Periyar Erode Venkatanaicker Ramasamy (1879-1973)
was the most illystrious social revolutionary of the millennium.
His tireless, fearless and unparalleled efforts to end caste
system and to transform society, with no trace of birth-based
discrimination, on enlightened basis was unique in the annals
of history. He made immense sacrifices while participating
in the Non-cooperation movement and carrying out the constructive
programme. 1920-23. His contribution was significant for the
success of Vaikom agitation (1924-25), the first major peaceful
struggle in modern India for social equality. Founder of Self-respect
movement (1925) and Dravidar Kazhagam (1944), Periyar spread
the principles of human dignity, rationalism, gender equality
and social justice. It was due to the popular agitation organised
by him. the Constitution was amended for the first time in
1951 to provide reservation for the socially and educationally
backward classes. He educated people through his writings
and speeches to think freely and judge everything in the light
of rational thought, experience and social good. The UNESCO
aptly described him as the prophet of the New Age. He endowed
all his wealth and public donations for the cause of the humanity,
creating a Public Charitable Trust.
Cover Released on the 125th Birth Anniversary of Periyar E.V.Ramasamy
The Periyar Self-Respect Propaganda Institution.
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