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. – Editor
INSCRIPTION No. 11
“The temples are not built for gods. They are built to ensure the livelihood of the Brahmins and to humiliate and exploit the common people.” – Periyar
Take for example the income of the Sabarimala temple this season. It is a breath taking Rs. 182 crores ! Whose money is this ? It is common knowledge that most of the Sabarimala pilgrims are either middle class or lower middle class people. Who are the actual beneficiaries of such huge funds ? The high priest is paid in lakhs every month besides very affluent luxuries of living conditions.
Hundreds of hapless pilgrims meet with death every year travelling in unsafe roads and perilous paths with no basic facilities available any where around. The Kerala Government ,which ever the party that rules, considers Sabarimala as the duck that lays gold eggs and cares a hoot for the safety or welfare of the pilgrims. This is a striking example in our own days of what Periyar has been saying with so much of emphasis.
INSCRIPTION No. 12
“The epics Ramayanam and Mahabharatam are meant to enslave the Dravidians in theAryan net and make them live for ever without honour and rational thought.” – Periyar
“ Let us ask a few basic questions ourselves. Who wrote these books ? What are their aims in writing these books ? First of all these books do not contain any thing logically scientifically or historically accurate. They seem to be the work of some fictitious fancies with a clear design of protecting and promoting point blank selfish motives of a few vested interests.
The authors of these mythologies lack the most basic sense of truths. They are savages of the pre historic culture with out a tinge of civilization. But they were extremely dexterous about creating a myth that kept them at the top of the social ladder keeping every body else below them to serve and adore them.
All the spirituality and the religious rituals were so intelligently designed to keep the others in eternal bondage and submission. The literary and philosophical nuances that the scholars now propound are nothing but the contemporary versions of the same hoodwinking tricks.