Monday, August 3, 2009

Bangladesh – 1st Issue of Stamps

On the 29th of July 2009 was the 38th Anniversary of the First issue of stamps by Bangladesh. I would like to display a First Day Cover commemorating this occasion. The First President and founder of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is featured on one of the stamps. It will be observed that the date of cancellation is almost six months before the surrender of the Pakistan army to the Indian Armed Forces, which ultimately led to the birth of independent Bangladesh. Interestingly, the cancellation only mentions the Central Post Office Bangladesh, without mentioning the place of cancellation. Obviously, the said Post Office was somewhere underground.

Incidentally, I had the good fortune of landing on Enemy territory, at Cox Bazaar in East Pakistan a day before the surrender on 17th December 1971. I was serving on INS Brahmaputra as the Signals and Communications Officer. The Indian Fleet had landed me ashore with another fellow officer and some communications Branch sailors to set up a Communications Post for future naval operations if any. My three days stay at Cox Bazaar was incident filled, and would form part of another story, some other day and in some other place.

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