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Friday, August 5, 2022

Rainbow August 2022


Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

Journey of the National Flag


Date of Issue : 2 August 2022

Dehradun August 2022  Vol. XV  Issue No. 176

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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

28 July – 8 August 2022


Dear Reader,

August is a special month for every Indian as we celebrate our Independence Day on 15th August and this year we are celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. India Post is doing different activities this month to mark this very special occasion like release of special covers, special cancellations, exhibitions and sale of National flag in post offices all over the country under Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. To mark the 146th birth anniversary of Pingali Venkayya, the designer of India's national flag,  a special commemorative postage stamp ' Journey of the National Flag' was released on  August 2. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of its people, culture and achievements. The official journey of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commenced on 12th March 2021 which started a 75-week countdown to our 75th anniversary of independence and will end post a year on 15th August 2023. As a part of this festival, India Post will organize  a National Philatelic Exhibition AMRITPEX 2023 from 11-15 February 2023.  Let’s all be a part of this national festival and celebrate it with great enthusiasm. Jai Hind !

This is all for this month. More in the next issue. Happy Collecting!  


§  Editorial                                                                                                                              

§  From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal                                          

§  Recent Indian Issues                                                             

§  In The News                                                                   


§  Book Review   


§  Thematic Watch                                                                                                 


§  Specialized Section                                                                                          


§  Beginners’ Section                                                        


§  New Issues from Other Countries                             

§  Philatelic Clubs and Society                                         

§  Blogs & Websites on Philately                                                    

§  Current Philatelic Magazines & Newsletters                


Long awaited National Philatelic Exhibition by India Post is proposed to be held in February next year. This news has come after the meeting of philatelic advisory committee held in New Delhi on 25.07.2022. The proposed name of the exhibition is AMRITPEX 2023

This of course is a matter of great joy and pleasure for Indian philatelists. They have now another good opportunity to witness huge number of exhibits under one roof and also to display their exhibits in this proposed official exhibition. Though last three official PCI supported National Philatelic Exhibitions had been held by Philatelic Society of India (PSI)  in Mumbai in the name  and style of INPEX 2013, INPEX 2017, INPEX 2019 followed by one First Virtual National Philatelic Exhibition  named Philavirtu 2020 organized by ICSRI, Pune. But this time it is India post. A matter to cheer again.

I remember the last National Level Exhibition organized by India Post was in 2008 followed by an International / World Exhibition INDEPEX 2011 in New Delhi in 2011. It is proposed that this exhibition will have 1500 frames with huge number of exhibits on display. So, let’s get ready for the show by way of participation or visit as viewer of excellent exhibits expected to be on display.

Although during and after COVID period philately emerged in a different way. Digital philately and exhibiting slowly took over but physical philately and exhibiting has its own charm, grace and importance. Various Indian societies have organized physical exhibitions also during last one year and kept serving Indian philatelists but this proposed National Level Show with active support of PCI will certainly put new life in the philatelists as this will motivate them to not only participate in but witness a good number of exhibits and meet their philatelic friends from all over India and abroad under one roof after long time .

Now looking at the theme and title of the exhibition i.e. AMRITPEX 2023, we can  expect  a few good exhibits on this theme depicting the history, culture, freedom struggle, the art and culture, heritage, the  old, new and emerging India. I mean there is lot to explore keeping this theme in mind. I would like to share with readers that my first ever display in Distt. Level Exhibition in junior class long back in early seventies was “Freedom Fighters of India” and the next one was “Our Heritage” and the next to that was “Freedom Struggle of India”. My love for my country was portrayed long back through philately when I was just a child. So, for me this year is special and the oncoming exhibition will be  a treat to watch not only for me but for every Indian philatelist and of course every Indian. I appeal all the philatelists who have in their treasure box related exhibits or can prepare such exhibits should certainly come forward and display. This will help motivating our coming generations to know more about our history, culture, heritage and more importantly the struggle for freedom through stamps and to celebrate this year of Independence. 

I understand the organizers will certainly give a careful thought to invite  good number of such exhibits and to create a separate class and a section for  these exhibits and displays.  PCI should also sponsor some special appreciation awards for the exhibits. This will not only be  grand celebration of this Amrit Mahotasav of Aazadi but will be a tribute to the freedom fighters.

Well, we all are excited to  know more about this proposed show. 

: Naresh Agrawal : email : Whatsapp : 9425530514

Recent Indian Issues

20 July 2022 : 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad Chennai 2022-Rs 5

30 July 2022 : Right to Free Legal Aid - Rs 5

2 August 2022 : Journey of the Indian Flag – MS Rs 75


New Special Covers

7 May 2022 : Border Road Organization

22 May 2022 :  International Day for Biological Diversity

29 July 2022 : International Tiger Day

2 August 2022 : Pingali Venkayya : 146th Birth Anniversary of ‘Flagman of India’ : Krishna University Post Office Andhra Pradesh

2 August 2022 : A freedom of Indian Freedom Struggle Pingali Venkaiah : New Delhi

New Rakhi Envelopes 2022  

Special Cancellations

Tribute to Freedom Fighters

Special Cancellations on freedom fighters with the celebration of azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav will be released from 1st Aug to 15th Aug from Dibrugarh Postal Division under Assam Circle. 

1. Rani Lakshmi Bai

2. Kushal Konwar (Assam)

3. Malti Mem (Mangri Orangi)(Assam)

4. Kharageswar Talukdar(Assam)

5. Saheed Bhagat Singh

6. Bal Gangadhar Tilak

7. Tikhewar Borgohain(Assam)

8. Kanaklata Barua(Assam)

9. Mahatma Gandhi

10. Maniram Dewan(Assam)

11. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

12. Durgeswar Sharma(Assam)

13. Ullash Dutta(Assam)

14. Bhogeswari Phukanani(Assam)

15. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

In the News

Post offices to sell national flag from August 1 under 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign

India’s 1.6 lakh post offices will sell the tricolour from Aug 1 as the Union government targets a mass display of the nation...


11th State level philatelic exhibition OPHILEX 2022 will be held at Cuttack from 23-25 Sep 2022.

National Philatelic Exhibition : AMRITPEX 2023

Special Cover and Picture Postcards released on International Tiger Day 2022.

On the occasion of Celebration of International Tiger Day, a Special Cover  and a set of 5 Picture Postcards were  released by Chief PMG Sir in presence of Sri Shashi Paul, PCCF (WL) & CWLW

Sri Debidutta Biswal, PCCF & HOFF, Odisha ,Dr Manoj V. Nair, Director, Dr Sanjeet Kumar,  Deputy Director, at Nandankanan Zoological Park, Barang

Stamp Exhibition in Allahabad “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”

Allahabad Museum, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India is organizing an exhibition of " Rare postage stamps related to freedom movement" from 1st August to 20th August 2022 in the series of organizing programmes on Amrit Mahotsav of Independence.

