A commemorative postage stamp on ‘Fakhr-e-Afghan’ Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan or Badshah Khan), an Indian independence activist from North-West Frontier Province (NWFP, now in Pakistan) :
Issued on Aug 9, 1993
Issued for : The Department of Posts pays its tribute to Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan by issuing a postage stamp on this great soldier of Indian freedom.
Design Credits :
Stamp : India Security Press, Nashik. The facsimile of the signature obtained through the courtesy of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi.
FDC and Cancellation : Mrs. Alka Sharma, Department of Posts
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un W/M gravure coated gummed stamp paper in sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Number of stamps Printed : 0.6 million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
Name : Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān (Badshah Khan)
Born on Feb 6, 1890 at Utmanzai, Hashtnagar, Frontier Tribal Areas of Punjab Province, British India [now in Charsadda District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan]
Died on Jan 20, 1988 at Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
- Abdul Ghaffar Khan founded an organisation known as the ‘Khudai Khidmatgars‘ (Servants of God) for carrying on his mission. Its aim in the beginning was social reform but later on it expanded its activities. At Sardaryab, a national centre for the Khudai Khidmatgars was established. The organisation became very popular among the masses.
- He led his people towards freedom and nationalism and for his qualities of leadership was known as ‘Badshah Khan‘. He was also popularly known as ‘Frontier Gandhi‘ due to his close association with Mahatma Gandhi and because of his abiding faith in non-violent resistance. In 1987, a year before his death, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was bestowed the highest honour ‘Bharat Ratna‘ by the Government of India.
- Text Source : Based on Dictionary of National Biography.