Major Battle Theaters of India in World War I

The First World War was a truly global conflict and involved many Commonwealth countries that made huge sacrifices vital to Britain’s war effort. Though India was a British Colony at that time, it actively supported the war effort in its bid to gain Dominion status/Independence from the British Raj and contributed immensely to numerous battlefields around the globe. Continue reading History through Philately – Major Battle Theaters of India in World War I

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Goa is the smallest Indian state which lies on the south-western coast of India within the region known as the Konkan. Geographically Goa is separated from the Deccan highlands by of the Western Ghats. The beauty of Goa attracted many powerful traders, merchants, seafarers, dynasties, and missionaries as it was one of the major trading centres of India. Although the present-day the state of Goa was established in the year 1987; but before the establishment of Goa; Goa was ruled by many dynasties like the Bhojas, Mauryas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Shilaharas, Kadambas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, the Vijayanagara and Adil Shahi dynasties. Amongst all these dynasties today we will discuss the Kadambas of Goa.

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Settlement and farming lead to great development in human history. The gradual progress increased the necessity of protection which further resulted in fortification. The first fortified city was the Proto-city of Jericho and since then fortification became an important part of many major cities in the world. The main aspects of fortification are the grand doors that help these fortified towns to supervise, cooperate and protect. According to the literary sources like Arthashastra and Adnyapatra, a door should be made at the weakest part of any fortified city or a fort so it can be well protected. In the later period as the trade Continue reading Chronicle’s of mammoth doors on stamp

In this blog we will trace the Nobel Laureates on Indian Stamps.

We all have heard of Nobel Prizes and the Nobel Prize winners too. Winning a Nobel Prize is a life-changing honour. Whether the laureate is an internationally known figure or a scientist or an activist plucked from obscurity, the award brings with it worldwide recognition that highlights one’s life work and provides the funds to continue and further the mission. In this blog we will trace the Nobel Laureates on Indian Stamps. But before we go into it, let’s know more about Alfred Nobel and how and why he started these awards in first place.

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Welcome to yet another chapter of our series “Banknotes of the Countries from across the world”. Though banknotes by their very definition are a type of a negotiable promissory note, made by a bank, payable to the bearer on demand, they are artistic treasures in their own right. All the countries are no doubt proud of their history and heritage and proudly boast about them on their currency notes. Currency notes and their designs and reason behind their issuance are in itself a topic of great interest and study. Hence we will discuss various such interesting and unique banknotes of the world.

 

In this part we are going to look at the banknotes of Madagascar. To read the previous parts of the “Banknote of the world” series, click here.

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“The main task before India today is to consolidate herself into a well-knit and united power”

Born on 31st October 1875 in (Nadiad) Gujarat, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a simple man who took on the hard job of amalgamating over 552 Princely States into one nation, India! Known as the ‘Iron Man’ of India, Sardar Patel lived a simple life and had very good diplomatic skills. Today let’s see how and why Sardar Patel got the epithet of ‘Iron Man’!

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American National Forests on Coins

The forest is considered as the piece of land with many trees, animals and other flora and fauna vertebrates. We all depend on the forest, sometimes in the air we breathe or in the woods to make our furniture. Forest provided habitat not only for animals but also for all living organisms. The ecosystem of forest plays a vital role in offering watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change. Forest also plays a vital role in stabilizing the climate; providing food and water for all living organisms, wood products, and medicines; and for supporting the world’s biodiversity. We all depend on forests, whether directly or indirectly for our livelihood. Besides forest plays an important role in our day-to- day life we can see that the quantity of forest in getting existent. Keeping this in mind the importance of Forest America had issued coins with the theme of forest. So, today we will discuss some of the commemorative coins of the USA that depict American National Forests on coins.

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Life Story of Sardar Patel

“My only desire is that India should be a good producer and no one should be hungry, shedding tears for food in the country”. Once in a generation there comes an intellectual leader and visionary, who aims for the skies while feet firmly on the ground, mind made of diamond and fists made of iron, whose passion and sharp mind sculpted today’s India. This is the Life Story of Sardar Patel narrated with the help of stamps and coins issued by the Government of India. Continue reading Life Story of Sardar Patel

The Revolt of 1857 ended the East India Company rule and the Queen assumed authority over the India. For the next 90 years the British Government ruled about 60% of India directly and the other 40% indirectly through native princes who followed British policies. During this time India went through many changes that were not just political and administrative but also witnessed changing economy and society.

 

Following the shifting of power from Company to British Government, a new series of coins were issued. From 1862 till Indian independence in 1947, coins were minted under the direct authority of the Crown. The British Indian coins were minted in Gold, Silver and Copper with different obverse and reverse die varieties which are helpful in their identification. The most peculiar feature of the British coinage is that they issued coins in two systems i.e. Fractional System and Decimal System.

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