Whenever we see, old mythological movies, we see mostly men wearing more jewels than women. In olden days we can see Kings wearing more jewels than their queens. No working man or woman wore any jewels. Later, when men had to travel, to do work, they stopped wearing jewellery. This is because, jewels become an hindrance to do their work freely. Nowadays, no working man wears any jewel. At the maximum they may wear a small chain, around their neck.
Prof. Dr. Palany Arangasamy
Director, Center of Periyar Thoughts,
Periyar Maniammai University
Roughly hundred years earlier than Thanthai Periyar, the reputed Social Reformer Ram mohan Roy lived in Bengal. A note of comparison with identical personalities is an accepted norm among the comparitists. Both of them were champions of liberty and civil rights; advocates of socially manginalised groups, besides attempting to improve the lot for women. A wide range of interests and concern they had in politics, law, commerce, agrarian affairs, civil rights and in the unjust treatment of women. Their animus towards religion and superstition is too obvious to refer.
Open letter to PRIME MINISTER
Words, strong and emotional words come to you easily. So why do we need to shout and scream for a few sentences about a man who was lynched for allegedly consuming beef?
Honourable Narendra Modi-ji
As I penned this piece, I heard of your words at a rally in Bihar, and instead of deterring me from writing to you, it only strengthened my resolve that this needs to be said.
I am a humble cow from India and writing this to clear up some of the bull being propagated about me and members of my family for a long time.
I am not using the term ‘humble’ out of some false sense of modesty but only because this reflects the true status of most cows in this country. Irrespective of the propaganda about our ‘exalted status’ cows in India are an oppressed lot, on par with the ordinary people of India.
The cow has been a political animal in modern India, but it has become more political under the present BJP governments at the Centre and in some states, which are obsessed with beef bans and cow slaughter. But the ritual killing of cattle was de rigueur among the Vedic people, who routinely sacrificed cattle and ate their flesh. The Rigveda frequently refers to the cooking of the flesh of animals,
including that of the ox, as an offering to the gods, especially Indra. In most Vedic yagnas, cattle were killed and their flesh eaten. Although some post-Vedic texts recommend the offering of animal effigies in lieu of livestock, ancient Indians continued to kill cattle and eat beef, which was the favourite food of Yajnavalkya, the respected sage from Mithila.