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First Mourning Cover on Kalam released in Odisha

Bhubaneswar August 9: The Bharat Raksha Manch on Monday released a Special Mourning Cover on former President late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.


The cover was released as a part of the Kranti Divas celebrations held at Bhubaneswar. This is the first mourning cover released on the former President after his death.

Manch president Dr Bimlendu Mohanty, convener Murali Manohar Sharma, Dr Sanjit Panda and secretary of the Eastern India Philatelic Association Anup Kumar Rout released the cover.

The covers are being sent to the Post offices at Shillong, Rameswaram, Sriharikotta, Pokharan, Chandipur and Rashtrapati Bhavan for special cancellations, as these were the places which have associational significance with Kalam’s life. The set of six covers with the cancellations would be available to philatelists by August end.

Mourning covers are black bordered envelopes issued after the death of famous persons. It is a Victorian tradition which was popular in India during the British rule.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Dhir, eminent philatelist, said that the Cover will be a fitting tribute to the great man and his legacy. The issuance of the cover was his brain child; the cover was designed by Kasinath Sahoo another philatelist of eminence. Dhir holds the distinction of possessing the largest number of mourning covers in the world. The collection showcases a wide variety of letters about death, ranging from pre-stamp covers of 1790 to recent ones. These include personal letters, postcards, official notices, funeral notices, death telegrams; church memorial services letters, elegiac letters and gravestone and coffin receipts. The Mourning Cover issued on the death of Mahatma Gandhi fetched Rs 5.75 lakh in a recent auction.


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