Silk Letter Movement (Tehreek-e-Reshmi Rumal)

President’s speech on the release of commemorative postage stamp dedicated to this movement:

  • This movement was a plan to mobilize the support of the governments of Afghanistan and Turkey in organizing a revolt within India to overthrow the British rule.
  • Obaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Mahmood Hasan were two important leaders of this movement.(Both were Deobandis)
  • 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.
  • This chapter in the national struggle reflects its multifaceted nature: how people of various persuasions, following different ideologies, presented a multipronged resistance to foreign rule.

The regular India Postage Stamps were introduced in October 1854 during the tenure of Governor General Lord Dalhousie. These were red lithographed stamps of one anna and blue lithographed stamps of half anna, bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria. This symbolism of British Monarchy came to an end with India gaining independence on 15th August, 1947. It was a proud moment when the greeting “Jai Hind” figured on the first three stamps issued by free India.


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