The Year Book of Indian Philately : 2012

  The Year Book of Indian Philately : 2012

   You must have seen some of the earlier editions of the Year Book. The Year Book has deservingly carved a niche’ for it on the contemporary Indian Philatelic Literature scene. Earlier editions of the Year Book were highly acclaimed all over and have won a number of National & International Awards for their contents, coverage and presentation. In 2012 alone, it has won a Silver Medal at the IPhLA 2012 at Mainz, Germany; the largest, most comprehensive and only international exhibition in the world focused exclusively on Philatelic Literature and a Silver Bronze at SHARJAH 2012, FIP & FIAP endorsed, 28th Asian International Philatelic Exhibition.


          A number of sincere and knowledgeable philatelists author articles on a spectrum of subjects with universal appeal for the Year Book, spearheaded by Sh. Ashok Bayanwala, a noted Philatelic Historian of  Modern India. A number of other fine philatelic authors like Ilyas Patel, Naresh Agarwal, Dr Satyendra Kr Agarwal, Sudhir Jain, Prashant Pandya and the likes, offer gems from their immense knowledge to make a Year Book edition as it is. A team of budding neo-writers also follow them, which include the names of Deepak Modi, Sreejesh Krishnan and a number of others, including the able Editorial Team. The collective efforts of all these names have made the Year Book a literature masterpiece to preserve. It has become a collectible on Indian Philately with lasting significance.


          2012 edition of the Year Book includes important philatelic texts / articles on some important subjects in Indian Philately, like


 – World famous Modern Indian Postal Historian Sh Ashok Bayanwala has authored an article on Indian “ P Stamps ”, known as “My Stamp”s in India, a very contemporary subject about very interesting & colourful philatelic collectibles, encompassing the history of “My Stamp”s from the very first issue in 2001 to the date. A must read.


– The 2012 edition contains an exclusively commissioned article on “Indian Service Stamps”, a sinfully ignored aspect of Indian Philately until now. The article highlights some unlisted & unknown-till-now denominations of Post Independence Indian Service Stamps. Service stamps were discontinued in 2001; but the article reveals that these are still being printed & distributed by the department with un-deniable proofs and pictures of the specimen. A revealing article.


– Well known versatile philatelic writer  Naresh Agarwal has penned an illustrative text for the edition, focused on “Indian Bazaar Cards” , a very interesting and reflective component of the Indian Postal Stationery of Pre-independence era. The article throws all-round light on these cards, which are an integral part of the Indian Postal History and of the Social History as well.


– Dr Satyendra Kumar Agarwal, a very much recognized philatelic author of high repute, has added the flavor of the Thematic Philately to the Year Book’s this edition with his well researched well illustrated article on“Miniature Paintings of India”. A delight to go through.


– Master of his subject, Sh Ilyas Ahemad Patel has also added to the readability of the edition with his focused article on his specialized subject “ Indian Bridges in Philately”; another well researched interesting thematic article.


– “Virtual Philately” , the latest incarnation of philately, specially to attract the ‘Generation – IT’ to its fold, is the subject of the write-up authored by Sudhir Jain for this edition of the Year Book. This tells, how to become a philatelist without spending even a paisa.


– The Preface of the 2012 edition of the Year Book has a write up highlighting the “Importance of the Local Philatelic Organisations”, the foundation stones of  the organized philately, in totality and modern contexts.       


– Some more useful texts, assembled by the Editorial Team of the Year Book for this edition include, India’s New Meter Marks : RMFM Marks; e-Philately : list of useful philatelic web-sites; Philatelic Code of Ethics, & Global Philately : Significant World Philatelic Organisations to make the Year Book a very useful reference publication.


– From a recording perspective, the Year Book 2012 records details of the happenings of 2012 in Indian Philately which include,  Indian Awardees at

International Shows, Issue Programme for 2013, Indian Issues of 2012 ( including miscellaneous issues), Postal History 2012, Events & Society News 2012 & Philatelic Tidbits from all over the world.


– Like the earlier editions, all the commemorative issues of the edition-year are explained with extensive thematic & technical details including illustrations, with a view to explore the contexts of the issues for the collections of the philatelists. For more detailed coverage, the illustrations of the stamps have been replaced by that of the complete FDCs of the issues, to make them more useful and illustrative for the collectors.


