Monday, 27 June, 2022

Topic: Periyar

Why I converted to Islam and buried my Hindu identity: Dalit Camera founder

Periyar had suggested Ambedkar convert to Islam. After years of research, I too found Islam to be the only religion in India that could annihilate the caste system.

Rajinikanth not apologising for Periyar remark will show where Tamil Nadu politics is headed

Rajinikanth's remark strikes at the heart of Tamil Nadu's Dravidian politics. To say anything against Periyar is not just risky but perhaps politically suicidal too.

Upper class Hindus gave caste to us and now they want to be leaders of anti-caste movements

When Savarnas question Kanhaiya Kumar’s caste being a topic of discussion, they are worried about upper caste losing the leadership role.

Periyar, the ‘South Indian Socrates’ who smashed Brahminical patriarchy

On his 45th death anniversary, a look at legacy of Dravidian patriarch Periyar who worked against caste discrimination & superstition.

CN Annadurai: The southern separatist-turned-nationalist

Former Tamil Nadu CM C.N. Annadurai started his career as an English teacher and went on to create his own political party, the DMK.

Toppling idols is just more ‘strategic madness’ from an election-obsessed BJP

The Sangh Parivar is paranoid of symbols, and with general elections around the corner, it is unlikely that this madness will decline in the next few months.

In the new statue politics, the media has boxed Periyar into OBC politics

The media portrays the politics of Periyar and B. R. Ambedkar as one of their communities and not human liberation, denying it any universal potential.

Periyar’s legacy serves as a reminder for Dravidian parties to be caste conscious

After he quit Congress, Periyar joined the Justice Party that was later named Dravidar Kazhagam; he was associated with the Self-Respect Movement.

Tamil Nadu’s BJP unit sacks worker for vandalising Periyar statue

Tamil Nadu's BJP unit sacked one of its functionaries who was involved in vandalising Periyar's statue in Vellore.

Lenin to Periyar: BJP wrongly believes razing idols will erase ideologies

From Tripura to Tamil Nadu, statues are in danger of being smashed down by self-appointed custodians of culture, citizenship and nationalism.

On Camera


Uddhav claims rebel Shiv Sena MLAs want to break party, says he did everything for Eknath Shinde

Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde have a common enemy but different priorities

Only a die-hard optimist will believe Uddhav Thackeray could survive this storm. But rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde isn’t getting an easy pass either.
Representational image | Shoppers at Connaught Place in New Delhi | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Expansion in services, core infra growth give leg-up to post-pandemic Indian economy

Surveys show activity in dominant services sector in May rose to highest level in 11 years; erratic weather and virus uptick remain concerns.


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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.