A commemorative postage stamp on Vijayaraje Scindia, Rajmata of Gwalior (1970-98) :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 20, 2001
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a postage stamp in honour of this great leader who dedicated herself totally to social service and patriotic causes.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : First Day Cover
Colour : Six Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 Cms.
Printing size : 2.50 x 3.55 Cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 mm with elliptical hole on each 39.1 mm sides
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Lekha Divyeshwari Devi
Born on Oct 12, 1919 at Sagar, Central Provinces and Berar, British India [now Madhya Pradesh, India]
Died on Jan 25, 2001 at New Delhi, India
- Combining in her personality the intrepid courage of Rani Laxmibai and the sacrifice and religiosity of Rajamata Ahilyabai, Rajamata Vijaya Raje Scindia (1919-2001) left an indelible mark in the socio-political life of the country.
- Born in an aristocratic family, her early education was at Sagar. She went on to complete higher education from the Dr. Annie Besant Theosophical College, Benares and the Isabel Thorborne College, Lucknow and later, received an Honorary Doctorate from the Vikram University, Ujjain. She was married to Maharaja Jivajirao Scindia, the Scion of the royal family of Gwalior in 1941.
- Rajamata’s advent into politics began in 1957, when she won the elections to the Lok Sabha on a Congress ticket. She went on to win several elections to the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, as well as State Assembly, and was one of the most respected political leaders of the country. For her, politics was just a means to serve the society. She faced the personal tragedy of the loss of her husband in 1961 with rare dignity and poise. The remaining part of her life was spent in working for various social and political causes close to her heart.
- In 1967, she resigned from the Congress on matters of principle and ideology, and joined the Jan Sangh. All through her political career, she kept a distance from positions of power, even on occasions when she was the popular choice for posts like the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and President of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
- Despite being actively involved in politics, Rajamata Vijaya Raje Scindia remained equally committed to the spread of education and helping the poor and downtrodden. She was closely associated with the formation and development of many reputed educational institutions. She also worked for the upliftment of women and initiated many projects for the benefit of the weaker sections in and around Gwalior.
- Text : Based on material received from the sponsors.