– Details of the current Indian Postal rates including for the Premium Services of India Post like  Speed Post (including International Speed Post ), Greetings Post, Media Post,  Bill Mail Service, Direct Post & so on.


– A three part bibliography for the editions of the Year Book is also integrated in the edition for the readers’ ready reference. Three parts of the bibliography are focused on The Individual Articles, The Subject wise Classification & The Authors.


           In every sense of the word, the 2012 edition of the “Year Book of Indian Philately” has become a “must” for every philatelist interested in any aspect of Indian Philately. The knowledgeable philatelists have seen it and have approved it to be so.


           With a view to make it easily accessible for all, the price of the 300 page strong 2012 edition is kept as low as Rs 300/- per copy, equal to just the Xerox cost of a same-sized publication.  For the bulk orders from the groups and societies, the price can further be negotiated. Registration & Postage will be borne by us for the philatelists through-out India . Literature dealers are requested to communicate separately for their requirements and terms & conditions for them.


           Believe us, you are missing a great chance to enjoy contemporary Indian philately if you do not have this edition of the Year Book with you. Just send an M.O. ( only M.O.s are accepted ) for Rs 300/- at the following address and you will receive your copy of the 2012 Year Book by registered post. It is a steal at this price.


           Remit your amount to  :  Madan Middha, Saket Vihar, Phalka Bazar, GWALIOR 474 001.


Telegram :- Interesting Story

  1. Why did India continue using telegrams for so long compared with other countries?

Telegram service in India is under State owned communication company BSNL. India is a vastly populous country with people coming from vaious walks of life rich to poor. Telegram service was till present day assumed to be utilized by poor people with lack of any means of fast communication. With advent of mobile phones and its deep penetration due to its cheap rates, mobile phones and internet have now replaced Telegram as fastest means of communication. India is a country of price sensitive people and hence to phase out a technology it needs to be replaced by a cheaper technology.

2. In recent years, who was using telegrams? Was it largely the older generation?

In recent years out of the 5000 telegrams sent daily 95% were used by government departments and rest 5% by people from rural india. Age factor here is not important.

3. What have been some of India’s most famous/important telegrams in Indian history?

1.       Quite a few one of the most notable telegram of India after independence. Telegram is assassination  of “Mahatma Gandhi” assignation, copy of which attach here. [Pict 1 : in attachment]

2.        The most famous uses would be during the 1857 war of independence when british used the service to defeat Indian rebels by bringing extra forces from burma communicating faster. In October 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru sent a telegram to the then British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee, surmising India’s views on Kashmir – in 163 words. Finally use of Rs.10 Gandhi memorial stamps over telegram as part of fees addressed to Pakistan in 1948. [ Pic 2 attached below]. 

4. What do you think India’s connection with telegrams says about the country? Would you say “nostalgia” is a major theme in Indian society/culture? 

The use of telegrams was never the most popular mode of communication given its high cost, people preferred using post cards or letters. Only during news like belonging to death or illness or certain urgency related to trade or commerce,  were telegram used for communication. I would not say that nostalgia held the delay in shutting the telegraph facility. It was more due to lack of cheaper mode of fast communication and huge losses mounted by BSNL in tune of $ 4billions.

5. Do you have any idea about what the final telegram will say?

The last telegram to be sent in India on July 15 will use similar technology as the first, which was successfully transmitted over the 13 and a half miles between Calcutta and Diamond Harbour – on the banks of the Hooghly river – in 1850. I do not know what i would say.

See The article also

Contributed By:-


Member : Philatelic Advisory Committees, Govt. of India

Chairman communication :  Bihar Chamber of Commerce.


Year Book of Indian Philately 2011 – A Review

Year Book of Indian Philately 2011 – Review

Sh Madan Middha of Gwalior has recently published a book “Year Book of Philately 2011 “. It is a reasonably priced publication @ Rs 250 per copy and contains  News , Data and Information on Stamps issued in 2011 , Postal Stationery 2011 , MS of 2011 , News & Coverage about International Exhibitions. Articles by Philatelists on various  subjects like Pigeon Post, Ungummed Definitives of India, etc . A book useful  for ready references.

