Sunday, October 24, 2010

#460 India...Thanks Rajendra!

The 5 INR stamp from the left was issued in 2010 honoring G.V.Chalam,who was an Indian activist and agricultural scientist.

G.V.Chalam was born to a middle class family in 1909.In November 1960, Chalam joined the Union Ministry of Food and Agriculture as the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner. In this capacity, he organized several seed production and training programmes in the country in collaboration with the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations.

As long as rice is the staple diet in India, Dr Chalam will be fondly and thankfully remembered as a hero who waged relentless battle for “Freedom from Hunger” for the poor of the country.

The next 5 INR stamp was issued in 2010 honoring Kumaragurupara Swamigal,who was a Tamil poet in the 17th century.

The 5 INR stamp on the right was issued in 2010 honoring Deshbandhu Gupta,who was a freedom fighter and supporter of Gandhiji in Non-cooperation movement. He was also a journalist and writer who wrote articles for the Bande Mataram newspaper of Lala Lajpat Rai. Later he the founder of the newspaper "Tej", he also owned the News Chronicle ( now known as Indian Express) along with Ram Nath Goenka.

The fourth 5 INR stamp was issued in 2010 honoring Robert Cladwell (1814–1891),who was a Colonial Era Evangelist Missionary who used native languages as a tool to proselytize the Colonised in Southern India.

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