A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Ramchandra Sakharam Ruikar, a pioneer of Indian labour movement :
Issued by India
Issued on May 1, 1995
Issued for : The Department of Posts is privileged to issue a postage stamp in memory of R.S. Ruikar.
Stamp : India Security Press, Nasik
FDC : Ruikar Birth Centenary Celebration Committee, Nagpur
Cancellation : Smt. Alka Sharma, Artist, Dept. of Posts.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single Colour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall Size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing Size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous Un W/M Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 47 cms.
Number of Stamps Printed : 0.6 Million
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press
Name : Ramchandra Sakharam Ruikar
Born on Jan 8, 1895 at Rui, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
- In the course of long and dedicated struggle for emancipation of the workers and participation in the freedom struggle, Ruikar was imprisoned on several occasions, notably after his arrest in connection with the strike of GIP Railways employees in 1930, Model Mill workers strike at Nagpur in 1932, after the fiery speech delivered in the conference of All India Trade Union Congress at Calcutta in 1933 supporting the resolution on freedom for the country, and for his role in the Non-Cooperation and Quit India Movements.
- A powerful orator and a man of indomitable spirit, Ruikar also made his mark in the political field. With the Congress till 1938, he later joined the Forward Bloc under the leadership of Netaji and rose to be its President. In 1946 he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in the then Central Provinces and Berar, and was instrumental in the enactment of labour legislation of far reaching import.
- Text : Ruikar Birth Centenary Celebration Committee & Dictionary of National Biography.