The Book has articles on activities of West Delhi Philatelic Club . It has 26 Chapters on various subjects concerning Philately. It is an appreciative effort of Mr Middha which has won various awards at various International Exhibitions.

Those desirous of obtaining the book  can contact Mr Madan Middha, Saket Vihar, Phalka Bazar, Gwalior-474001

News- Year Book of Philately 2010 – Review

News- Year Book of Philately 2010 – Review

Sh Madan Middha of Gwalior has recently published a book “Year Book of Philately 2010 “. It is a reasonably priced publication @ Rs 200 per copy and has extensive articles , News , Data and Information on Stamps issued in 2010 , Postal Stationery 2010 , MS of 2010 , News & Coverage about International Exhibitions. A book worth keeping in your collection for ready reference.

The next edition of the year book will be for 2011. Mr Middha request the Editors / Publishers of the various philatelic publications in India or about India, to please send their 2011 volumes for the inclusion of the printed materials there-in in the Bibliography section of the year book. Their publications may be sent back to them after the job ; if required so.

Other information / news / listings / activity details are also solicited ,
Some good / serious essays / articles on Indian Philately are also needed .

Those desirous can contact Mr Madan Middha, Saket Vihar, Phalka Bazar, Gwalior-474001

NEWS – Article on Philately- PUBLICITY IN MEDIA

NEWS – Article on Philately- PUBLICITY IN MEDIA

It has been our continuous endeavour to promote Philately and make it possible for more and more people from all walks of Life, Young and Old , Men and Women to take up this wonderful hobby.

Time out magazine of Delhi has carried information West Delhi Philatelic Club and on Philately in in its issue dated Sept 17-30 2010. This magazine has a circulation of  30,000 in Delhi.

News – International Collectors' Society of Rare Items

News -International Collectors’ Society  of Rare Items

A Article in INDIAN EXPRESS Newspaper was Published on International  Collectors’ Society of Rare Items  (ICSRI) . It was Founded in 1995 with Seven Members and now has 150 Life Members . Thirty of their members have found a mention in Limca Book of Records . The Secretary of the Society Mr Pratisad Neurgaonkar is a Collector of Postal Stationery of India printed since 1856 and has even written an excellent Book on Postal Stationery of British India 1856-1947.

Contributed By Mr Pratisad Neurgaonkar – Pune

News- Year Book of Philately 2009 – Review

News- Year Book of Philately 2009 – Review

Sh Madan Middha of Gwalior has recently published a book “Year Book of Philately 2009 “. It is a reasonably priced publication @ Rs 150 per copy and has extensive articles , News , Data and Information on Stamps issued in 2009 , Postal Stationery 2009 , MS of 2009 , News & Coverage about International Exhibitions. A book worth keeping in your collection for ready reference.

Those desirous can contact Mr Madan Middha

2010 Stamp Programme India- Point of View

2010 Stamp Programme India – Point Of View

Hockey is National Game of India . Most of Indians  Complain that Hockey does not get its due and always plays second Fiddle to Cricket – even Tennis and Golf get more attention than Hockey . But when opportunity comes our way to promote and popularise this game we falter.

2010 World Cup Hockey is being hosted by India at Delhi from 28th Feb 2010. India defeated Pakistan in a thrilling encounter on 28th Feb 2010 and all of us enjoyed a wonderful game and praised our team.

I wish INDIA POST had issued  one or two stamps to mark or commemorate this event . It is a World Level Tournament where we have to tell the World lot of things

Firstly – India is a Great Country capable of Hosting a World Class event

Secondly – India is still GOOD at Hockey and we love this game as a Nation

Thirdly – We can also host Commonwealth Games inspite of all adverse Publicity.

I think a Golden chance has been missed by INDIA POST to issue a stamp on an International Event about which we are  aware of  since the last 3 Years. It could have been easily included in 2010 Issue Programme.

Contributed by Joseph ,Karnataka

West Delhi Philatelic Club – Monthly Meeting Dec 2009

West Delhi Philatelic Club – Monthly Meeting Dec 2009

The next meeting of West Delhi Philatelic Club is scheduled to be held on 06 Dec 2009 at the same venue. All are our well wishers must be aware of our endeavour to move forward and do some constructive and Positive work for the development of Philately. Another article on Internet Philately has been published in the Prestigious newspaper The Hindustan Times. We are sure that all our readers and well wishers have been able to read this article . We are overwhelmed by the number of calls and messages received by the Office Bearers.

