India’s Struggle for Freedom Series

When I restarted my hobby, I picked up the thread on my collection of stamps from India’s Struggle for Freedom series. I had originally posted about this in Jun 2016. Since then I have finally managed to complete this series. Technically it took me 34 years to complete this series, since I bought the first stamps from the post office when they were issued :-).

Different sources on the Internet provide varied information about this series on India’s Struggle for Freedom. One source talks about the series starting in 1983 with the ambition of issuing 4-6 stamps each year until 1997, marking the 50th year of India’s Independence.

The Philacent India catalog lists seven series from 1983 to 1989 with 44 stamps as India’s Struggle for Freedom series, with similar design of tricolor on the edges commemorating a freedom fighter personality. Post 1989, there have been a few stamps with tricolor being used in the stamp sometimes on the edge, sometimes in another way, but none like the design of tricolor on both edges. Also the catalog doesn’t list the other issues as part of the Struggle for Freedom series.

The official India Post website run by the Department of Posts (Ministry of Communication, Govt. of India) lists only the first three stamps in the series as INDIA’S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM. The other stamps are listed as commemorating specific personalities.

Here’s my exhibit for India’s Struggle for Freedom series.

India Struggle for Freedom Series (1983 – 89)

India Struggle for Freedom series: Seven series of 44 stamps issued from 1983 to 1989. The stamps were designed within National Tricolor vertical border. I am missing quite a few stamps from my collection, including all of series 7 that I hope to complete over next few months.

Series
Stamp
Date of Issue
1.        
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 1st Series – 1983
09 August 1983
2.        
09 August 1983
3.        
09 August 1983
4.        
18 October 1983
5.        
15 November 1983
6.        
28 December 1983
7.        
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 2nd Series – 1984
21 February 1984
8.        
23 April 1984
9.        
10 May 1984
10.    
10 May 1984
11.    
10 May 1984
12.    
10 May 1984
13.    
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 3rd Series – 1985
10 January 1985
14.    
21 July 1985
15.    
22 July 1985
16.    
02 December 1985
17.    
23 December 1985
18.    
24 December 1985
19.    
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 4th Series – 1986
14 August 1986
20.    
26 December 1986
21.    
29 December 1986
22.    
30 December 1986
23.    
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 5th Series – 1987
13 February 1987
24.    
18 March 1987
25.    
21 March 1987
26.    
25 April 1987
27.    
17 June 1987
28.    
22 August 1987
29.    
31 December 1987
30.    
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 6th Series – 1988
02 February 1988
31.    
04 February 1988
32.    
27 February 1988
33.    
07 March 1988
34.    
18 June 1988
35.    
19 June 1988
36.    
28 June 1988
37.    
06 September 1988
38.    
06 October 1988
39.    
05 December 1988
40.    
India’s Struggle for Freedom – 7th Series – 1989
02 January 1989
41.    
08 March 1989
42.    
13 April 1989
43.    
13 April 1989
44.    
11 May 1989