Recent International Stamp Exhibitions

Indonesia 2022 World Stamp Championship, Jakarta 4-9 August 2022

Visit : Indonesia 2022

View : List of Exhibits

Cape Town 2022 International Stamp Exhibition

Mr. Shakil Ahmed is Indian National Commissioner for the Cape Town 2022. Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately, Postal Stationery, Revenue, Thematic, Open, Modern Philately, One Frame, Philatelic Literature and Picture Postcards only)

Shakil Ahmed : Email: : (M) +91-9437225760 / +91-7008025663

Visit :


European Stamp Exhibition and Polar Salon “LIBEREC 2022” is  organized by Svaz českých filatelistů, z.s. (Union of Czech Philatelists) in cooperation with club “Evropská výstava poštovních známek LIBEREC 2022, z.s.”, established for this purpose under FEPA patronage and with FIP recognition.

Venue: Wellness Hotel Babylon


Date: October 13th – 16th, 2022

Exhibition size: 1200 exhibition frames

European Stamp Exhibition and Polar Salon LIBEREC 2022 :  IREX

Visit :

IBRA 2023 and 33st International Stamp Fair will be held at Hall 1 and 2, Messe Essen, Germany from 25 to 28 May, 2023. Mr. Madhukar Jhingan has been appointed as Indian National Commissioner for the IBRA 2023.

Madhukar Jhingan :  Email:   (M) +91-9811160965


SIPA is glad to announce that our next National Level Philatelic Exhiniton will be at Olympia Technology Park, Guindy, Chennai 600 032 from 13th August 2022 to 15th August 2022.

Important Dates

Last Date of Receipt of Exhibits : 10/08/2022

Exhibition Dates from 13th August 2022 to 15th August 2022 from 10 A.M to 7 P.M

For Details Plz  visit :


A state level philatelic exhibition will be organized by the Andhtra Postal Circle in October 2022 at Vishakhapatnam. Visit :

HYPEX – Diamond 2022

Hyderabad Philatelic and Hobbies Society is going to organize an exhibition of stamps ,coins, notes and other collectibles from 19 to 21 November 2022. For more details plz contact : Shri Prakash Agrawal Ph. 9346777206 email :

News from Philatelists, Philatelic Clubs and Societies

New e – books


Singapore Stamps and Money : One for the Birds 

-By Tan wee Kiat 

The e- book is available with the editor on request, free of cost.



e - Book - Birdlife on stamps by Capt. Vijay Wadhawa

e - Book - Birdlife on stamps by Capt. Vijay Wadhawa was released today, 5 August 2022 by CPMG , Chhattisgarh Postal Circle, Raipur. 

email: Whatsapp 918951166141 The book is also available on  Amazon

Philately of a monk

Recently, a philatelic exhibition was held at The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata along with an exhibition of dolls named “Dolls of Bengal and Stamps of the World” as a part of their Annual Exhibition 2022 celebrating 125 years of Ramakrishna Mission, and coinciding with “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence.

The collection of stamps of Most Revered Srimat Swami Gitanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission was carefully displayed. The one-month long exhibition was inaugurated on 17th June 2022 by Most Revered Srimat Swami Suhitanandaji Maharaj, Vice President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. The exhibition was later visited by President Maharaj Srimat Swami Smaranananda ji Maharaj.


Later, Chief PMG Mrs J. Charukeshi, Chief Post Master General, West Bengal circle, visited the exhibition and was delighted to see the collection of more than 10,000 stamps of a monk. 

Swami Gitananda Maharaj was born on 17 April 1924 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In his childhood, he was deeply influenced by the discussions on Ramayana, Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavata held at his home. Thus the foundation of his spiritual life was laid at a very young age. He came to Kolkata for his college education during which, he came in touch with the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature and found in it a new meaning for life.

Attracted by the spiritual ideals, he joined the Ramakrishna Order at Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, in 1946 and started his monastic life. He became a Sanyasi with the name Gitananda, in the year 1956. After suffering from old-age-related ailments for a few years, he attained Mahasamadhi on 14th March 2014 in Kolkata at the age of 90 years.

-Eeshita Basu, Kolkata

Crossite Philately Club opened at Holy Cross School


01.08.22, Singtam: A philately club with the name ‘Crossite’ was officially opened at Holy Cross School, Tadong on July, 30 to promote a hobby of stamp collection among students. Twenty students had enrolled their names on this hobby club. Sr. Florin Mary Murmu and Mukesh Kumar Jha would be the President and Secretary of the club.

A philatelic workshop and stamp exhibition was also held on the occasion. The event was organized by the Department of Post, in association with the Sikkim Philatelic and Numismatic Society (SPNS). Samir Pradhan, Marketing Head, Gangtok Post Office presented stamps stationeries to the new stamp collectors. He also informed the students about different scholarships and benefits as stamp club members. 

Aastha Rai, a philatelic scholar pursuing PhD in Sikkim Postal History spoke about the development of the postal system in Sikkim. Ganesh Pradhan, President, SPNS presented a congratulation souvenir to Sr. Florin Mary Murmu on the big occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said SPNS as a society had been working towards the promotion of philately in Sikkim for the last 17 years and we are happy new seeds of stamp collectors are getting prepared to take on this pleasure’s hobby. 

Shital Pradhan, Secretary, SPNS, conducted a philately workshop that was attended by more than 150 students of the school. Pradhan gifted Special Covers and stamps to the philately club to start with. Members of SPNS displayed their valuable stamps exhibit which was highly appreciated by the students and teachers. SPNS were represented by Ganesh Pradhan, Shital Pradhan, Sunita Gurung and Pramila Gurung. 

- Shital Pradhan

Stamp Exhibition on Birds in Gorakhpur

- Ashwani Dubey, Gorakhpur

News from India Post

 Book Review

The Handbook of Permanent Pictorial Cancellations of India  

-Compiled by Sushil Mehra & K. Chaitanya Dev


The Handbook of Permanent Pictorial Cancellations of India - Compiled by Sushil Mehra & K. Chaitanya Dev : Pages 340 : Type - Paperback : Edition - 2022 : Published by Sushil Mehra : Price : Rs 650 : Available with the author : email – Also available at : Amazon

A permanent pictorial cancellation is issued to use throughout the year without any time limit. There are many permanent pictorial cancellations issued in different states on various subjects which are of utmost importance related to that place.

The new book ‘Handbook of Permanent Pictorial Cancellations of India’ compiled by Sushil Mehra and K.Chaitanya Dev gives detailed information about  Pictorial Cancellations/Postmarks from all over India. The permanent pictorial cancellations have been given state wise with the details of the picture on the cancellation as well as the initial date of the issue and PIN code of the Post Office. It also gives QR Code on every page using which through smart phone one can get the location of the town on Google Maps. A brief description of the town is also given on every page at which the Post Office is located.

The Book is very useful for the collectors of permanent pictorial cancellations. It is a reference book for all stamp collectors. Every philatelist would like to have this book as pictorial cancellations have an important place in Thematic Philately, Postal History, Postal Stationery Collection as well as Traditional Philately. The Authors have taken extra care to illustrate the latest PPCs from the respective e post offices. The layout a of the book is very good with clear color pictures of the postal stationery on which the cancellations have been given.

I recommend this book to every philatelist. The book will help them to arrange their collection of permanent Pictorial cancellations systematically as well as it is an excellent reference book for those who are in traditional philately, Postal history, Postal stationery or Thematic Philately.

