As part of the late President R. Venkataraman's centenary celebrations, a commemorative postage stamp will be released by President Pratibha Patil at a special function in Rashtrapati Bhavan here this Wednesday.
The Department of Posts issues commemorative postage stamps in honour of great leaders of national and international stature.
According to his daughter Lakshmi Venkataraman Venkatesan, the commemorative stamp is “recognition from the institution that my father believed in and loved the most – the nation of India”.
R. Venkataraman, who continues to be affectionately referred to as RV by his colleagues and numerous admirers, made a special mark on contemporary Indian history setting the stage for coalition governments.
Having had the distinction of working with four Prime Ministers including V. P. Singh, Chandra Shekhar and P. V. Narasimha Rao during his five-year term as the eighth President of India, he represented a set of values and cultures that were steeped in the Nehru-Gandhi tradition.
Through his entire career as a politician and as the Head of State, R. Venkataraman always displayed fairplay and dignity, setting a high standard of how people in public domain should serve and work for the betterment of the nation.
The commemorative functions organised from December 2010 onwards to celebrate the birth centenary of the late President saw a wide range of events which patronised art and culture, besides those dealing with academics and spiritualism.
The events saw the participation of social thinkers, politicians, academicians, spiritual and religious leaders and people from arts and culture offering their tribute to the late leader.