First Day Cover

Prior to the World War II period, Indians in Singapore and Malaya retained strong political, sentimental and economic ties with their home country. Anti-colonial thoughts and actions, inspired by the “call for freedom” in India, resonated in the region too. Radio broadcasts, newspaper reports and visits by nationalist leaders strengthened the nationalistic mood among the migrant Indian community. The Indian National Army and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose brought to the fore this spirit of nationalism. This collection provides rare documentary evidence of the involvement of the region's Indian community in the Indian National Army and the Indian Independence League, the army's fund raising arm. This is a First Day cover printed by the Indian Posts and Telegraph department in commemoration of Netaji’s 67th Birth Anniversary, printed with an image of the INA monument on the front. Azad Hind stamps are pasted by the side, with three dummy postal marks bearing the words Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the outer circumference while the centre states the location – Netaji Bhavan, Calcutta.