The Authors 

Sushil Mehra is a noted philatelist and numismatist from Bangalore and writes regularly on stamps. His FB philatelic posts on Pan India Pictorial Place Cancellation Group ( are very popular among philatelists with interesting stories of everyday life and its association with stamps. He is a member of Karnataka Numismatic Society and Karnataka Philatelic Society. Mr Mehra is a keen philatelist and numismatist with special interest in various subjects related to stamps coins and bank notes. He may be contacted at email :

K. Chaitanya Dev is philatelist from Bangalore, a mechanical Engineer by profession, with great interest in French India stamps and Postal History. He has also written a book ‘Stamps of French India’ He is President of Karnataka Philatelic Society, Member of The Royal Philatelic Society, London, India Study Circle and Lifer Member of Philatelic Congress of India. He has won awards at several National and International philatelic Exhibitions. He may be contacted at:

- Jeevan Jyoti

‘Bird’ is the most popular theme among Thematic collectors. A large number of stamps on variety of birds found in different parts of the world are issued time to time by many postal administrations. It is a very good theme to develop. I am giving here a series of articles on Birds by noted philatelist Shri M. Lokeswara Rao.



India Himalayan Birds on Stamps and Save India Himalayan Birds….Part II

-M.Lokewara Rao

IFS (Retd.), PCCF and Head of Forest Force (Retd)


A mountain range is a group or chain of mountains that are close together. Mountain ranges are usually separated from other mountain ranges by passes and rivers. The greatest mountain ranges are the Himalayas in Asia. Andes in South America and Alps in south central Europe. The Himalayas are the highest mountain range in the world. The Andes are the second highest Mountain Range in the world. Alps in South Central Europe in Europe are one of the largest and highest mountain ranges in the world.

The postage stamp is a true ambassador of human history, culture and civilization, because its form and function give it freedom of movement and the ability to transmit information all over world/  The promotion of philatelic themes like Himalayas that deal with the natural beauties and richness of  Himalayas,  Department of Posts of different countries have   issued  philatelic-postal  items,  in  which images  of the  glaciers , peaks and mountains and lakes of Himalayas   are  found,  consider to  be  part  of  natural capital  and also part of the cultural heritage of the world,   to propagate conservation and environment awareness among the people for protection of Himalayas. Young people can come into direct contact with the described philatelic pieces (postal stamps and first day covers), and thus can fully understand the importance of Himalayas and its protection and save from climate change.

Contd. from the last Issue ….

Migratory Birds stamps on the eve of INDEPEX ASIANA 2000 were issued depicting Rosy Pastor (Sturnus roseus), The Garganey Teal (Anas querquedu) and The Forest Wagtail (Motacilla indica), Rosy Pastor (Sturnus roseus) is a distinctive rose-pink starling, or myna,

Migratory Birds stamps 2000 were issued depicting Rosy Pastor (Sturnus roseus), The Garganey Teal (Anas querquedu) and  Forest Wagtail (Motacilla indica)


with a glistening black head, neck, upper breast, wings and tail. It is a winter visitor to India and moves from the north-west eastward to Bihar, straggling into West Bengal, Assam and Bangladesh. Uttaranchal the bird was sighted The Garganey Teal (Anas querquedu) is one of our commonest and most widespread migratory ducks. Smaller in size than Duck, it is one among the earliest to arrive in its winter quarters, and one of the last to leave. Small parties of this duck are occasionally seen till well into May. It is well distributed throughout India and frequents every type of water bodies, large and small jheels, marshes, village tanks, coastal backwaters and lagoons. Differences in colouration distinguish the male from female. Known Breeding areas include Europe, Russia, Mongolia and Japan.The Forest Wagtail (Motacilla indica), slightly bigger than sparrow in size, has an olive-brown upper side and blackish brown wings. Mostly a winter visitor, it is commonly seen in north-east India, Eastern and Western Ghat complexes and Andaman Islands. It is usually seen singly in well wooded country, sometimes in loose pairs or small parties. The Forest Wagtail arrives in September and leaves in April. It breeds during May and June in Assam.

Bugun Liocichla stamp issued in 2012 “Endemic Species of  Indian Biodiversity Hotspots” during the XI Conference of the Parties on Biological Diversity.

The Bugun liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum) is a passerine bird species from the family Leiothrichidae closely related to the Emei Shan liocichla. First spotted in 1995 in Arunachal Pradesh, India, it was described as a new species in 2006.The Bugun liocichla is a small babbler (20 cm (7.9 in)) with olive-grey plumage and a black cap. The face is marked with prominent orange-yellow lores, and the wings have yellow, red and white is a vulnerable species as per IUCN Red List.

Two birds appear on the stamps of endangered species 2006 series Manipur Bush-Quail (Perdicula manipurensis) and Greater Adjutant Stork(Leptoptilos dubius).  Manipur Bush-Quail inhabits stands of tall grassland and feeds in groups in the open, on grass seeds, wild lentils and insects.Once endemic to the wet grasslands on North-east India, there has been no confirmed sighting of the bird since 1935.A large bird of the Bustard family and the only member of the genus Sypheotides, it is one of the endangered Indian birds. Inhabiting grasslands including fields of cotton and millets, it feeds on grain, green shoots, seeds and beetles.Greater Adjutant Stork a large wading bird of the stork family Coconiidae, it is found in the tropical wetlands of North and North-east India. The bird feeds mainly on frogs, large insects, reptiles, lizards and fish. 

National Bird of India: Peacock (Pavo Cristatus) being the Scientific name of Peafowl was declared the National Bird of our country. Based on the occurrence throughout the Country, its identification with the common man, its uniqueness, cultural and heritage acceptability, Peacock was chosen the National Bird of India by the Government of India and a due notification was issued on 1st February 1963. The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus), also known as the common peafowl, and blue peafowl  is a peafowl species native to the Indian subcontinent. It is found mainly below an elevation of 1,800 m (5,900 ft) and in rare cases seen at about 2,000 m (6,600 ft). Occurs nearly throughout India, from the southern slopes of the Himalayas south to Sri Lanka, west locally into eastern Pakistan, and east to Bhutan and western Assam but apparently extirpated from Bangladesh. It is least Concern as per IUCN Red List. India post has issued Peacock stamps 1973 on the occasion of Indipex 1973 exhibition,  and two stamps in  2017 under Nature series, and 2017 India and Papua New Guinea joint issue, 2015 Zoological Survey of India series and 2016 tourism in India. 

The Chestnut Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus castaniceps) is a species of leaf warbler (family Phylloscopidae). It was formerly included in the "Old World warbler" assemblage. Chestnut Crowned Warbler(Phylloscopus castaniceps) stamp issued in 2005 on occasion of World Environment Day “Green Cities”. It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. As per IUCN Red List it is Least Concern (Population stable)

 2005 Chestnut Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus castaniceps)2006 stamp depicts sela lake and Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra) 

Under Himalayan lakes 2006 stamp depicts sela lake and Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra) also known as the crimson horned pheasant near threatened species under IUCN RedList, , is a pheasant found in the Himalayan reaches of India, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. They reside in moist oak and rhododendron forests with dense undergrowth and bamboo clumps. They range from 2400 to 4200 metres in summer and 1800 metres in winter. 

