India celebrates her 68th year of independence today, and Google has dedicated a doodle on its homepage to this special occasion. The doodle marks the Indian Independence Day by featuring the first postage stamp of the freedom era.
The first postage stamp was issued on November 21, 1947, and was worth three and half annas. In terms of design, it is quite simple compared to the more elaborate stamps we see today. It depicts the Indian flag fluttering in the sky, with the slogan Jai Hind (Long Live India) written in the top right corner.
The word “Google” too is painted in tri-color. The letter ‘G’ colored in saffron, the first ‘O’ depicted by the Ashoka Chakra on the stamp, a government postal stamp forming the second ‘O’, and finally the last three letters are colored in green.
At the time of independence, there were 23,344 post offices, which were primarily in urban areas. Since then, the network has registered a sevenfold increase, with the expansion primarily in rural areas. On an average, one post office serves an area of 21.23 sq km and a population of 7,114 people. India is believed to have the most widely distributed postal system in the world, China being second in line. India thus possess a long and varied postal history and has managed to produce a large number of postage stamps.
Last year, Google had messed up a bit with the Independence Day doodle by using a shade of yellow instead of saffron . This created an uproar on social media. However, they quickly rectified their mistake and changed the colour.