From the Desk of Naresh Agarwal
Asian International Stamp Exhibition to be held on 20-25 November 2012 at Sharjahis the one which was not known to most of the Indian Philatelists who were eligible aspirants andparticipants for the show. The reason being its least rather no publicity in any of the media or medium inIndia. The reason is either known to the organizers or to the PCI and its recruited honorable commissioner.
The unsatisfactory working of old aged commissioners, a few months ago was a burning issue and againanother ill functioning of either its commissioners or PCI itself has put PCI in to the spheres of questions.The news of SHARJAH 2012 was published in blog of Rainbow stamp club on 23.08.2012 informing Indianphilatelists about the exhibition. It was probably for the first time that the publicity of this show was done inIndia in any of the journal or in any way, so to say.
After reading the news some of the philatelists including myself inquired about the show and showed their willingness to participatefrom the commissioner but no reply was given even on repeated mails. Even thesecretariat of organizers failed to respond. What does this mean? What is all this happening? The matter was also brought in to the notice of office bearers of PCI by one of those who just kept mum or tried toprotect the matter setting another example of poor and irresponsible working of PCI or its commissioner who does not have time to reply and where as it was his duty to see that maximum of Indian philatelists getchance to participate in the show.
Let’s review and try to understand the situation. Primarily is it PCI which should be questioned for all this or
the commissioner should be asked about why the matter was not brought in to the notice of Indian philatelicfraternity and Indian philatelists in a proper way so that it reached maximum of the philatelists. I feel it isprimarily the duty of PCI to see that any exhibition is thoroughly and regularly publicized so that itsinformation reaches all the corners of India well in time. There are various modes of publicity such as pressrelease, e-magazines and journals, information to various philatelic societies, information through philatelicbureaus, information to the previous participants of National and International level (details of whom is
supposed to be with PCI), etc etc…
Now, if we think about commissioner’s action, it is felt and some questions come in
to mind such as :
PCI has proper control over commissioner’s action apart from his selection?
b) Whether PCI has given any proper guide lines to commissioner
in this respect
or maybe the
commissioner is free to accept any guide line, if given to him?
c) Whether commissioner has been authorized to contact only those philatelists whom he
d) Whether out of all the eligible exhibits, the c
ommissioner is free to select any one’s
exhibit whom he wishes to. This means either he
is competent to judge (or have prior information) which exhibit is suitable for particular exhibition. But one must appreciatethat the commissioner should have whole information about all eligible philatelists in thecountry ?
e) We understand and wish that the commissioner should represent his country with asmuch exhibits as possible because that will give maximum philatelists opportunity toparticipate but it appears that who, whom, how and how many are
all at the will