Pied Kingfisher   (Ceryle rudis) is depicted in Bandipur National Park stamp of 2017.The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a species of water kingfisher widely distributed subcontinent, up to about 2,000m in Himalaya has five recognised subspecies.Speckled black and white plumage diagnostic; black nuchal crest; double black gorget across breast in male as well as its habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish, make it distinctive. It is Least concern as per IUCN Red List.

2010   International year of biodiversity,  first stamp  Brahminy Kite    (Haliastur indus) and Ruddy Shelduck    (Tadorna ferruginea) and second stamp Eagle-Owl (Bubo bengalensis) .

On the Miniature sheet released with two stamps on 05.06.2010 on the occasion of  International year of biodiversity,  First stamp depicts Brahminy Kite    (Haliastur indus) and Ruddy Shelduck    (Tadorna ferruginea).   The brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), formerly known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors, such as eagles, buzzards, and harriers. They are found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Australia. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands, where they feed on dead fish and other prey. They are mainly seen in the plains, but can sometimes occur above 5000 feet in the Himalayas, it is Least concern asper IUCN Red List. Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) Its typical breeding habitat is large wetlands and rivers with mud flats and shingle banks, and it is found in large numbers on lakes and reservoirs. It breeds in high altitude lakes and swamps in Jammu and Kashmir. Outside the breeding season it prefers lowland streams, sluggish rivers, ponds, flooded grassland, marshes and brackish lagoons,   it is  Least concern asper IUCN Red List.  Indian Eagle-Owl         (Bubo bengalensis) is depicted on the second stamp of MS, they are seen in scrub and light to medium forests but are especially seen near rocky places within the mainland of the Indian Subcontinent south of the Himalayas and below 1,500 m (4,900 ft) elevation. it is Least concern asper IUCN Red List 

Definitive stamps of Birds: The intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia) released in 1975 median egret, smaller egret, or yellow-billed egret (Ardea intermedia) is a medium-sized heron. Some taxonomists put the species in the genus Egretta or Mesophoyx. It is a resident breeder from east Africa across the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia and Australia. It is least Concern as per IUCN Red List. Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradise) stamp issued in 2000  It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and MyanmarHimalayan paradise flycatcher (T. p. leucogaster) was initially described as a separate species. It breeds in the western Tian Shan,in Afghanistan, in northern Pakistan, in northwestern and central India, and in western and central Nepal; populations in eastern Pakistan and in southern India migrate towards the foothills of the Himalayas in spring for breeding. The Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia, where it is widely distributed. As the global population is considered stable, it has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2004. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Myanmar.

1975 Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia) 2000 Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradise)

2001 Painted stroke Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)   2000 Sarus Crane(Antigone antigone)  

In 2001 Painted stroke Painted Stork      (Mycteria leucocephala)   issued. The painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wader in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers of the adults give them their name. They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. It is near Near threatened as per IUCN Red List. Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone) appear on stamps released in 2000    The sarus crane (Antigone antigone) is a large nonmigratory crane found in parts of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Australia. The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in), they are a conspicuous species of open wetlands in South Asia, seasonally flooded Dipterocarpus forests in Southeast Asia, and Eucalyptus-dominated woodlands and grasslands in Aus In Nepal, its distribution is restricted to the western and central lowland plains, with most of the population occurring in Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, and Nawalparasi districts. As per IUCN Red List it is  vulnerable species.

 Sikkim, Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal and Seven North East Indian states are in Eastern Himalayas Biodiversity Hotspot Out of the 977 birds that have been noted in the region, only 15 are endemic. Some of the most threatened winged representatives are the Endangered white-winged duck (Asarcornis scutulata), the Critically Endangered white-bellied heron (Ardea insignis), and the Critically Endangered Bengal florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis).Some of the endemic birds that are found in the Eastern Himalaya region include the Manipur bush quail, Blyth’s tragopan, chestnut-breasted partridge, Sclater’s monal, Tibetan eared pheasant, Temminck’s tragopan, and the rusty-bellied shortwing.

 Anthropogenic activities including deforestation, fragmentation of habitats, pollution, high population, climate change and poaching of wildlife poses a serious threat to the biodiversity of the region.Unplanned urbanisation is causing significant changes in land use and land cover, with reduced recharge areas of springs. Degradation of forests due to diversion for large projects, forest fires and the changing forest regime have also impacted springs and rivers alike. Several rivers have been identified as critically polluted. The key reasons for this crisis are rapid urbanisation and unregulated tourism with no policy on solid waste management.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the second of its three-part report in the 6th assessment cycle which was released on 28 February 2022, focuses on the impacts of a changing climate on vulnerability. This is particularly important for the Himalayas. For the Himalayas, it means that the glaciers will continue to retreat at a 


India Himalayas Birds Stamps released by India Post and

Conservation Status

SI No.

Name of Bird

Date stamp released

Current IUCN status


Red Billed Blue magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha)


Least concern


Brown Fronted woodpecker (Dendrocopus auriceps)


Least concern


Brood Scimitar Babbler (Pomathorhinus schisticeps)


Least concern


Crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja).


Least Concern


Black Headed Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)


Least Concern


Western Tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus)




1.Monal pheasant (Lophophorus impejanus)


2.Himalayan Monal(Lophophorus impejanus) can be seen Kaziranga National Park stamp just in front of Rhin





Least Concern


1.Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)stamp was released  in 1983 on the eve of Centenary of Bombay Natural History Society 1883-1983

2. 2013 50 years of Nagaland  Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)








White winged Wood Duck (Asarcornis scutulata)




Osprey (Pandion haliateus), Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrines), Bearded vulture (Gypoetus barbatus)  Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetas)


Least Concern


Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrines)


Least Concern


Bearded vulture (Gypoetus barbatus


Near threatened


Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetas)


Least Concern


Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis Cruentus)


Least Concern


Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus)


Least Concern


Rosy Pastor (Sturnus roseus) MigratoryBird


Least Concern


Garganey Teal (Anas querquedu) MigratoryBird


Least Concern


Forest Wagtail (Motacilla indica) MigratoryBird


Least Concern


Bugun liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum)


Critically endangered


Greater Adjutant Stork




Manipur Bush-Quail




Peacock stamps in Indipex 1973 and two stamps in  2017 under Nature , 2017 India and Papua New Guinea joint issue, 2015 zoological survey series and 2016 tourism in India


2017 two stamps



Least Concern


Greater Adjutant Stork




Chestnut Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus castaniceps)


Least Concern


Sela lake and Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra)


Near Threatened


Bugun liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum)


Critically endangered


2010 International year of biodiversity Brahminy Kite(Haliastur indus)


Least Concern


2010International year of biodiversity Ruddy Shelduc(Tadorna ferruginea


Least Concern


2010International year of biodiversity   Eagle Owl    (Bubo bengalensis)


Least Concern


Intermediate egret (Ardea intermedia)

Definitive stamp


Least Concern


Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradise) Definitive stamp


Least Concern


Painted stroke Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)          Definitive stamp


Near threatened


Sarus Crane(Antigone antigone)

Definitive stamp



1.5°C global warming level. This will result in some glaciers being at the risk of extinction. Some regions that rely heavily on glacier melt and snowmelt irrigation will face erratic water supply and increased food insecurity. Damages and losses from water-related hazards such as floods and landslides are projected to increase considerably between a 1.5°C and 2°C Global Warming Level (GWL).Both climatic and non-climatic stressors in the Himalayas are adversely affecting the socio-ecology of the region. Glacial decline, encroachment, and degradation of natural water bodies and the disappearance of traditional water systems such as springs are evident.