Here Is The Link For The Full Coverage:

News – Article on Philately – Dainik Jagran

An article on Philately in Delhi Edition of  leading Hindi Newspaper Dainik Jagran has been published in its Edition dated 28 Nov 2009.  Members of West Delhi Philatelic Club  will appreciate the efforts being put in to Popularise the hobby among the People of all age groups and all walks of life.

A link is given below for the benefit of our readers.

जुनून से बना डाक टिकटों का अनमोल संग्रह
रणविजय सिंह, पश्चिमी दिल्ली हीरे की पहचान जौहरी ही कर सकता है यह कहावत यू हीं नहीं कही जाती। जिस डाक टिकट का इस्तेमाल करने के बाद कागज का टुकड़ा समझकर लोग फेंक देते हैं। देश के इतिहास, संस्कृति की झलक प्रस्तुत करने वाले डाक टिकटों को सहेजना लोग उचित नहीं समझते। हकीकत में यह सस्ता होकर भी अनमोल है। यह बात डाक टिकटों का संग्रह करने का शौक रखने वाले राजौरी गार्डन के चार डाक टिकट संग्रहकर्ताओं से बेहतर कोई नहीं बता सकता। उन्होंने सदी पुराने, स्वतंत्रता के दिनों व दशकों पुराने डाक टिकटों का संग्रह किया है। पुराने दिनों में आने व रुपयों में बिकने वाले डाक टिकटों की कीमत हजारों व लाखों में हो चुकी है। डाक टिकटों पर प्रकाशित पुस्तक स्टेनले गिवन भी इस बात की तस्दीक करती है। दरअसल राजौरी गार्डनवासी विनोद सब्बरवाल, एएस बंगा व अन्य दो दोस्तों ने वर्षो पहले डाक टिकट शौकिया तौर पर संग्रह करना शुरू किया। बाद में ये डाक टिकट संग्रहकत्र्ता बन गए। उन्होंने बाकायदा पश्चिमी दिल्ली फिलाटेलिक क्लब बना लिया है। उन्होंने देश की स्वतंत्रता से पहले, स्वतंत्रता के बाद की डाक टिकट संजोकर रखे हैं, जो भारतीय इतिहास के अतीत के पन्नों को झकझोर कर रख देते हैं। जिसे देखकर सहज ही अंदाजा लगाया जा सकता है कि तब देश में रहन-सहन कैसी थी, यातायात के साधन क्या थे? देश की आजादी के बाद भारत सरकार ने 30 जनवरी, 1948 को राष्ट्रपिता महात्मा गांधी पर चार डाक टिकटों का एक सेट जारी किया था। उस वक्त ये टिकट क्रमश: डेढ़ आना, साढ़े तीन आना, 12 आना व दस रुपये में मिलता था। बकौल एस बंगा यह देश का पहला व एक मात्र डाक टिकट है, जो विदेश में छपा। इसे स्विटजरलैंड में छपवाया गया था। उन्होंने बताया कि आज 10 से 12 रुपये में टिकट को खरीदने को अनेक लोग तैयार हैं। बावजूद इसके बापू का यह डाक टिकट नहीं मिल रहा है। यही नहीं, देश स्वतंत्र होने के बाद जारी पहले डाक टिकट जयहिंद, अशोक स्तंभ, तिरंगा झंडा व उड़ान भरते विमान पर स्टांप जारी हुआ था। इस टिकट का भी संग्रह है, जो देश की आजादी की आज भी याद दिलाते हैं। वहीं, डाक टिकट संग्रहकर्ताओं को रोजी रोटी भी दे रहे हैं। पश्चिमी दिल्ली डाक टिकट संग्रह क्लब के अध्यक्ष विनोद सब्बरवाल व एएस बंगा ने बताया कि 1852 में पहला टिकट जारी हुआ था। तब आधा आना में बिकने वाला डाक टिकट की कीमत 50 हजार से लेकर नौ लाख रुपये हो चुकी है। इस अनोखे कार्य के लिए तीन मेडल जीत चुके विनोद सब्बरवाल ने कहा कि जिन डाक टिकटों की छपाई में खामियां होती हैं, उनकी कीमत और ऊंची होती है। यदि खामियां रंगों की हो तो एक टिकट की कीमत पांच लाख रुपये मिल जाता है। डाक टिकट संग्रह करने के शौकीन लोग कटे फटे व बीच से मुड़े हुए टिकट के लिए 40 हजार रुपये तक देने को तैयार रहते हैं क्योंकि इन टिकटों में देश की आत्मा बसती है।

