These inscriptions made into stone edicts installed at Periyar Memorial, Chennai are meant to proclaim to the world for ever, his ideals and principles.These edicts sum up Periyar’s mission and vision. For the benefit of those who have not seen them, we are providing the texts one by one along with our crisp comments.
INSCRIPTION No. 7
“Neem will not taste sweet, nor honey bitter unless there is something wrong with the tongue or the mouth; so also a tiger will not eat grass unless there is something that has upset its nature. The Brahminism also is on the same lines.” -Periyar.
Periyar draws our attention to a very important lesson he had learnt the hard way in his life- long service to liberate the innocent masses from the clutches of the Brahminical exploitations. The incorrigibility of the Brahminical arrogance is something that is so strongly inbuilt in their very being. They have all the protection needed well established through their religious dogmas and sacred texts.
This unbreakable system from which they draw sustenance has to be attacked and demolished if we want to maintain our self respect. There are criminals of all sorts in this world . But history has clearly recorded that none of them had continued for long in their crimes. It is not the case with the Brahmins who have mastered the craft of surviving all possible onslaughts.
INSCRIPTION No. 8
“The Brahmins who claim to be of upper caste, have gained unjust privileges and higher status through law, scriptures, and religion. I am engaged in eradicating those privileges and status enjoyed by them to the detriment of the labouring low caste people. This is my major task now.” – Periyar.
Periyar here clearly demarcates his important area of service and activities. Through very crooked means and devious methods, the Brahmins have perpetuated and established their safe position as the highest category of human existence. Through this system they have enjoyed all the advantages and benefits in the society without the slightest effort or labour, shunning away all the risks involved in the progress and security responsibilities of the country.
History of the entire world does not have even one such crookedness of a whole race for thousands of years. Therefore such a well established social crime needs a proportionate mighty effort to be dislodged and overthrown. Periyar has therefore taken up a mighty endeavour needed for such a task.