State of the World’s Bird

The State of the World’s Birds, an annual review of environmental resources published on May 5 2022  by nine natural sciences and avian specialists across the globe, has revealed that the population of 48% of the 10,994 surviving species of birds is declining.

The report led by the Manchester Metropolitan University gives an overview of the changes in the knowledge of avian biodiversity and the extent to which it is imperilled. 

The study found that 5,245 or about 48% of the existing bird species worldwide are known or suspected to be undergoing population declines.While 4,295 or 39% of the species have stable trends, about 7% or 778 species have increasing population trends. The trend of 37 species was unknown.The study draws from Bird Life International’s latest assessment of all birds for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List that shows 1,481 or 5% species are currently threatened with global extinction.These include 798 species classified as vulnerable, 460 as endangered and 223 as critically endangered while 52 species were considered to be data deficient.The more threatened bird species (86.4%) are found in tropical than in temperate latitudes (31.7%), with hotspots for threatened species concentrated in the tropical Andes, southeast Brazil, eastern Himalayas, eastern Madagascar, and Southeast Asian islands. 

The study says ornithologists have a good understanding of the spatio-temporal patterns of avian diversity compared to many other taxa and the measures needed to slow down and ultimately reverse avian biodiversity loss.The growing footprint of the human population represents the ultimate driver of most threats to avian biodiversity, so the success of solutions will depend on the degree to which they account for the social context in which they are implemented, and our ability to effect changes in individual and societal attitudes and behaviour. 

The continued degradation of the primary natural habitats of birds due to human activities should be mitigated because birds contribute towards many ecosystem services that either directly or indirectly benefit humanity. Bird Stamps released by India post are one of the conservation tools that educate and create awareness among people for protection and conservation of birds. Avian biodiversity needs to be conserved as it has a direct bearing on human wellbeing and sustainability. It is the duty of every one to lead eco-friendly green  life and sustainable consumption to protect the environment from climate change and strike a balance between conservation and development  for protection of Indian Himalyan Birds


1.Avian Diversity in the Himalayas Dhananjai Mohan Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India Journal of Graphic Era University, Vol. 9 1, 19–30. doi: 10.13052/jgeu0975-1416.912 © 2021 River Publishers

2.Faunal Diversity of Indian Himalaya: 1-872. (Published by the Director, Zool. Surv. India, Kolkata)Chandra, K., Gupta, D., Gopi, K.C., Tripathy, B. and Kumar, V., 2018.

3. www.,%202018.pdf,)%2C%20stretching%20across%202500%20km.


-M.Lokewara Rao : email :


Specialized Section


Contd.. from the last issue…..

Social philately is one of the fastest growing new field of philately which relates itself  to  the social history and development of any social system  purely, fully or partially due to the existence and assistance of the postal system. In other words, it can be said that it represents a study of the development of social systems and products derived from and through the full or partial operation of postal systems. The name Social Philately has been derived from two words “Social and Philately” and it suggests the importance and significance of development of social systems & the role of philately in that cause. 


As this class of philately entertains titles explaining social history  in particular, it may include titles such as to relate the history of a town, biography of a famous person or impact of an event, the development of a town or country, the impact or the historical background to an important event, the development of an important business or industry or a social convention such as the sending of Valentine’s Day Cards through postal and philatelic items. Some other title may be  : Letters of war, From Hanover to Windsor, Australian Electoral Office Business, Pre – World War-I Australian Pictorial Envelops, A philatelic window in to the times, the people and the places in British South Africa ( Rhodesia  1900 – 1924 ),  Genesis of commerce in Australia, France during the dark years of the world war – II,  Mission Mail  -  Northern Rhodesia, Australian Scout Jamborees 1934 – 1970 corroborees 1936 – 1966, Hand-Painted envelopes which talented Victorian artists, The Earthquake that devastated Messina (Sicily) in 1908, Telegram services during particular period and place, Insurance in India, Charkha the wheel which lead to freedom  etc. etc.,

Here are few examples of Social Philately Exhibits - ‘Wartime Postal Forgeries’, ‘Promotional Postal Orders’, ‘Mulready Caricatures’, ‘The Post Office Savings Bank’, ‘Images of Industry’, ‘The Sociology of Reading’, ‘Hand-illustrated Letters’, ‘Airmail in India’, ‘The Post Office Story’ ‘Patriotic Mails’, ‘Money Order Services’, ‘The Road towards Indian Independence’, ‘Red Cross – Support the World’, ‘Kolkata - Social Philately’ (One can develop exhibit on any city or town). This may help readers to think about titles and theme of Social Philately Exhibits. One Frame or Multiple frames Exhibit on Social Philately can be developed on any subject or class. It depends on collector’s own imagination, ideas and skill. Research is essential for developing Social Philately Exhibits.  

Some other topics related to following can be taken up such as Studies of the effect of the postal system on commerce, society and industry,  Historical, local and/or regional studies,  Studies related to an event or historical landmark . This gives a wide scope for different suitable  titles.  


In thematic philately only the philatelic material is allowed to be exhibited with allowance of maximum 5 to 10% for other material like fiscals only essentially required and has great importance for the exhibit. In postal History, mainly the postal material is allowed. But in social philately both thematic, postal history and other material is allowed. In other words, it  may include material currently accepted in other philatelic categories, other material linked to the postal system being studied and collateral material relevant to the chosen social theme. 

The list of material allowed is very long as it entertains varied types of material various philatelic, postal, ephemera, fiscals, documents, whether  postal linked or non-linked materials such as revenue stamps, insurance stamps, cinema stamp, entertainment stamps, transport and travel stamps, various govt. tax and fee stamps, pamphlets, notices, hand bills, tickets, news paper cuttings, clippings, articles from books and magazines, abstracts from official papers, govt. orders, certificates, licenses, permits, receipts, invoices, brochures, photographs, documents, maps, drawings, prints, leaflets, brochures,

        (Guernsey Social Philately)     

A very early letter from a soldier in France to his wife back in Guernsey in which he gives clues as to where he is without actually giving ant details although his own details have been censored


coins, medals, trade cards, picture post cards, badges, tokens, labels, pamphlets, Cinderella like( Christmas seals, charity seals, wildlife conservation stamps, Promotion Stamps, Poster Stamps ), post cards, trade cards, match box labels, tobacco cards, coins, playing cards, packing labels and wrappers, medals, medallions, Bank notes, or any material developed by commerce to use or reflect post office services and products. etc.  i.e. collection of postal articles including philatelic and non-philatelic but related material. Hence, its exhibit may include material currently accepted in other philatelic categories, other material linked to the postal system being studied and collateral material relevant to the chosen social theme




                                                       (  Jersey Social Philately )

                     Pictorial Post Card                                                           National Registration 

The post card shows scenes in and around the POW camp were sketched by one of the  inmates which were later used on a set of postcards probably after the armistice. This is one of the most common to be found Card.             

