post office sold 7,000 stamps in seven months till they went out of stock.

Pune GPO officials said, \”The sale of stamps on Rajguru had started from the day it was released. In Pune, we sold 7,000 postal stamps and earned a revenue of Rs 35,000. The last postal stamp on Rajguru was sold on October 25, 2013. At present we do not have his stamps.\” Rajguru\’s family feels that the postal department should bring out more stamps. The martyr\’s great grandson Satyashil Rajguru said, \”When it was released, I had bought 500 tickets for myself. There was very good response from people regarding the stamp. I feel the postal department should come up with more stamps on Rajguru as they help in motivating citizens.\” Not just common people, even the Rajguru family is finding it difficult to get his stamps. \”Even after its release, the stamp was not available in Pune. I had to write a letter to the post officials to make it available in Pune. I have kept some stamps with me but apart from that our family members also do not get these stamps,\” Satyashil told dna.
(Source-DNA)

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3 Responses to Rajguru, a Hero Forgotten on Martyrs\’ Day

  1. Joy Daschaudhuri says:

    The proposal for the stamp on Rajguru was first put forward in 1954, but Jagjivan Ram, then the Union Minister, Ministry of Communications, Government of India outrightly rejected the proposal as the Congressman minister regarded the Indian freedom fighter revolutionaries as terrorist-extremists who were opposed to Gandhi’s doctrine of non-violence.
    Another demand for the Rajguru stamp was submitted in 2006 by Shivvaji Adhal Patil, Shiv Sena MP from Shirur for which he had to continuously follow up for 7 long years to get the stamp released.
    At least among the trio, Bhaganwala Singh Sandhu (1907-1931) and Shivram Hari Rajguru (1908-1931) got stamps but Sukhdev Ramlal Thapar (1907-1931) has not been that fortunate enough.
    God help India, where Sachin Tendulkar gets 2 unscheduled stamps and a MS but Thapar is not considered qualified enough for a commemorative postage stamp by India Post.

    • SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

      Thanks for the info. Great.

      Food for thought, If resistance provided by the sons
      of Indian soil is terrorism than what is patriotism?

  2. prakash bubkiya says:

    I AGREE WITH JOY’S VIEW ,& INFORM THERE IS IN PUNE NON AVAILABILITY OF SO MANY STAMPS INCLUDING RAJGURU ,
    THERE IS NO INVENTORY IN PHILATELY DEPTT ,NO WORD IS
    EVER USE FOR NEW STAMPS / M S ,
    THERE IS ADJOURN P M G OFFICE BUT NO RESPONCE FROM ANY CORNER OF POSTAL AUTHORITY ,

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