INDIA: Stamp for the centenary of Doot review
On January 15 the Indian Postal department has released a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of the centenary of Jesuit-run Gujarati magazine Doot (cfr. Electronic Bulletin, Vol. XIV, N. 3, 5 February 2010). Doot was started in January 1911 and it is the second Gujarati magazine besides Gujarat Vidyasabha's 155-year-old magazine Buddhiprakash. Over the years the magazine contributed to build the spiritual and intellectual life of the people of Gujarat, instilling in readers the Christian values of love, compassion, justice, peace and brotherhood. Former editor, Jesuit Father Varghese Paul, said Doot helped establish a strong bond among Christians in Gujarat when no communication medium existed, particularly in rural areas, and it continues to be an agent of social and religious change with its commitment against social evils such as the caste system and discrimination in general. With a circulation of more than 10,000, it is read by about 50,000 people in India and among the Indians in the UK and USA.