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Monday, January 17, 2011

Commemorative postage stamp on Gujarati magazine Doot:

Postal stamp on Doot released

The Indian Postal department has released a commemorative postage stamp on Gujarati magazine Doot, which is published by the Catholic Church since 1911.
The stamp was released on Jan. 15 in Ahmedabad.

The magazine, which has completed a centenary of uninterrupted publication, has contributed in bringing many words spoken in Central Gujarat to the main stream and to Gujarati dictionary.
Jesuit Father Herman Zurhansen of Germany started the magazine in Gujarati with only 12 pages. The first issue came out in January 1911 and was printed at the Examiner Press, Mumbai.
It was initially named as “Ati Pavitra Antakaranno Doot” (Messenger of the Sacred Heart) which was in 2000 shortened to the present name- Doot.
Editors from different countries such as Switzerland, Spain and Germany took charge of the magazine during its last 100 years.
Jesuit Father Basil Lala Parmar was the first Indian editor of the magazine from February 1956 to June 1969.
The magazine has also earned the unique distinction of being the second Gujarati magazine to complete a centenary of uninterrupted publication after Gujarat Vidyasabha’s 155-year-old magazine “Buddhiprakas.”
Source: PIB Press Release

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