“I am a reformer of the human society. I do not care about country, god, religion, language, or the state. I am only concerned about the welfare and growth of the human society.”

– Periyar E.V. Ramasamy (1879-1973)

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A Periyar Reading List

For Periyar’s anniversary, now celebrated as Social Justice Day in Tamil Nadu, I have compiled an academic (all in English) reading list on Periyar. The list will be updated as and when I come across more relevant material.   Aloysius, G. 2016. Periyar on Category-wise Rights. New Delhi: Critical Quest. Aloysius, G. 2019. Periyar and…

Periyar on God: A Commentary

-Dhivya Sivaramane and Thiruppathi P“There is no god, there is no god, there is no god at all. He who invented god is a fool. He who propagates god is a scoundrel. He who worships god is a barbarian.” – Periyar This statement on god by Periyar E. V. Ramasamy is the most widely cited…

Book Launch of Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism

Marie Curie Research Fellow Karthick Ram Manoharan’s book Periyar: A Study in Political Atheism (Orient BlackSwan 2022) was launched in Chennai at the Roja Muthiah Research Library on 4 June 2022. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Member of Parliament from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, released the book. Sundar Ganesan from the RMRL gave the welcome address and introduced…

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 895514.