Periyar and India’s Dravidian Movement:A strident Atheist in the Land of Religion

    There is no God.    
    There is no God.    
    There is no God at all.    
    He who invented God is a fool    

    He who propagates God is a knave.    
    He who worships God is a primitive.

                                                                – Periyar

For the past five decades, a strident and vocal atheist has been the main inspiration for the ruling parties in one of the most populous states in India. Periyar, whose name means 'the great elder’ was a social activist who campaigned for Indian Independence, equality and rationalism throughout his life.

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