Non-philatelic materials which gives background and other useful information includes : directories, Government or official publications, maps, newspapers, patents, timetables, biographies, Army and Navy lists, travel tickets etc.        

Examples of Historical, social and special studies include Telegram Services, Greeting Cards including Valentines, Illustrated and Pictorial Envelopes (including Patriotic Covers), Post  

Office and Official office stationery (without imprinted stamp),  Philatelic History other than literature (including albums hinges, perforation gauges etc, the impedimenta of philately), Officially issued documents bearing illustrations of postage stamps, PHQ Cards -objects associated with postage stamps and their use,  Aspects of the affect of the postal system on commerce or industry, Locality studies based on postal and social history using the materials of Social Philately, Objects associated with postage stamps and their use (letter weighing balances, stamp boxes, maps, prints, model post office, model letter boxes, model post office equipments etc.  such as mailbags, uniforms, postal tools etc, Illustrated, Pictorial commercial envelopes used in a postal system, This material should be arranged so as to illustrate a balanced plan as a whole or to develop any aspect of Social Philately. 

Non philatelic material must have an intimate/close connection with the operation or the objective of postal system or if not directly related to the postal system then it should have an integral part of social system (for example medals awarded to trade fair participants where the medal was often posted but where the connection is more with the social  story, insurance policy, certificates etc. sent through postal system)




As it is concluded that a social philately exhibit is combination of postal history and thematic exhibit allowing usage of certain non postal/non philatelic items too; the exhibit suitable for this class of philately has to be one which tells the social history of some place or some event or some system.

An Exhibit ‘The Sydney Harbor Bridge’ of Maurice Williams of Sydney, a former Chairman of Australia Post is a five-frame exhibit which coincided with the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Bridge on 19th March 1932. This is a beautifully presented exhibit combining stamps, postcards, photographs and ephemeral items to tell the story of the construction and impact of Sydney's iconic bridge.

‘Art through the post’ is an exhibit of Hand-Painted envelopes which talented Victorian artists sent through the post to friends and relatives. They were probably inspired to use postal correspondence in this way by William Mulready who designed Britain's first postal stationery and thus pioneered the idea of illustrated envelopes.

The basic preparation requires exhaustive thematic study and research, availability of wide range of material directly related to the operations and products of the postal system either as post office equipment or as material developed by commerce to use or reflect postal services and products as explained above. The philatelic importance and explanation is also a pre requisite.


The plan or introductory page and the development of exhibit are the two aspects of an interlinked process, based on the personal study and research by the collector on both the social theme and the material. The introductory plan should show the scope and development of the exhibit. The title of the exhibit should correspond to the introductory plan. The plan should give general information on the subject and must indicate areas of personal investigation. It should also contain a short list of the important documentary sources (social and philatelic) used. It will help the judges to evaluate the material shown in relation to the aims set forth by the exhibitor.   

        Introductory and Plan Page on “ Insurance in India” gives brief  introduction, aim, plan  giving scope and    development of the theme. It contains important items too         

The exhibit must elaborate the theme in depth, and should comply with the introductory page. Creativity, the personal development of new themes and originality, the introduction of new aspects or approaches are key elements of Social Philately exhibits. A thorough knowledge of both the theme and the appropriate material is a pre requisite for the best possible social philatelic development. The social information should provide the main thread of the story. It is necessary to include philatelic information where required so that philatelic knowledge and personal study can be demonstrated. It is advisable.       

I have in my one frame social history exhibit have incorporated insurance policies, receipts, stamps, notices etc. Though most of these are not philatelic items but certainly most of them had postal link as either those were sent through mail, or the fee paid is through postal/revenue stamps. For me these are the most suitable items. Even the mail exchanged between the insurers, insured and the agents can be part of the exhibit , if it is so required.


Marine and Fire Insurance Policy Documents : Ephemera essentially required to be displayed in Insurance exhibit as they show the nature and type of Insurance policies issued and the coverage given.

The photo material printed on the side or back for advertisement purpose can be considered as suitable for the purpose of social philately. Like in case of special or First day covers, the illustration given can of great use to such exhibits to complete the story

In brief, the exhibitor should take care of the following while preparing the exhibit  :

1.  The exhibit must have an introductory page showing the intended scope and development of the exhibit.                                                                                                          

  2.  The exhibit represents a study of the development of social systems and products derived    from the operation of postal systems or the development of a social activity or enterprise.          

3.  The theme should be developed using both philatelic and non-philatelic, but related, material.         

 4.  The non-philatelic material should comprise up to a maximum of 50% of the items on show.  It should support and enhance the philatelic items in the development of the theme.                    

5.  Rarity is not a judge of value but reflects the relative scarcity of items.                                     

6.  Items should be of as good a quality as is available.                                                                          

 7.  The significance of the items shown should show the impact the items have upon the story/theme being shown.

Double width sheets are normally permitted and count as 2 sheets, provided they are horizontal.  Double vertical height is normally not allowed but can be in special cases.

Though various heavy, voluminous, big items can be part of social philately exhibit such as mail bags, letter boxes, parcel packet cover, stamp pads and seals, badges, belts and other artifacts etc. But only if allowed in particular exhibitions. Broadly the items not more than 5mm thick and easily displayable on the vertical display board  are allowed. So, take utmost care of this aspect.


In the development of this class of philately explained above, it is seen that it has been a regular class included in Australian and New Zealand National Exhibitions since 1988.But it got FIP recognition when it was allowed in 1999 in an International stamp exhibition (FIP world Exhibition) in Melbourne ('Australia 99'), as an experimental class of exhibiting. This exhibition had very limited classes.  However, FIP entertained it as an trial of this new class and there was substantial number of entries. However, the FIP did not adopt the new class, in that form and subsequently introduced the Open Class, which allowed even more flexibility in the type and quantities of material shown than did Social, thus attracting many existing Social exhibitors. There after in many National and International shows it has been allowed either as social philately or in  form of Open Class. Of late, JUBURG 2010 International Exhibition includes Experimental Open Class.


After the amendment of social philatelic class in to Postal History Class 2C,it was first introduced in Astralia’99 an FIP International Stamp  and thereafter in IBRA 2009 in Germany and at Bulgaria 2009  under FIP patronage. Following general  views were put forward by the judges regarding guidelines and judging process :        

 Quotations from the SREV and Guidelines (hereafter referred to as the Guidelines) set out in the FIP Commission for Postal History Newsletter of October 2008, were intended to place the reality of judging Class 2C Historical, Social and Special Studies exhibits in the context of the Guidelines.

1. These state that historical, social and special studies exhibits show the interaction  of the postal system with society, events, commerce or the historical geography of an area and the effect the postal system has on humanity and humanity on the postal system.

2.  Historical, social and special studies exhibits would include material developed by commerce and society for use in the postal system and may include non-philatelic material where relevant to the subject of the exhibit. The non-philatelic material should be incorporated into the exhibit in a balanced and appropriate manner in such a way that it does not overwhelm the philatelic material.

3. These are, however, not a limitation on the permissible subjects.

4. These also note that exhibits … may be planned chronologically, geographically (e.g. by local/ national districts), by mode of transport/service, or by any other way that the exhibitor may feel appropriate to employ.

