Puri: A special cover with the pictures of Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and Founder of Rotary International Paul Percy Harris was released by Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Puri division, here on Sunday.
The cover was unveiled during the two-day annual conference of Rotary RI District 3262 that concluded on Sunday. It was attended by more than 500 delegates from Odisha and other states.
The cover was released in the heritage building of the Main Post Office by Bipin Behari Mohanty, SSPO Puri in the presence of Rotarians Bhabani Prasad Chowdhury, Ashwini Kar, Bijoylaxmi Kar and Prativa Mohanty. Eminent philatelists Anil Dhir and Kashinath Sahoo too were present.
Rotary District Governor Saumya Mishra said that the Object of Rotary International is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” He said that the values of “Seva” can be best emulated from the two great personalities, Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji, who had historical connections with Puri.
Organising secretary of the conference and Rotarian Sanjay Chowdhury said both Netaji”s and Mahatma Gandhi’s links with Puri are documented in history.
Netaji spent a good part of his youth life in the ancestral Janakinath House at Puri. While fighting for the freedom of the country, he had held many meetings at Puri. Mahatma Gandhi too had started his Harijan Padayatra from Puri in 1934.