A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Dr. Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (M.G.R.), 3rd Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1977-80, 1980-87), founder of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) :
Issued by India
Issued on Jan 17, 2017
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Dr. M. G. Ramachandran.
Stamp / FDC / Brochure / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 1500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 407190
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran
Born on Jan 17, 1917 at Kandy, British Ceylon [now Sri Lanka]
Died on Dec 24, 1987 at Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
- Dr. M. G. Ramachandran who was affectionately known as “Puratchi Talaivar” (Revolutionary Leader) was born on 17.01.1917 to M. Gopala Krishna Menon and Sathyabama in Kandy, Sri Lanka. After debuting films in 1940, he had an extremely successful stint of more than 35 years in the Tamil film industry. He was introduced to Perarignar Anna in the year 1952 and was closely associated with him thereafter. The latter had a deep influence on MGR, who in turn considered Annadurai as his mentor. It was his association with Annadurai that let MGR to venture into politics. He became a part of Annadurai’s DMK, a Dravidian political party. He was elected as a Member of Legislative Assembly from Parangimali Constituency in the year 1967. Dr. M. G. Ramachandran started the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) Party in the year 1972 and became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in the year 1977. He was the first popular Indian actor to serve as Chief Minister for three consecutive terms never having lost an election, till he breathed his last on 24.12.1987.
- Dr. M. G. Ramachandran was one of the most illustrious, charismatic and popular Chief Ministers of the State of Tamil Nadu. He is remembered nationally and internationally for having launched several innovative welfare programmes which have become model schemes implemented throughout the country. His policies were directed for social welfare and economic growth. He came up with several educational reforms, upgraded the free meal scheme, banned liquor and preserved the state’s cultural heritage thus attracting tourism. The “Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Nutritious Meal Programme” implemented in all schools in Tamil Nadu has been commended by the Hon’ble Supreme Court and it was ordered to be replicated across the country. Dr. M. G. Ramachandran laid the foundation for the rapid socio-economic growth that the State of Tamil Nadu has witnessed in the last three decades. He established a number of Universities in the State including the Tamil University, Mother Theresa Women’s University and the Bharathidasan University. He hosted the fifth World Tamil Conference.
- The Government of India honoured Dr. M. G. Ramachandran with the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna for his unparalleled public service.
- Dr. M. G. Ramachandran continues to be an inspirational figure who is always remembered for his qualities of magnanimity, generosity, commanding leadership and determination to fight for the legitimate rights of people. Dr. M. G. Ramachandran’s life story continues to inspire millions to strive for the greater public good through dedicated service.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.