Recently,an unique cover was released at the Kolkata GPO by Ms J Charukeshi, PMG, Kolkata Region in a special program organised by Philatelic Bureau , Kolkata GPO. Prof Somnath Bhattacharya of JU and Mr Alok K Goyal of A G Impex who proposed this cover , were also present during this release.
The cover has been designed and conceptualised by senior philatelist Mr Alok K Goyal who had also designed similar unique featured special covers in past like Shiny Silk Cover on Saint Teresa, High Embossed UV Cover on Ravindranath Tagore and 8 covers with variety of features on Gandhiji on his 33 years of life of fighting for freedom (1914-1947)
This cover has been released to commemorate 125 years of Swamiji’s presence at Chicago Parliament of World’s Religions during 11-27 September 1893. On this vary day, Swamiji had delivered his concluding speech requesting world religions to stay united and work together.
The front of the cover has got a line drawing of Swamiji’s younger days with Dakhineswar temple in the backdrop which has been used on the special cancellation also. On the back side excerpts from speeches of Swamiji’s are being included in Hindi and English. The cover is affixed by a Rs. 5 coin of Government of India, issued in 2011., which can be send from both side on the cover.
Continuing with the life of Gandhi ji , next two covers on 100 years of Champaran Movement and 100 years of Gandhi’s 1st meeting with Nehruji, will be released on 2nd October 2017, on Gandhi Jayanti.
Both of them will be with special printing technology one one of them would be with night glow effect where the picture of Gandhiji in Champaran will be visible in dark.
The covers will be released by CPMG, West Bengal Circle and other dignitaries from postal department along with a special exhibition of stamps on Gandhiji at Rotunda, Kolkata GPO.