Periyar E.V.Ramasamy (1879-1973), a great humanist of unique rationalist approach fought for the equality and equal opportunity for all. All are equal. Birth based discriminations are baseless. Humanism is the core essence of his ideology.
To ensure humanism in every aspect of human life, Periyar founded ‘Self Respect Movement’.
Self – respect is the exclusive trait of every human. In order to ensure self respect, he had to strategically oppose god and religion which discriminate people on the basis of birth.
Strategically he was an atheist and ideologically, a humanist. His rationalist approach and formation of mass movement to propagate the humanist ideology made him distinct from other social revolutionaries.
Dravidar Kazhagam is on the agitational path against the disinvestment policy of Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Tamil Nadu – Neyveli 10th September 2012
Land, Labour and Capital are the vital components of economic activities of the population of any territory. ‘Land’ component is becoming insignificant in the service sectors especially emerging IT and IT enabled services.
They are sending missionaries to eastern Germany. A recent study called ‘Beliefs About God Across Time and Countries’ found that 52.1% of people asked whether they believed in God identified themselves as atheists.
This compared with only 10.3% in western Germany. Indeed, the survey was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 in eastern Germany who believed in God.
Obviously there are some – I think I may have even met some once – but the survey was unable to find them. On the face of it this is an extraordinary finding and it is something that needs some careful explanation.
Letter dated 15-09-2012 written by R.Sengalvarayan, Formerly Vice-President of the Rationalists’ Forum of Cheyyar.
Chennai IIT – The stronghold of Brahmins
“If Periyar and Dr.Ambedkar have not fought for the development of SCs and BCs. I would not have been a Professor in IIT, Chennai. I would have been working as a farm labourer in fields.”
This is what Prof. Vasantha Kandasamy, a ‘Kalpana Chawla Award’ winner had to say on the educational conditions of the oppressed communities in Tamil Nadu.
This book comprises a collection of well-researched essays mostly on India’s prominent religious/ethnic minorities. Its editor, a prominent scholar, known for her pioneering work on Indian Christians, who are increasingly becoming the target of hate campaign and ethnic violence in India.
Her extended introduction in the book offers succinct representation of major arguments advanced by its contributors. It also has a commentary on the changing profile of minorities studies, and the various challenges that this sub-discipline faces in India.
What is striking about this book is its attempt to expand the definition of minority by not only including chapters on prominent religious minorities such as Muslims, Christians, Sikhs etc, but also essays that have explored the challenges of minority identity at the intersection of caste and tribal identities, and other reformist sects such as Ramakrishna mission etc.