Periyar propagated the principles of rationalism, self-respect, women’s rights and eradication of caste. He opposed the exploitation and marginalisation of the non-Brahmin indigenous Dravidian peoples of South India and the imposition of, what he considered, Indo-Aryan India. His work has greatly revolutionised Tamil society and has significantly removed caste-based discriPeriyar propagated the principles of rationalism, self-respect, women’s rights and eradication of caste. He opposed the exploitation and marginalisation of the non-Brahmin indigenous Dravidian peoples of South India and the imposition of, what he considered, Indo-Aryan India. His work has greatly revolutionised Tamil society and has significantly removed caste-based discrimination. He is also responsible for bringing new changes to the Tamil alphabet. The citation awarded by the UNESCO described Periyar as "the prophet of the new age, the Socrates of South East Asia, father of social reform movement and arch enemy of ignorance, superstitions, meaningless customs and base manners"...
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periyar a political biography of e v ramasamy Reviews
"When I started the Self-Respect Movement, we had five basic goals - to destroy God, Gandhi, Congress, Religion and Brahmins. of these, Gandhi is dead; Congress too is gone. God's condition is laughable. But when we pass laws to allow anyone to become priests, they get it annulled. We should change this state of affairs."- Periyar in his last speech in Chennai, 1973A Brief unbiased account on the history of politics of the state, Tamil nadu and the consequences of the happenings are well expressed through the the author's witty research. Unfortunately or fortunately, the Author didn't analyse the actions of the leader so just up with the facts and happenings. The Author also couldn't analyze some of the claims believed by people mostly by the political motivation of some. As indicated unbiased already, the book not only accounted the fame period but also the negative things the leader gone through like his antibrahmin riots and his authoritative nature.EV Ramasamy known widely as Periyar was the greatest iconolocast rationalistic leader who totally influenced the local political front with his empirical, socialistic ideologies. It is even high tedious and dangerous to carry out his protest methodologies to stand up for a cause. The society may never have another person like him influencing people and politics.A Good book to know about the political history of Tamil nadu and it just starts with this man.Bala Jeyaraman started out as a software engineer, but ended up staying home reading books sleeping late and writing some.
From the day I saw "Iruvar", I had always wanted to read about Tamil Nadu politics. The stories told by my Chennai-wala friends only further piqued my interest. But truth be told, that was not the reason why I started out to read this book. I don't even remember how this book got into my to-read list.When I started reading the book, I had not yet realized that I was reading a biography about the father of Tamil Nadu politics. Periyar was a through and through revolutionary with ideas that were way beyond his time. His moves and measures were too extreme for that time, or even today for that matter. But despite all his activities early on, the real game started once Anna came into picture. I don't know whether it was a problem with how the author told his or it was me reading it wrong, Periyar's losses where greater in number than his wins, but then how did he gather all his followers. It felt as if Anna was the real hero in this book, while Periyar was just means to an introduction for the titular character.But I still cannot fathom that it was this single man, who started it all, AIADMK, DMK, everything. His actions made sure that Tamil Nadu will continue to have their home-grown parties ruling them. It was also interesting to know that the many things that seemed weird to me in Chennai made proper sense after I read this, like how Tamils don't generally have surnames - it was because of Periyar!! That said if anyone would like to start upon Tamil Nadu politics, you should start out with the biography of Periyar, the Socrates of South Asia
A very balanced biography of the much revered political leader of Tamil Nadu. Just like any other leader he had his good points and his warts. As the author rightly says he is neither the saint that his followers make him out to be, nor is he a demon which his detractors make him out to be. He was an ordinary man who succumbed to the normal human temptation of attempting to make the whole world see things from his point of view.The good part was that he wanted a society where everybody is equal irrespective of caste, creed, religion or gender. Some of the stance that he took were militant, like cutting off the tufts and sacred thread of the brahmins. It is arguable if they really deserved it. And in the later part of his life he seems to have become power crazy, power to bring his dreams to reality.The other deified leader who has been brought down to earth in this book is Rajagopalachari. Many think he was a paragon of virtue, but this book brings out the shades of grey in him as well.A eminently readable book.
DONT FALL FOR THIS. IT IS A FUCKING WIKIPEDIA ENTRY. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME. I SPENT 290 RUPEES FOR THIS. TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY RUPEES. YEP
Initially I thought it will be biased towards Periyar. Like Periyar, the author is honest in writing about him and didn't confine to praising only