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Spl Cover to mark Gandhi's 1st Chennai Visit

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The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: Exactly a century ago, Mahatma Gandhi, along with his wife Kasturba, made his first visit to the city. To mark the day, the Department of Posts issued a cover with ‘special cancellation’.

Postmaster General, city region, Merwin Alexander said that Gandhi thematic collection will attract philatelists worldwide. The family members of GA Natesan, an Indian writer and freedom fighter, in whose house Gandhi stayed during his visit, were also present on the occasion.

Mahatma Gandhi had stayed at Natesan’s house on Thambu Chetty Street, George Town and his stay in the city lasted from April 17, 1915 to May 8, 1915.

R Narayanan Natesan hailed the Postal Department’s initiative to mark the occasion. Dr S Pandian, secretary, Gandhi Study Centre, received the first cover with cancellation from Alexander.

Others present were Shyamala Ejji and Balakrishna Das, president of South India Philatelists’ Association. Philatelists across the country will get this special cancellation at their doorstep as India Post has made special arrangements for processing mail orders. “They have to remit a sum of Rs 60 to the Chief Postmaster General, Anna Road Head Post Office by money order or demand draft. The mail orders would be processed by the philatelic bureau at Anna Road, Head Post Office and one embossed envelope with the special cancellation would be sent to the customer by speed post,” said Alexander.

Those interested can contact the Philatelic Bureau through email at chennaiphil@gmail.com or overphone at 28543199.

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