2010 is likely to be Year of International Events like Commonwealth Games , World Cup Football, World Cup Hockey in India in Feb – Mar 2010 and Maybe an International Philatelic Exhibition in Dec 2010 or Jan -Feb 2011. Next meeting shall have lot of things to discuss namely

Plans for 2010

Identification of Thrust Areas

Set Aims for 2010 and Identify Key Result Areas.

– Participation in Philatelic Events

We invite all Philatelists to join us and help us with their valuable and constructive suggestions to make this Club  a force to reckon with in the Philatelic World and among the Philatelists Fraternity. Let’s be better than the Best. We invite all Philatelists  from NCR region and Satellite towns of Delhi to join us. It is a Great Opportunity so- do not miss it

Venue:-M-1, First Floor,

Dewan House, Ajay Enclave,

Near Ajanta Cinema, Subash Nagar Metro Station

Subash Nagar,New Delhi

Date:- 06.12.2009.

Time:- 11.30A.M to 01.30P.M.

Contact person:-

1.Mr.Vinod Sabharwal, 9312601414,President

Sh Gautam Arora has very kindly consented to provide and arrange for Tea,snacks and Lunch for the meeting . Mr VK Sabharwal has taken on the mantle of arranging the Hall .

Standardization of Philatelic Material in India-A View Point By Vinod Sabharwal

Standardization of Philatelic Material in India

India Post releases different types of Philatelic material through its Philatelic Bureaus in the country. It is estimated that there are about 40 lakhs (4.0 Million) collectors in India. This article is a result of interaction with a large number of Philatelists whom I have come across at various forums during my visits and tours all across the country. After discussing with the Philatelists from all age groups, all stratas of Society , Beginners to Advanced collectors etc it was decided to write this article to bring forth the view points of Philatelists. I am sure people at the helm of affairs on this issue shall take it as  constructive suggestions.

The article shall cover all Philatelic materials being presently marketed by India Post.

Stamps,Brochures,Postal Stationery, Presentation Packs, Booklets



    Stamp, Se tenant, First Day Cover , Miniature sheet,set of Stamps,Sheet let, Sheet, Quantity


Size ,Quantity

Stamps  :Commemorative

    The commemorative stamps are being issued in various sizes and  shapes , this has resulted in storage problems for Philatelists. It is recommended that  all commemorative stamps must be issued in 2-3 standard sizes and the designer has the liberty to design the stamp  and of any shape within this size only. It will go a long way in promoting this hobby. This standard size can be decided by Department of Posts. This is also linked to the FDC size. The number of stamps in a sheet of all types of sizes must be 30 only.

Se Tenants

    As of late we have se-tenants of different types namely standard se-tenants, se-tenants in block of four, se –tenants in horizontal and vertical strips of three/four. This has created confusion in minds of collectors specially beginners. It is recommended that a limited number say 4-5 Se-tenants must be issued per year and restricted to pair / block of Four. Se-tenants must also conform to the standard stamp size.

First day Cover

    The first cover must be of 2-3 standard sizes based on standard stamp sizes, some of covers released are too big to store or keep. If possible all FDC’s must be numbered.

Set of stamps on Themes

    The set of stamps to released on any thematic themes must be 4/6 as otherwise the FDC / Sheet size becomes too large. It is also recommended that a maximum of four sets per year only must be released.

Miniature Sheets

    A large number of miniature sheets released  can not be put on FDC’s and hence no cancelled FDC’s could be made. The miniature sheets should be of 2 sizes and conform to FDC sizes. A maximum of six miniature sheets must be issued per year to keep the interest and value in the item. All miniature sheets be serially numbered.