 5. They add that exhibits should avoid … large-scale duplication of similar items, large chronological gaps where possible, and the inclusion of expensive items not directly relevant to the subject shown.

6. Furthermore, and as … a general rule a Postal History exhibit should show interesting material (philatelically and, where permitted, non-philatelically) to the best advantage, and not appear to be a manuscript for a monograph.

7. All exhibits under such category must be capable of being exhibited in standard exhibition frames.

8. The plan or concept of all sub-classes of postal history exhibits shall be clearly explained in an introductory statement (ref. GREV, Article 3.3).

In other criteria of judging may be adopted keeping following points in mind it may be said that  :

1.     The Postal History2C (social Philately) must tell the story; other material should be ancillary and supportive.

2. The writing up and interpretation of Postal History items must be from a postal historical point of view.

3. Rates and routes should be described.

4. Mint stamps should be used very sparingly, if at all.

5. Cancelled stamps and stamps postmarked on piece should be used only when entries are not available.

6. Photographic or other illustrative material should be, where possible, contemporary with the material exhibited.

7. Ancillary material should not be greater than 20% of the items shown. i.e. a maximum of 5-6 items per frame, on average.

8. Ancillary material should not dominate the exhibit.


The initial  recommended system of awarding points as per SREV was as follows  :

1. Treatment (20) and Importance (Philatelic 5 & Historical & Social aspects 5)       30
2. Philatelic, Historical & Social Knowledge, Personal Study and Research              35                               
( Philatelic Knowledge  15,Historical and Social Knowledge 10,   

 Personal Study and Research 10)

3. Condition (10) and Rarity (20)                                                                                 30
4. Presentation                                                                                                              5                                Total                                                                                                                             100

The Commission’s guidance in judging this class was incomplete since its intention appeared to be enabling and not prescriptive, soothe necessity was felt to establish a framework so that judgment could be made systematically and equitably.

The above Guidelines were very specific in respect of Introductory Pages, and were considerably sharpened later at the Bucharest FIP meeting in 2008  which recommended as under  :

1. The exhibits must contain an introductory statement, showing the scope of the exhibit. The title of the exhibit must correspond to the introductory statement.

2. The title page should possess and reflect the following  :

i )   It should  give relevant general (Postal History) information on the subject being developed in the    exhibit.
ii)   It should include the plan showing structure of the exhibit  i.e. chapters or sections etc., which have postal/social history relevance; and not “frame by frame” or “page by page” description.
iii)  It should include areas of personal investigation.
iv)  It should  include details of important documentary sources and references.

3. The evaluation will be done for the material shown, and the associated text in the exhibit against the information included on the Title Page (Title, Introductory Statement; information relevant to the whole exhibit; the way the exhibit is structured; research and references).

Note  :    A well thought out title page was highly recommended as that would assist both the exhibitor and judges.


Those recommendations helped in focusing attention on the distinctive nature of the class which stated that the exhibit should require the following  :

i)  The Postal History 2C (social Philately) must tell the story ; other material should be ancillary and supportive.   

                                                                                                                                                      ii)  The writing up and interpretation of Postal History items must be from a postal historical point of view.                                                                                                                                   iii)   Rates and routes should be  described.                                                                                                    

iv)  Mint stamps should be used very sparingly, if at all.                                                                                 

v)  Cancelled stamps and stamps postmarked on piece should be used only when entries are not available.                                                                                                                                                              

vi)  Photographic or other illustrative material should be, where possible, contemporary with the material exhibited.                                                                                                                                                         

 vii)  Ancillary material should not be greater than 20% of the items shown. i.e. a maximum of 5-6 items per frame, on average.                                                                                                                                      

viii) Ancillary material should not dominate the exhibit.

Like other philatelic exhibits Historical, Social and Special Studies evidently need a connected thread running through them, and lessons from other Postal History divisions, Thematic Philately and the Open Class in the use of different fonts, for example could help to distinguish them, but the primary characteristic of the class should be Postal History.

The Guidelines so framed state that :

1.  Colored photographs or reproductions should be at least 25% different in size from the original. Full size reproductions of single cancellations or part of a cover are permitted. All material whether non-postal or non-philatelic material, should preferably be original.

2. Photocopied or scanned Postal History items are not permitted unless they show detail or reverse of a Postal History piece included in the exhibition.

3. Ancillary or supportive items should generally not be photocopied or scanned. They should usually be in the possession of the exhibitor.

4. Where items are too large to display they can be reduced but must be accompanied with a statement that the item in question is in the possession of the exhibitor. Where possible the item should be on the reverse of the exhibition page.

5. The relevance, balance and importance of non-philatelic material shown in historical, social and special studies will be evaluated by the judges.

The other criteria for evaluation being recently adopted Internationally is as under  :

Treatment (20) and Importance (5 for philatelic and 5 for social):                 30
Philatelic and related Social Knowledge, Personal Study and Research:      35
Condition (10) and Rarity (20):                                                                       30
Presentation:                                                                                                   5
Total:                                                                                                               100

NOTE  :  That the information given above is based on the opinion and jury report of Australia’99 followed by amendments made in subsequent meetings. It does not confirm any standard guidelines so far given by FIP, if any, for particular class as there are three classes, so to say Social Philately, Open Class, Postal History Class 2C  which are still being used independently or  as different classes in different exhibitions. Of late, the oncoming International  Exhibition JOBURG 2010 in Johannesburg includes OPEN CLASS.


Social Philately presents a wonderful but interesting opportunity and challenge for anyone wishing to expand the scope of his collection but of course intensive research, long search and creative imagination is required to develop a social philately exhibit. In India, there is little development in Social Philately and it is hoped that all philatelists in India will now tend to explore this category of philately. Undoubtedly it has much more pleasure and interest as it has very limited restrictions on display of material and given opportunity to tell and display the story completely and in a better way. In the time to come, this class in its present form or little bit changed form  will certainly become a most wanted class of philately as it is attracting  philatelists mainly from Postal History and Thematic classes which have big participation and contribution in philatelic exhibitions.

For Contributors : Guidelines for the articles

1. The article should be a maximum of 10 pages (A4 size) including images in MS word only. Long articles, if accepted, will be published in parts.

2. Do not Format your article. Like no text wrapping, no caption on the images. Simply insert the images where required.

4. There should be No Hyperlinks in the text. Use only wherever it is quite necessary.

5. Images should be clear and sharp. Blurred images will be deleted. Kindly strictly avoid non -philatelic images.

6. The article will be published as per availability of the required space.

7. Regarding the selection and size of the images, the editor’s decision will be final.

8. New, good and selective articles will be entertained for publication but strictly subject to acceptance by the editor “. Articles already published somewhere will not be accepted for publication.

Beginners’ Section

Cricket Bat


Evolution of Cricket bat from 1740s to 1900s

One of the integral parts of game of cricket is the bat which has been used for hitting the ball. The evolution of cricket bat can be dated from 1620, from then onwards the bat has undergone tremendous transformation from time to time based on the requirement of the game. Initially, the shape of cricket bat was like hockey stick this is because the rolling of the arm over wasn’t practiced at that time. The cricket bat got into a rectangular shape in 18th century. This transformation can be attributed to the laws which got formulated and bowlers started to roll their arms as we see now in modern cricket.

