1997 - 50 Years of Independence - Proof Set

This Post gives the details of the Proof Set. For UNC Set refer to the Next Post

The year 1997 was saw the release of a commemorative series to mark the 50 years of Independence. There was a proof set and UNC Set released.
The details are;

India attained Independence in the year 1947. The struggle for Independence started way early in the 1850’s. There were many individual resistance movements; however the first war of Independence in 1857 marks the begning of the Independence struggle. The decades following the Rebellion were a period of growing political awareness, manifestation of Indian public opinion and emergence of Indian leadership at national and provincial levels. Dadabhai Naoroji formed East India Association in 1867, and Surendranath Banerjee founded Indian National Association in 1876. Inspired by a suggestion made by A.O. Hume, a retired British civil servant, seventy-three Indian delegates met in Mumbai in 1885 and founded the Indian National Congress. They were mostly members of the upwardly mobile and successful western-educated provincial elites, engaged in professions such as law, teaching, and journalism.
The influences of socio-religious groups such as Arya Samaj (started by Swami Dayanand Saraswati) and Brahmo Samaj (founded, amongst others, by Raja Ram Mohan Roy) became evident in pioneering reform of Indian society. The inculcation of religious reform and social pride was fundamental to the rise of a public movement for complete nationhood. The work of men like Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Sri Aurobindo, Subramanya Bharathy, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Rabindranath Tagore and Dadabhai Naoroji spread the passion for rejuvenation and freedom. The rediscovery of India's glorious past by several European and Indian scholars also led to the rise of nationalism among the Indians.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (also known as Mahatma Gandhi), had been a prominent leader of the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, and had been a vocal opponent of basic discrimination and abusive labour treatment as well as suppressive police control such as the Rowlatt Acts. During these protests, Gandhi had perfected the concept of satyagraha, which had been inspired by the philosophy of Baba Ram Singh (famous for leading the Kuka Movement in the Punjab in 1872). The end of the protests in South Africa saw oppressive legislation repealed and the release of political prisoners by General Jan Smuts, head of the South African Government of the time
Over the next 50 years there were various movements that finally lead to an Independent India in 1947

Proof Set:
Coins of Rs 50 and 50 Paise

UNC Set: 
Coins of Rs 50 and 50 Paise
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