A commemorative postage stamp on Hare Krishna Mahatab, Builder of Modern Orissa & 1st Chief Minister of Odisha (1946-50) [part of series ‘Personalities : Socio-Political (Birth Centenaries)] :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 17, 2000
Issued for : The Department of Posts issues this set of three commemorative postage stamps to pay homage to outstanding contributions in the socio-political arena by some great leaders : Shri Balwantrai Mehta, Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab and Arun Kumar Chanda whose birth centenary celebrations are being observed.
Stamp design : Based on materials furnished by sponsors.
FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Four Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.90 Cms.
Printing size : 2.55 x 3.60 Cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Harekrushna Mahatab
Born on Nov 21, 1899 at Agarpada, Bhadrak district, Orissa, India
Died on Jan 2, 1987 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
- Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab (1899-1987), former Chief Minister of Orissa, took active part in the struggle for freedom and courted imprisonment on a number of occasions including the Quit India Movement when he was detained in Ahmednagar Fort along with Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, J.B. Kripalani and others. Sardar Patel commended him thus, “Harekrushna Mahtab, a true patriot in that, he loves Orissa, but loves India more. A practical statesman and a born leader of men, Mahtab has carved out for himself a name which will live in Orissa’s history. More than ten years ago he conceived a future for Orissa which he had the good fortune to realise in his own lifetime. It has also been his proud privilege not only to make that future, but also to lay the foundation of a brighter future still. Coming from him this history acquires, therefore, a special significance. He was the living spirit in that drama, his was the enthusiasm which triumphed over difficulties and his was the persistence which at last succeeded.” As a member of the Congress Working committee, he convinced the Cabinet Mission for total amalgamation of the Princely States with the Indian Union and carried it through after independence, being a pillar of strength for Sardar Patel. His journalistic and writing skills were also well-known, having been associated with publications like Prajatantra, Jhankar and the Eastern Times and having 23 books in English and Oriya to his credit.
- Text : Based on Dictionary of National Biography edited by S.P. Sen and materials furnished by sponsors.