Monday, December 26, 2011

Guv releases Vijay Hazare's postal envelope

Dear Comrades,

VADODARA: The late Vijay Hazare finally got a fitting tribute on Friday when a postal envelope with a photo of the Sachin Tendulkar of yesteryears was inaugurated by Gujarat governor Dr Kamla in the city. Hazare's son Ranjit expressed pleasure over the initiative but said that much more could have been done for his father whose contribution to Indian cricket isn't recognized in India.
"We are very happy that the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) and postal department has come out with the envelopes printed with images of Vijay Hazare. But, much more could have been done. hasn't done anything to recognise Hazare's greatness," said Ranjit and added that his father was respected much more in England and other cricket playing nations.

"Hazare was more like a family member for us as he had a job of looking after us eight brothers and sisters. And, it wasn't an easy job," recalled Ranjitsinh Gaekwad, scion of royal family. The two-day postal GUJPEX exhibition is underway at Akota town hall wherein personal collection of stamps is put on display. Apart from Beniwal, chief post master general, Humera Ahmed and Gaekwad attended the function. The postal envelopes of GSFC with images of banyan tree and National Institute of Design (NID) too were released. These envelopes will be sold during the exhibition.
"Collection of stamps in our country has gone down over years due to influx of satellite television. But, in developed countries, philately is still a hobby," Ahmed said.
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