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A Sikh Stamp: The only Cancelled Miniature till date of India.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs is an inherent character of India’s culture comprising the hymns derived from the teachings of various saints and poets across the country along with the teachings of the Sikh Gurus. It conveys the collective religious and spiritual knowledge of the Indian society.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the First Prakash Utsav or the 400 years of the compilation and installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in 2004, the Posts and Telegraphs Department of India designed a Rs.10 special stamp. To highlight the importance of the occasion the department also created a sheet and a miniature sheet along with the first day cover. The stamp portrayed the Sri Guru Granth Sahib lying open with a chaurior a flying whisk in front of it. Above it is mentioned the number of years along with the specific dates in numerals and on top is written the name of the holy book in both Hindi and English.

The concept and design of the stamp was strongly objected by the Akal Takht, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). They had valid reasons to do so. First of all, since Sri Guru Granth Sahib is referred as a living Guru of Sikhs, therefore as per the Sikh maryada or Sikh code of conduct no photograph can be printed in any form and that too on a stamp accessible to public at large. Secondly, the scripture is shown without a rumala or a piece of cloth to cover the holy book. As such this disturbed the sentiments of the Sikhs on the whole.

As such, to avoid any further controvercies this stamp was finally cancelled and immediately retracted from all head post offices by the Department of Posts across the country. In fact, to avoid such controversies the Department of Posts has been directed to consult the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) before designing stamps on religious matters of the notified minority communities like Christians, Muslims, Parsis, Sikhs and Buddhists, in future.
Even though the stamp was not released officially, the miniature sheets, first day covers and the sheet lets are possessed by numerous collectors and dealers. No other stamp has been released in lieu of this till date.
To collect this stamp – get in touch with Kheyati Philately.
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