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Periyar

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01 May 2007
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Just imagine about the land of the Tamil people without a saviour like Periyar...it is simply inconceivable! E.V. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar gave an identity and a sense of self-respect to the suppressed people in a fascist social environment. If a youngster cares to go through the life history of the revolutionary leader, he might be spared many grievous, sleepless nights due to his ignorance on the champion of the helpless, backward people. Periyar was not just an individual but is an ageless ideology for the down-trodden masses. He was the real crusader against all the prevalent social disparities and evils in the name of religion and god. In the present cosmopolitan world of the pizzas and hamburgers, we don't really know much about the pains of untouchablity, human slavery and the grief of suppressed women in the society. Thanks to Periyar and his comrades, they laid a strong foundation for the abolishment of all these social evils. Periyar, the man with a silver beard and a noble heart was one of the chief architects in the reconstruction of Indian society.

Right from the beginning, Periyar predominantly fought against the Brahmins who were the chief cause of imBala [^]nces in the society. Moreover, he was the only reformist to compel the backward people to emerge out of their own caste set-up. He sacrificed his entire political career for the sake of the implementation of reservation for the backward and scheduled caste people. He refused the chair of Chief Ministership twice, and vowed to keep himself away from any form of govt. or political post.

It is a hard task to present a larger than life persona of a legendary, revolutionary and a visionary leader like Periyar in a 3- hour- long celluloid drama. Once, Dr.M.Kalaignar Karunanithi, one of the disciples of Periyar, mentioned in the preface of his book 'Explanation to Thirukkural' that his efforts in giving a new meaning to the Thirukkural was like draping a golden shawl around the great Himalayas. The film on Periyar honours him in a similar but sensible way!

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