A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Burgula Ramkrishna Rao :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 13, 2000
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.4 Million in sheets of 40
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Burgula Ramakrishna Rao
Born on Mar 13, 1899 at Padakallu Village, Kalwakurthy, Hyderabad State [now in Telangana, India]
Died on Sep 15, 1967 at Hyderabad, Telangana, India
- Dr. Burgula Ramakrishna Rao (1899-1967) was the first elected Chief Minister of erstwhile Hyderabad State and a leader of the Freedom Movement in the state.
- He started his career as a lawyer in Hyderabad and made a name as a prominent constitutional lawyer who never hesitated to take up the cause of freedom fighters in the courts. Later, joining the National Movement, Dr. Rao led the historic struggle against the Nizam for the merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union along with Swami Ramanand Thirtha and other leaders. He was one of the founder members of the Hyderabad State Congress. He presided over the third Andhra Mahasabha conference at Devarkonda in 1931 and was responsible for creating a great awakening among the people of Telangana for their rights. He exhibited great leadership and organisational qualities as the first General Secretary of the state political conference and convenor of Hyderabad People’s Conference (Praja Parishad).
- Due to his prominent role in ‘Quit India Movement‘ in 1942 and again for his participation in the Freedom Struggle in 1947, he was arrested by the Nizam. K. M. Munshi, the then Agent of India in Hyderabad state, spoke of his great contribution for the timely ‘police action’ by India against the Nizam who ultimately surrendered to the Indian Forces on 17th September, 1948. In the first General Elections in Hyderabad State in 1952, Dr. Rao was elected from Shadnagar constituency and later took over the reign of the State as the Chief Minister. He took several significant steps for the welfare of the people, including the historic ‘land reforms’ in the state.