A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Bhishnuram Medhi, 2nd Chief Minister of Assam (1950-57) :
Issued by India
Issued on Apr 24, 198
Description of Designs : The stamp has been designed by India Security Press Nashik Road based on a Photograph, the First Day Cover by Sankha Samanta and cancellation by Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Bishnuram Medhi
Born on Apr 24, 1888 at Hajo, near Guwahati, Kamrup district, Assam, India
Died on Jan 21, 1981
- Bishnu Ram Medhi was born on 24th April, 1888 in humble peasant’s family at Hajo, a place of historic and religious importance. His father was Sonaram and mother Alehi.
- Medhi showed academic excellence from his childhood. He passed the Entrance examination from the Cotton Collegiate High School, Gauhati in 1905 and in 1909 graduated from the Presidency College, Calcutta in the Science stream. He obtained a degree of M.Sc. from Dacca University in Organic Chemistry in 1911 and carried out research in that University for one year. He then passed the B.L. examination in 1914 and joined the Bar at Gauhati the same year.
- He joined the non co-operation movement in 1921. In 1930 he became the President of the Congress in Assam and continued in the office till 1938. He was the Joint Secretary of the Reception Committee for the All India Congress Committee Session at Pandu in Assam in 1926. He was the Chairman of first Congress of the Gauhati Local Board in 1938. In 1946, he became a minister in the Gopinath Bordoloi Cabinet in Assam and held the Finance and revenue portfolios. In 1950, he became the Chief Minister of Assam and continued till 1958. He was appointed Governor of Madras from 1958 to 1964. In 1964, he came back to Assam and was returned to the State Assembly unopposed from 1967 to 1972. After a protracted illness he passed away on 21st January 1981. He died issueless and donated all he possessed for public purposes.
- Text, courtesy Shri Bhubaneswar Kalita, Member of Parliament.
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