E V Ramasamy, commonly known as Periyar is currently in the news after movie star Rajinikanth spoke about Periyar’s 1971 anti-Hindu rally in which he recalled how the former (Periyar) had taken out a rally in 1971 with Lord Rama and Sita without clothes and wearing garlands of footwear.
Rajinikanth who was pressurised by Periyar fans to apologise, refused to do so and reiterated that he merely quoted facts which were reported by popular magazine Tughlak,
While defending Rajinikanth during a Times Now debate, author and columnist Anand Ranganathan listed out how Periyar and his followers defiled Hinduism and Hindu gods.
Ranganathan argued that Rajinikanth has nothing to apologise for. He quoted from Periyar's Critique of Priestly Hinduism and its Implications for Social Reforms, written by Rev S Robertson, which talked about a “superstition eradication” conference organised by Periyar in 1971.
In this conference at Salem, Lord Ram’s image was beaten by sandals, his effigy burnt publicly and Hindu deities obscenely portrayed and Brahmins slandered.
He added that, “Periyar was an iconoclast who thrived on acrimony, spitefulness and rancour..Periyar never gathered the courage like Ambedkar did to criticise the regressive practices of religions other than Hinduism”.
“Periyar praised Abrahamic religions, wanted Hindus to convert to Islam”, Ranganathan added.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.
The embedded tweet could not be found…