WISDOM of PERIYAR

Spurred on by the overwhelming response from the readers, we continue the format of Question and Answer, bringing out Periyar’s not so well known sayings for the benefit of everyone concerned .

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Q :  Ayya,   can you compare Islam with Hinduism ?

Periyar:  We have to admit that Islam is better than Hinduism in many aspects. The Muslims possess many good qualities not found among the Hindus.  Therefore we have to conclude that there are better qualities in Islam than in Hinduism. 

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BRAHMINICAL HEGEMONY, CHAMPIONING THE BELIFE IN GOD

Review of ' Periyariyam-an Anthology of Tamil Essays'

 Review by:Dr.Palani Arangasamy

This booklet of about hundred and fifty pages centers around the ideas of Periyar in comparison with philosophical concepts of Indian heritage and traditions.  Periyar never declared himself a philosopher and he never adhered to any system of philosophy initiated anywhere else, whether East or West.  He never aspired that he should be deemed  to be so.  

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Racism is socially divisive; Scientifically incorrect

Dr Spencer Wells, a leading Geneticist has found new genetic evidence, based on thousands of DNA samples taken across the world over the past 10 years, that shows that all humans alive today have descended from a single man who lived in Africa some 60,000 years ago. On a recent visit to Madurai, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi to find out more about the origins of Indian ancestors, Dr Wells said he had found genetic evidence to show that Dravidians were the first settlers in India from Africa, and the Aryans followed later. He spoke to Syed Firdaus Ashraf in Mumbai as follows...

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REFORMATIVE MUSINGS

DAUHTERS, ENTITLED TO FAMILY PROPERTY: BOMBAY HIGH COURT

A full Bench of the Bombay High Court delivered a crucial judgment on women’s rights over ancestral property that daughters alive on September 9, 2005, would be entitled to equal rights in ancestral property. The Hindu Succession Act of 1956 did not give equal right to ancestral property to daughters. This disparity was removed by an amendment to Section 6 of the Act in September 2005.

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