Sheet let

    A large number of sheet lets have been issued in various sizes which has created problems of storage, packing , use and dispatching in mails. The sheet lets should contain only 16 stamps in pure sheet let form and in case it  mixed sheet let for set of stamps where set size is 4/6 stamps per set then the mixed sheet let should contain 16/18 stamps only (Four sets of four stamp sets or three sets of six stamp sets). The mixed sheet lets should be on themes and pure sheet lets should be on National / International events and organizations.


    All personalities stamps should be in sheets and all sheets to contain 30 stamps only. It will also ease accounting problems for staff at Philatelic bureaus.

Definitive Stamps


    All definitive stamps of a particular series must be of same size. The denominations in a particular series must conform to prevalent postage rates for example as on date definitive stamps should be of   25p, 200p , 500p, 1000p and 5000p only.

Quantity per Die Plate

    The quantity per die plate must be fixed and known to the Philatelists by means of Brochure/ Circular to Philatelic Bureau.

Quantity per sheet

    There could be two types of sheets, one containing 50 stamps for Philatelists and for sale through Bureaus and second containing 100 stamps per sheet for sale through normal counters at all Post offices.

First Day Cover and Cancellation

    A philatelic event without day and date stamp/ cancellation is incomplete. No study or historical records can be kept. Hence all definitive issues should be released with FDC, First Day Cancellation and Brochures.


All Brochures released alongwith the commemorative and definitive stamps should be of same size containing all the technical details and details about design on FDC also.

Postal Stationery

Commemorative Stationery

    Apart from the normal  Postal stationery with advertisements , some Commemorative stationery must also be issued but restricted to 10 per year on various themes like art, sports, cultural heritage, wild life ,fauna & Flora, tourism etc. The print quantity of such stationery items could be 5.0 lakhs or 0.5 million for all issues.
    First Day Cancellation and cover
    All Postal stationery must be provided with First day Issue cancellation and cover.

Meghdoot Post Cards

These post cards have lost their charm as no records of issue are available /known

    And have been released in such large numbers that it is humanly impossible for any Philatelist to procure or possess all of them. Hence only a limited number  may be up to 48 per year @ scale of 4 per month should be only issued and should be broadly on social themes on which stamps are not possible .

Presentation Packs

As on date the issue of Presentation packs suffers from lack of information. No Publicity/ date of issue/ quantity issued  etc is known to Philatelists or the Public. This can be made attractive for collectors in the following manner

Issue on International Themes/ Sports/ Wild Life Conservation

Standard Contents  ( MS + Brochure + Cancelled FDC)

Standard Pricing

Only for Miniature sheet issues.


The issue of Booklets by the Regional Postal Circles is the biggest sore point. It is resulting in malpractices and unfair trade practices. Some of the smaller Postal Circles are issuing Booklets on various themes in liaison with local dealers as commercial ventures resulting in unfair pricing , hoarding , black marketing and cheating the philatelists. A small quantity is being printed and issued and that too is being issued and procured by a handful of  people and thus denying large number of Philatelists a chance to procure them. India Post must immediately issue instructions to all Postal Circles that the minimum acceptable Print quantity of any Booklet should be 20000, keeping in view the size of Country , No of Postal Circles and No of Collectors . Each of the booklets must be serially numbered to give them Philatelic value as also transparency in its distribution. The Booklets issued by all Postal Circles should be available at all Philatelic Bureaus of the Country.

Visit to Philatelic Bureau

A Visit to Philatelic Bureau is not a pleasant experience because of the uncertainty involved. A philatelist does not know – What will he get- a sheet or sheet let or MS or FDC? What will it be its size, does he have the right kind of packing material to carry this material?. In today’s World of High –Tech environment we are still groping in dark on many such issues.


These articles are written with a view to make this Hobby attractive to the Youth and prevent those collecting from getting disgruntled and disheartened. It is hoped that it shall provide a inside view to India Post  about wants, requirements and difficulties of common average  Philatelists of the country who travel  a long distance , spend lot of time , energy , money and resources to make a visit to the Philatelic Bureau and yet  return from the Bureau unable to get what they wish to collect. The aim is not to criticize any individual/ organization but a request to all like minded people to help us in Promoting and saving this hobby.

Contributed by: Vinod Sabharwal, New Delhi