In 1820’s lighter cricket bats were introduced; this is because the round-arm bowling was allowed instigating more bounce, so the cricket bat became lighter with a higher “swell”.

By 1870’s the cricket bat was made according to MCC regulations. In 1960’s first shoulder less bats were introduced by Slazenger. This paved the way for the ‘sweet spot’ of the bat, has moved from the bottom to a more central area providing more power to the stroke

With the T20 format, double sided bats are experiencing renewed interest. On 11March 2010, Mongoose launched its range of bats in India with Mathew Hayden being the brand ambassador.

Few of the famous incidents which are linked to cricket bats controversy are listed below

Monster bat incident of 1771

In a local county match between Chertsey and Hambledon in Surrey 1771, an English player named Shock White tried to use a bat that was as wide as the wicket. The batsmen would never get bowled as long as he had the bat in front of the wicket. The incident brought about the change in cricketing laws where the maximum width of the bat was set at four and a quarter inch. The rule remains intact till today. 

Aluminium bat

During an Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in December 1979, Lillie played with an aluminium bat (ComBat) manufactured by a company owned by his friend. There were no rules against such usage at that time so no one could question him. The real trouble started when the opposition captain complained about the bat damaging the ball. Greg Chappell captain of Australia asked Lillie to change his bat to wooden bat immediately. 

Graphite bat

In late 2005, the MCC scrutinized Ricky Ponting's use of the Kahuna (a type of graphite reinforced bat), after complaints that the bat provided unfair advantage to the batsman. In 2006, MCC went on to ban graphite-coated bats (including Kookaburra's Kahuna, Genesis Hurricane and the Beast) in international cricket. Other than Ponting, this bat was also used by Damien Martyn, Justin Langer, and Sanath Jayasuriya. 

A postal cover was issued on 06-11-1987 during Reliance Cup-1987 where the cachet of the cover shows the evolution of cricket bat from the 1740s to 1900s.

The special postal  cover on “Kashmir willow” was issued on 13-09-2021 by J & K Postal Circle, Srinagar. Kashmir Willow is locally named as “Vir” and is brownish in color.The wood is tough,strong and light in weight is being used in the manufacturing of cricket bat. Some famous crickets who have used bats made of Kashmir willow are Sachin Tendulkar from India and Sir Vivian Richards from West Indies.

As part of “one district one product “initiative by government of India to step forward towards realizing the true potential of a district, fuel economic growth and generate employment and rural entrepreneurship, taking us to the goal of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. A special postal cover was issued by U.P postal circle on 29-09-2021 at Meerut, with cancellation depicting the cricket bats. Meerut in Uttar Pradesh (India) is one of the largest producers of sports goods and known as the “Sports city of India”. The sports goods manufactured here are not only supplied nationally but are also exported internationally.

-Ganesh. K : Email :

New issues from other countries


29 July 2022 : 2022 Children’s Philately - Armenian Cartoons


27 July 2022 : 2022 Birdpex - Protected Bird Species

Great Britain

28 July 2022 : Birmingham Commonwealth Games

The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games, a mass celebration of sport throughout the Commonwealth dating back to 1930, takes place between 28 July and 8 August 2022. Held in Birmingham and the West Midlands for the first time, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games features 19 sports and 8 para sports, with 72 nations and territories coming together to compete in 283 medal events.

The set of eight stamps have a distinctive design showcasing eight exciting sports including para sports, which are integrated into the main Games rather than a separate Para event afterwards. All the products carry the official Games logo hologram. We have also collaborated with The Royal Mint to produce a coin cover featuring both the official Stamps and 50p Coin of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


9 September 2022 Crypto Stamp

After the successful launch of the first crypto stamp last year, Philately Liechtenstein is continuing its blockchain series with Stamp 4.1 "Equality" (face value: CHF 9.00). The wet-glue postage stamp contains an SQR code that connects the analogue with the digital world.

By scanning the printed SQR code, the collector is taken to a website where he can find the serial number of his personal stamp and learn more about the stamp and the history it contains. The stamp can be scanned and checked (verified) to ensure it is authentic with the related app. Through the authenticity check, the stamps are uniquely assigned to their owners before they are anchored in a personal data room in blockchain technology.

An additional fun factor is the puzzle world included in the app, where users can learn more about the history and rise of the Princely House of Liechtenstein. Both historical events and current topics are covered at the same time. Digital puzzles also bridge the gap between tradition and modernity and are waiting to be solved by the young and old.

New Zealand

6 July 2022 : artworks from the IHC Art Awards

About the stamps:

$1.70 Matthew Tonkin, ‘Aeroplane’ - Matthew’s screen print, the L’affare People’s Choice Award winner in 2021, was created at Two4nine art studio in Auckland. It is the result of his time spent mastering techniques and experimenting with colours and his own unique designs.

$3.00 Katie McMillan, ‘Colourful Unicorn’ - “I love all the bright colours and making this. I hope when people see it, they are happy,” says Katie about her 2020 winning artwork, which is made from coloured acrylic pompoms over a paper-mâché support, mounted on a shield.

$3.80 Malachi Oldridge, ‘My Nani as a Māori Girl’ - Malachi won in 2019 with a graphite pencil drawing on paper, paying tribute to his grandmother. The artwork is influenced by the late E. Mervyn Taylor’s artwork, ‘Māori Girl (Hina)’.

$5.10 Charlize Wilson, ‘Looking Out from the Inside’ - Charlize was only 13 when she won the L’affare People’s Choice Award in 2018 for her acrylic piece. She says art helps her “be herself” and that she likes doing art, “because it’s so much fun”.

About IHC

IHC is New Zealand’s leading provider of services for people with intellectual disabilities. The organisation advocates for the rights, inclusion, and welfare of all people with intellectual disabilities and supports them to live satisfying lives in the community.

The IHC Art Awards remains an annual highlight as a showcase for the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.Entries are open to New Zealanders aged 13 or over with an intellectual disability or intellectual disability and autism regardless of whether they use IHC, IDEA Services or Choices NZ services.


29 July 2022 : Humming Birds

Romfilatelia introduces into circulation on Friday, July 29th, this year a new issue under the generic name “Hummingbirds”, inviting collectors of the Fauna theme to the wonderful world of the smallest birds in the world, which, despite their small size, are extremely fast and intelligent. The issue includes four stamps, four minisheets, a First Day Cover and for the passionate of maximaphily, a set of four different maxicards.

29 July 2022 : Humming Bird

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Recent Awards

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INPEX 2019, Mumbai - Silver

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CG International Philatelic Promotion Award 2014, Germany - ( 4th Position)

INPEX 2013, Mumbai - Vermeil

SHARJAH 2012, Sharjah ( UAE ) - Silver Bronze

IPHLA 2012, Mainz - Germany : Bronze

NDIPEX 2011 - World Stamp Exhibition, New Delhi - Bronze

JOBURG 2010 - 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition, Johannesburg - Silver Bronze

PORTUGAL 2010 - World Stamp Exhibition, Lisbon - Bronze

Hong Kong 2009 -23rd Asian International Stamp Exhibition, Hong Kong - Silver Bronze

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