The 3rd state-level philatelic exhibition — ‘Parindey-2012’ opened at the Apparel House here on Tuesday. The exhibition will be on till February 23.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner Dr SY Quraishi and Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena was the guest of honour.
Over 400 children from about 15 schools took part in the exhibition.
The event also saw participation from many reputed philatelists, who will showcase their prize-winning exhibits.
Nearly 200 rare stamps were put on display and were a visual treat for the visitors.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a philatelic exhibition here Tuesday, Dr Quraishi, said, “If you love democracy, do not hate politicians. A large number of voters in cities and towns do not vote, which is unfortunate. These people keep sitting in their homes and cursing the politicians. Do they have a right to do so?” he asked.
Stating that India had a number of good politicians, he added, “We have good politicians because of whose policies India is marching towards becoming a superpower.” “It is right of every voter to exercise his franchise and contribute in the government’s formation. The Election Commission makes efforts for free and fair polling,” he added.
Dr SY Quraishi also released a special cover featuring Sultanpur bird sanctuary.
A feature of the event will be ‘My Stamp’ where participants can get their own pictures printed as stamp. This ‘My Stamp’ counter will be for the first time in Gurgaon.
My Stamp can be used for postal charges on mail items which will cost R300 for set of 12 stamps, he said.
While addressing the gathering, deputy commissioner PC Meena said, “People collect stamps not only for their designs, but the stories that they tell. They are the windows of a nation.”