PORTENTS OF A RELIGIOUS AUTOCRACY
Cultural intolerance is a dominant element in the functioning of the present government, which wants to decide what we eat, wear, read, watch, and who we love.
With the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) being the fountainhead of Hindutva, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government being strongly influenced by the RSS, we may ask: “Are we moving towards a Hindu religious autocracy which would move the country away from rationality and reason and, thus, democracy?” Unfortunately, it seems so.
CELEBRATION OF 90th ANNIVERSARY OF SELF-RESPECT MOVEMENT & CENTENARY OF JUSTICE PARTY
On the 20th November 1916, the South Indian Liberal Federation (SIFL), later identified as Justice Party was formed in Madras Presidency. Exactly after the completion of 99 years, the Centenary Celebration of Justice Party, commenced on the 20th November 2015 at Chennai by Dravidar Kazhagam, the parental organization preserving the heritage as well as both the forward and the earlier linkages with the offshoot organizations of Dravidian Movement.
JUSTICE PARTY 100 YEARS OF DRAVIDIAN MOVEMENT
Vice-President, The Rationalists Forum, Tamil Nadu
For a political or social movement to evolve, expand, sustain and serve its purpose, not only are strong ideologies and eminent leaders required but, more importantly, a ripe social climate is needed. In simpler words there should exist a necessity for such a movement. In the early 20th century, caste and religion dominated life in Tamil country. In public buses, lower caste people (dalits) were not allowed to travel.
JUSTICE PARTY 100 SELF-RESPECT MOVEMENT 90
Justice Party and the Self-Respect Movement were the prime efforts of the social reformative and progressive thinkers of Tamil Nadu. They comparatively remain emulative to the rest of the States in the country. The Justice Party was organizationally well established to claim self rule for the Madras Presidency by securing the mandate of the electorate under the ‘Diarchy’, recommended by the Montague Chelmsford Reform Commission in 1919 in the British India. Justice Party possessed the pioneering expertise and experience for governing the Presidency under the diarchy.
ARYAN INVASION VS INHABITANT DRAVIDAN DEBATE AT THE PARLIMENT
The winter session of the Indian Parliament witnessed disruption in the name of discussion, due to the insinuating and indirect attack of the Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The discussion commenced with the commemoration of the Indian Constitution and its Architect Dr.B.R.Ambedkar on the 26th November, the day on which the draft Constitution was accepted in the year 1949. Again the approach of the treasury side is to inflict injuries to the original inhabitants of the country in the name of commemoration of the Constitution. The Home Minister initiated like thus: “However much Dr.B.R.Ambedkar might have felt discriminated against by the social system of the country, he never thought of abandoning the country.”