V. Venkatasubba Reddiar
A commemorative postage stamp on V. Venkatasubba Reddiar, 2nd Chief Minister of Pondicherry (Puducherry) (1964-67, 1968) :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 11, 2011
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on V. Venkatasubba Reddiar.
Stamp/FDC/Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi color
Denomination : 500 Paisa
Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printers : SSP Hyderabad
Name : V. Venkatasubba Reddiar
Born on Dec 18, 1909 at Pondicherry, India
Died on Jun 6, 1982
- V. Venkatasubba Reddiar was born on 18 December 1909 to Sri Vaithilingam Reddiar and Smt. Vemalammal. He was a pioneer in the freedom struggle to liberate Puducherry from the French rule. Elected Mayor of Nettapakkam in 1946, he along with the Mayor of Puducherry Shri K. Muthu Pillai raised slogans against the French asking them to leave Puducherry demanding that Puducherry should be merged with the Indian Union. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru directed the leaders to form a parallel government against the French and to revolt against the French Government.
- This was a novel attempt to form parallel government against a foreign power. Thus 12 leaders, including V. Venkatasubba Reddiar, formed the parallel government on 31 March 1954. They intensified the freedom movement. Finally, the then Prime Minister of France had a dialogue with Nehru, Prime Minister of India. As a result of this the French Government had agreed to merge Puducherry with the Indian Union on 13th October 1954. Puducherry got freedom from French rule on 1st November 1954. In the new Assembly, which started on 01.07.1963, V. Venkatasubba Reddiar became the Public Works Minister. In the subsequent elections, V. Venkatasubba Reddiar was elected and went on to become the Chief Minister. He held the post from 11.09.1964 to 08.04.1967 and again form 06.03.1968 to 17.09.1968.
- V. Venkatasubba Reddiar served Puducherry in different capacities. As the President of the Pondicherry State Cooperative Bank, he implemented many schemes which earned him appreciation and came to be regarded as “Father of Cooperative Movement in Puducherry”. He passed away on 6th of June 1982.
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