DMK Reminds Annamalai Of Dravidian Movement's Violent History

by Aravindan Neelakandan - May 16, 2022 04:35 PM +05:30 IST
DMK Reminds Annamalai Of Dravidian Movement's Violent History Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai.
  • By drawing parallels between Kirupananda Variyar and K Annamalai, the DMK has called attention to a shameful, violent act it committed.

On 15 May 2022, in a meeting held to impress people with whatever the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government is said to have achieved in one year, R S Bharati who was DMK member of the Upper House of Parliament, warned the Bharatiya Janata Party state head K Annamalai that he would have to face the same situation as Kirupananda Variyar.

This was a reminder of a shameful event enacted by DMK cadres.

Swami Kirupananda Variyar.
Swami Kirupananda Variyar.

It is a well-known fact in history that movements that operate on the hatred of the 'other' naturally tend to lean towards fascism. They feed on hatred and violence. One such movement is the Dravidianist movement spearheaded by the DMK.

In a way, Dravidianist racial hatred is even more perverse than the anti-Semitism of Christendom because here Hindus were made to hate their Hindu nature and then target a particular community of their own as 'a cunning outsider'; even though that community usually confined itself to performing rituals in a decentralised, non-institutional manner.

While the Dravidianists speak of preserving the greatness of Tamil, they seem averse to everything and everyone that are working to make Tamil Nadu great.

One such person was Thirumuruga Kirupananda Variyar Swamigal (1906-1993). Swamigal was a venerable ocean of knowledge. He spoke to crowds of thousands — children, women, elderly men, youth, educated and uneducated — without a single note in his hand, without a single scrap of paper before him. But he would mesmerise his audience not with empty rhetoric as Dravidianist leaders used to do — but with the quintessence of Hindu darshanas as it manifests in Tamil literature.

His simplicity masked his in-depth understanding of Dharma and sacred literature.

DMK Reminds Annamalai Of Dravidian Movement's Violent History

Dravidianists dreaded Variyar Swamigal because he represented authentic Tamil culture while the Dravidianists — starting from E V Ramasamy to C N Annadurai to M Karunanidhi — presented a cultural counterfeit.

R.S.Bharathi the DMK MP has unwittingly reminded Hindus of the violent anti-Hindu nature of DMK and hinted at who would be Hindu-saviour in Tamil Nadu.
R.S.Bharathi the DMK MP has unwittingly reminded Hindus of the violent anti-Hindu nature of DMK and hinted at who would be Hindu-saviour in Tamil Nadu.

In 1972, Karunanidhi was the chief minister. The members of DMK thought that it was a good time to settle scores with Variyar Swamigal. Let us know what happened through the words of Variyar Swamigal himself as narrated in his autobiography.

It was Masi Tamil month of 1972. I have been invited Neiveli. Already I was having fever. Famous Tamizh scholar Sri Ramalinganar presided the first day lecture. I talked about the strength of destiny. In the course of the lecture I told that when the time comes to go even doctors invited from the United States cannot save a person. Some goons took this to be an insulting remark towards their leader. Next day my fever increased and doctor advised me to take rest. I was sleeping with fever in the night. Around midnight some 200 to 300 goons entered the place where I was sleeping. They shouted and created chaos. They attacked the Puja Murthi (Vigraha of Sri Skanda) and broke it. Police came in time. They took me to a safe place. It took 15 days for me to regain my health. They asked me to identify the persons. I could not. ... Years later I received a letter. In that a person had written: 'Swami I was one of the sinners who attacked you and am now in severe pain and in my death bed. Please give me your forgiveness and bless me with Vibuti.' I sent him prasada. (sic)
'Variyar Vaazhkai Varalaaru', 1979, pp.180-2

Actually there was nothing wrong in what Variyar Swamigal had spoken. It is one school of thought that when the time for death comes none can save a person. But what is important here is the way the Dravidianist goon had to seek forgiveness from the very Swamigal he had attacked for whatever ignorant, irrational Dravidian model of reasoning.

Many political observers feel that at a time when the DMK rule is seen as displaying disturbing anti-Hindu stands on various issues, a senior Dravidianist politician unwittingly reminding Hindus of the violence of Dravidianist cadres against a venerable Hindu saint as well as a true Tamil scholar draws a parallel between Variyar Swamigal and Annamalai. That, in itself, is a boost to Hindu sanghatanist forces in Tamil Nadu.

And when the time comes, one can be sure that Annamalai too would be showing the same grand gesture of Hindu forgiveness to R S Bharathi.

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