A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of ‘Bihar Vibhuti‘ Anugraha Narayan Sinha, 1st Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar (1946-57) :
Issued by India
Issued on Jun 18, 1988
Description of Designs : The 60 P stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road. The First day cover design has been prepared by Shri Sankha Samanta and the cancellation by Smt. Nenu Gupta.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
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 Gummed stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Anugrah Narayan Sinha
Born on Jun 18, 1887 at Aurangabad, Bihar, India
Died on Jul 5, 1957 at Patna, Bihar, India
- Dr. Anugrah Narain Singh was born on 18th June, 1887 in Poiyavan village of the erstwhile Gaya district (today known as Aurangabad) of Bihar. His father was Vishweshwar Dayal Singh.
- A brilliant student right from the beginning of his academic career, Dr. Anugrah Narain Singh obtained his initial education in the village school. From Junior school till graduation he headed the lists at every examination obtaining an M.A. (History) in 1914 from Calcutta University, he was appointed Professor of History at Bhagalpur University where he remained, known as an ideal teacher, till 1916. Then he began successfully practising law at Patna High Court. But in 1917 heeding the call of Mahatma Gandhi to the nation he left the flourishing practice to join the Champaran Satyagraha movement. In 1930 he took an active part in the Salt Satyagraha. His patriotism earned him 15 months of imprisonment in 1933-34. He returned from jail to continue serving the nation.
- He was now well known to the people who elected him member of the Central Council (1935) and of Bihar Legislative Assembly (1936). He was among the first freedom fighters to respond to Gandhiji‘s call for Satyagrah in 1940-41. But he was arrested by the British authorities and imprisoned in the Hazaribagh Central Jail in 1942. In 1944 he was released and devoted himself to serving the epidemic ridden people.
- After independence he dedicated himself to the all round development of Bihar as a minister and as the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. He served India‘s international interests. He successfully led the Indian Food and Agriculture delegation to Nepal and also the Indian delegation of I.L.O. in Canada and Switzerland. He also actively led a large number of Government and voluntary organisations in India and abroad.
- On 5th July, 1957, Dr. Anugrah Narain Singh passed away leaving behind him a legend of patriotism and sacrifice.