The unique contributions of Self Respect Movement, founded by Periyar E.V.R. were recognized by the Government of India by releasing the commemorative postal stamp on his 100th Birthday (1979) with the following citation:
E.V.Ramasami, or E.V.R. as he was popularly known, was born on September 17, 1879 at Erode in Tamil Nadu. He left school at the age of ten and joined his father in business when he was twelve. The patriotic fervour of Ramasami led him to give up his lucrative business and join the Indian National Congress in its struggle for freedom. He became an ardent fighter and came to be closely associated with Rajaji. Ramasami courted imprisonment several times during the freedom movement. The satyagraha (non-violent agitation) he launched at Vaikom in Kerala against the despicable practice of barring entry of people of certain castes into the streets where people of other castes lived was a success and he earned the title 'Vaikkom Hero'. He left the Congress in 1925 and carried on a crusade against the caste-system and advocated (liquor) prohibition. E.V.R. strove for the emancipation of the exploited masses and weaker sections of society.
UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), a functional wing of United Nations Organisation (UNO) has recognised the noble task of Periyar and honoured him with the citation, during his lifetime itself.
The Prophet of the new age;
The Socrates of South East Asia;
Father of the Social Reform Movement;
And enemy of ignorance, superstitions,
meaningless customs and base manners.
Self Respect and Rationalism are the integral traits of every human and his / her effectiveness and happiness are realized in their awareness and actualization