Our society needs revolutionary policies. Rationalist propaganda should be geared up. With that noble object, we start Rationalists’ Forums and Associations. There may be people who would condemn such rationalist associations springing up. They would raise the false cry that our movement is against something or someone. I tell you very plainly, whether we are really against such things or not. We are never against justice or opposed to reason. We call our organisation as Rationalists’ Forum. It is for you to think over yourself. That is what we expect and that alone would be the right thing to do. See what other persons are doing. They join with others and behave as brutes. They start Varnashrama Dharma Associations. It is to protect castes. They form Sanatanist Associations to protect the old order. They talk high of what Ram did, or Krishna preached and such other nonsense. For all these they claim rights. They don’t allow you to think independently. You have no right to think about what all is said about god, religion, spiritual heads and other things. They mistake that our propaganda is against their god, religion and shastras. They raise the cry that our propaganda hurts their feelings. What does it matter to us? Let them go to dogs!
A curse against civic sense is a lot of pavement shrines that are prominently visible in the street corners and just on the pavements, in various towns and cities of the country. Prayers, ceremonies and rituals follow, off and on resulting in pedestrians compelled to walk on the busy thorough fares, risking themselves into traffic hazards. Though appears to be a devotional service on the surface level, these Lilliputian temples are absolutely illegal and unsociable. It is a tragic irony that the Municipal Corporations and other local administrative bodies do not seem to have been concerned about the ridiculous display of religious fanaticism and a perversion of misplaced devotion.
E.V.R.Maniammai, wife of the great revolutionary Periyar E.V.Ramasamy headed the Dravidian Movement from 1973 after the demise of Periyar.
In 1958, DK cadres went on agitation towards the abolition of caste and were arrested. Two people died in prison on March 8th and 10th. The Jailor of the Prison refused to hand over the dead bodies. E.V.R.Maniammai represented it to the then Chief Minister Thiru.K.Kamarajar and brought the dead bodies from the jail and led the funeral march.
EMPOWERMENT OF BACKWARD CLASSES IN INDIA
CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS AND LEGAL ASPECTS
Meaning of Social Justice:
The modern concept of ‘social justice’ may be traced from Thomas Paine, (1737 -1809) one of the architects of USA, born in England and lived mostly in France. In his book titled ‘Rights of Man’ published in 1791, he states that ‘Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another: and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to posses’. He further states, that for any country to claim that its poor are happy, ‘neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them’.
FATHER OF COMMUNAL G.O(1883-1953)
THE VOLCANO OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, NEVER GOT EXHAUSTED!
Methinks as though a ministership in the Madras Cabinet is the last Act in a man’s life. Methinks too that he must have burnt his boats and mumbled his last prayers; he must have written ‘finis’ to the chapter of his political life and laid down his office and retired, unhonoured and unsung. For an ex-Minister of the Madras Cabinet is either an exhaust volcano or merely a spent up force.