Periyar Ramasamy, a prominent political leader of Tamil Nadu, India, is considered a social activist who fought against the caste system and women’s oppression. However, his vendetta was against Brahmins as a community, and his stance was not to rectify the caste system or abolish it. Periyar’s statements have been divisive and hate-mongering. He has made derogatory comments against Brahmins, called for violence against them, desecrated Hindu gods, and spread lies about Indian texts.
Periyar has been accused of spreading hatred and bigotry against Hindus and Brahmins. His lies have been directed towards slandering Shri Rama of the Ramayana, and he has accused “cunning Aryans” of erasing the “Dravidian identity.” In one of his statements, Periyar made a high misogynist assertion about Brahmin women, which was published in DK’s official newspaper Viduthala.
The whole Dravidian movement is based on hatred against one community and religion, and it has been alleged that the Periyarites are a frenzied and bigoted lot. The Dravidian ideology is seen as a design manifested by the Church in close coordination with Periyar to systematically destroy Hinduism.
The DMK party, which follows the Dravidian ideology, has been criticized for its anti-Hindu and anti-Brahmin bigotry. The party’s late President M. Karunanidhi had made derogatory remarks about Lord Rama and the term “Hindu.” The DMK government is known for looking down upon temples and Hindu customs and has razed temples whenever they get the chance.
While Periyar’s movement aimed to fight against the tyranny of Brahmanism, caste, and women’s oppression, his statements and actions have been divisive and hate-mongering. Periyar’s legacy is controversial, and his views have been criticized for their divisive and bigoted nature.
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