A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Nath Bapu Pai, a leader of Praja Socialist Party :
Issued by India
Issued on Sep 25, 1996
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Printer : India Security Press
Name : Nath Bapu Pai
Born on Sep 25, 1922 at Vengurla, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India
Died on Jan 18, 1971 at New Delhi, India
- Barrister Nath Pai was born on 25th September 1922 in Konkan Region of Maharashtra. He was a great freedom fighter, a dedicated socialist and a vigilant parliamentarian. He was elected to the second, third and fourth Lok Sabha from Rajapur Parliamentary Constituency, Maharashtra. He went underground during the ‘Quit India‘ movement in 1942. He was eventually arrested and sent to jail. He was elected as the President of the International Union of Socialist Youth and campaigned in India and abroad to build people’s solidarity. He actively participated in liberation movement against Portuguese rule in Goa, Diu and Daman.
- For the development of the backward Konkan region he worked relentlessly during his life. It was his idea, his dream to construct a railway line passing through Konkan region connecting Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka providing a direct link to Kerala and Tamilnadu.
- The Konkan Railway today is no longer a dream but it is a reality. Though he did not live long enough to see his dream come true, Konkan Railway will remain a shining monument to late Shri Nath Pai.
- He was a heart patient in the later stage of his life. But the pain in his heart did not deter him from active part in Parliament and in his struggle against injustice. He died prematurely at the age of 49 on January, 18, 1871.