A commemorative postage stamp on Kandukuri Veeresalingam :
Issued on Jul 15, 1974
Issued for : The Posts and Telegraphs Department is privileged to issue a stamp in honour of this great social reformer and scholar.
Picture : The stamp is vertical and depicts the portrait of the Kandukuri Veeresalingam.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Red Brown
Denomination : 25 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.56 x 2.50 cms.
Perforation : 13
Stamps Printed : 3 Million in sheets of 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printers : India Security Press
Name : Rao Bahadur Kandukuri Veeresalingam
Born on Apr 16, 1848 at Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Andhra Pradesh, India
Died on May 27, 1919
- Kadukuri Veeresalingam was a born crusader against social evils. As a social reformer, he stirred public conscience for the improvement of Women’s status, uplift of Harijans and the removal of various social taboos. A man of action and firm determination he heralded a social revolution in Andhra. He is to Andhra what Ram Mohan Roy is to India in a larger sense.
- Born on April 16, 1848, Veeeresalingam lost his father at a tender age and was brought up by his uncle. Even as a pupil in the primary school, he opposed meaningless customs and religious beliefs. Later in life he was a school teacher. He fought valiantly against orthodoxy and waged a long-drawn battle for the rights of women to education, mariage of widows and the abolition of child marriage. He campaigned against the caste system and encouraged inter-caste marriages. He waged a battle against untouchability. He took up the case of the poor and the downtrodden and fought corruption in administration. Veeresalngam was also a man of great erudition. He wrote playlets and essays in single Telugu, dealing with social evils. He stated Telugu journalists, and through their pages advocated various causes for social reform. He breathed his last on May 27, 1919.