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Government of India released a commemorative postage stamp on the famous 'silk letter movement'.

 

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative postage stamp on 'Silk Letter Movement' today.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the sacrifices of individuals and groups, such as those associated with the silk letter movement, constitute a glorious chapter of India’s history of freedom struggle and need to be acknowledged and appreciated. The President said that he is happy that the Department of Posts has done its bit over the years and has issued postage stamps to acknowledge the contribution of various groups and movements which in their own ways contributed to the overall effort to liberate India.

The movement was a plan to mobilise the support of the governments of Afghanistan and Turkey in organising a revolt within India to overthrow the British rule. Obaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Mahmood Hasan were two important leaders of this movement.

In August 1916, some letters written on silk fell into British hands. It is believed that the silk letters confiscated by British Government contained details of the provisional government of Azad Hind and its plans and a comprehensive scheme of forming an army and getting the support of the Turkish Government.

 

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