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The Indian National Flag Unfurled Through Philately

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  • author : Sekhar Chakrabarti
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Sekhar Chakrabarti attempts something entirely original in The Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately. An acclaimed philatelist, he combines his love for stamps with his passion for vexillological research in this book. The result is a vivid account of the journey of flags in India, brilliantly illustrated with pictures of stamps depicting flags. The pictures trace an account of the early Indian rulers, the European colonisers, the struggle for Independence, to finally arrive at the present tricolour. Chakrabarti has also covered other aspects of the flag, such as its role in the field of sports, at sea and at international forums. He has further discussed etiquettes and protocols concerning flags. All this is done with the spotlight firmly fixed on the Indian national flag. The illustrations are not simply confined to display of flags on stamps alone. There are pictures of rare first day covers (FDC), Cinderella labels, miniature sheets, sheet watermarks, autographed commemorative stamps and various other postal stationery. Eminent personalities who have contributed to the shaping of the tricolour find pride of place in the illustrations. Sekhar Chakrabarti has used his own enviable collection of philatelic material to weave an engaging account of the history of flags through the medium of philately.   About Author: Sekhar Chakrabarti is an internationally famed senior philatelist and postal history collector. Born in 1946, he began collecting stamps in the early 1960s when 'Thematic Philately' as a discipline was in its infancy in India. His other passion is Vexillology, which he has clubbed into his philatelic collections. His collection 'Flags on Stamps' have been highly appreciated and brought laurels to the country from several international stamp exhibitions held under the auspicesof the Federation Internationale de Philatelie (FIP). His name found a place in the Lillica Book of Records for his collections of most stamps issued from foreign countries featuring the Indian national flag. He has curated philatelic exhibitions on Rabindranath Tagore in Kolkata and Cairo (Egypt) organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He has also served as a jury member at several philatelic exhibitions organised by the Dept. of Posts and other philatelic organisations. He is at present a retired engineer and lives in Kolkata.   Review : Shri Sekhar Chakrabarti's innovative book tells us the fascinating history of the Indian flag through the medium of stamps. It is a fine blend of painstaking research and a dedicated pursuit of philately. The stamps reveal a visual message from the past and the text lucidly transports us through the process by which the. Indian national flag had its birth. I congratulate the author for giving us this treasure of a book. Bharati Ray Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Govt. of India  


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