The earliest mailing system in India is mentioned in Atharveda VI-27, VI-28. It mentions use of Owl & Pigeon as messenger. Mauryan kings used to despatch secret info. amongst their provinces thru runners. @indiapostoffice @postofficeindia Small #thread
Ibn Batuta c.1333 writes that Indian Post is called Varid. These were two types - El Wolak and El Davah 1. El Wolak - Dak was carried by horse, the delivery time was 5 days from Multan to Delhi 2. El Davah - Dak was carried by foot runners the delivery time was 50 days
Daks And Dak Chaukis (fixed postal stations) in India were quite distinct from the concept of a Britishers post office. Britishers suppressed Indian Dak system to establish their monopoly. The post office served as messenger btw England and India. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/001946469403100303
Warren Hastings (Governor General of British India from 1773-1784) opened the posts to the public in March 1774.
The Post Office Act (1837) reserved the government the right to convey letters in the territories of the East India Company. It was later modified into a service under the Crown in 1854 by Dalhousie who introduced uniform postage rates. @indiapostoffice @postofficeindia
The first postal stamp in India was introduced on 1 July 1852 in the Scinde district.
Set of stamps marking the Inauguration of New Delhi, 1931
First set of independent stamps 1947
The Postal Index Number (PIN, or sometimes redundantly PIN code) a six-digit postal was made by Shriram Bhikaji Velankar and was introduced on 15 August 1972
Indian post proposed a 12 digit unique identification number to each and every address in India based on geo coordinates. Draft approach paper on Digital Address Code was issued by Indian Post for public comments.
Currently, Indian Post @IndiaPostOffice is in deep losses. However, given its reach and manpower base, they can do wonders. @narendramodi @PIB_India
Src https://www.postalmuseum.org/collections/postal-history-india/ https://www.indiapost.gov.in/VAS/Pages/PostalHistory.aspx https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/av.htm https://sapost.blogspot.com/2012/12/indian-postal-service.html?m=1 https://www.indiapost.gov.in/Documents/PostalHistory/FIRST_POSTAGE_STAMP_1852.pdf