No Indira, Rajiv stamps: Gandhi family can’t get all honour, says Government

“We have been most liberal and understanding in giving due recognition to people of different ideology and approaches. All of them have contributed in a very significant way to make modern India,” Prasad said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2015 4:26 am
India postal stamps, Indian postal stamps, Indira Gandhi stamps, BJP postal stamps, Ravi Shankar Prasad stamps “We need to ponder why so many commemorative stamps have been issued in memory of members of one family,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad. (Source: PIB)

Stressing that only one family cannot get the right to feature on stamps over and over again, the Centre on Wednesday hit back at the Congress and said it was being “more inclusive” by having stamps featuring several other leading lights of the country.

The Congress had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his government’s decision to discontinue two postage stamps featuring Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, calling it “the hatred of the Prime Minister” and said the government was “seeking personal vendetta”.



An RTI query by The Indian Express had revealed that two stamps featuring Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, launched in 2008, have been discontinued.

“In the definitive stamp series, the focus was on one family, though other names were there. Mahatma Gandhi was there, Maulana Azad was there. Dr Ambedkar was there,” said Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“Yeh adhikar sirf ek parivar ka nahin hona chahiye (This right should not be available to just one family),” the minister added.

Prasad said all those who have contributed in the making of India, irrespective of ideology, should be honoured, and postage stamp is a symbol of that honour. Prasad said that the Philatelic Advisory Committee was mulling to replace Indira’s picture with Yoga on inland letter, but a final decision was yet to be taken.

Underlining the difference between “commemorative” stamps — issued once in a while to commemorate a personality — and “definitive” stamps that are issued for regular, daily use, Prasad said definitive stamps on Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Shivaji, Maulana Azad, Bhagat Singh, J P Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Vivekananda and Maharana Pratap had never been issued all these years and will now be issued.

“The Congress has been in power for many years, but Maulana Azad has not figured in a definitive stamp till date. I would like to ask the Congress if Maulana Azad did not deserve to be included in definitive stamp. Sardar Patel figured once in 2001 than disappeared,” he said.

Meanwhile, calling it a “much larger issue”, the Congress said, “This is politics of vendetta… It reflects the mindset of the government. A mindset of pettiness, a mindset of absolutely childish insecurity. Institutional memory of India does not get erased and effaced by such childish acts.”

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Sep 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm
    60 long years congi ruled as if india is their Jagir. Let us stop this baised approach and start a new chapter. India is such a great nation that several great leaders must be respected not just one family. Moreover Rajiv was not a great leader, just being PM is no big achievement. He was also corrupt and morally inept when it comes to dealing with nation"s interest. He let Anderson fly away for helping his personal friend. Shameless
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      Ram Yadav
      Sep 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm
      You are 101% right sir these ITALIAN MAFIA they think INDIA is there property they can do what ever they want .now time has come to book these FAMILY OF LOOTERS Scams they made in fact how SHAME LESS these CORRUPT CONGRESS GOONS people of INDIA already taught lesson to them still they are dreaming and FRUSTRATED without POWER SHAME SHAME FAKE I shame on you we will teach lesson in coming elections BIHAR Well done TEAM MODI good job keep it up Proud to be TEAM BJP supporter
      1. I
        Sep 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm
        This is a correct move by government.
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          swagata joneja
          Sep 17, 2015 at 9:42 am
          hi pariwarwale to Bjp me vi h.maneka hi aur varun hi k dia hua to tum vi khate ho.hi pariwarwad to Bjp me vi chalta.
          1. UN Han
            Sep 16, 2015 at 11:05 pm
            Let us not forget Subhas Chandra Boos who was prevented from coming to India after independence for political reasons. He sacrificed his life for India's freedom struggle.
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