“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…

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…