Periyar Ramasamy

Report
559
4
Vote World Rank
334
Vote India Rank
39

Country: India

About Periyar Ramasamy
Periyar Erode Venkata Ramasamy (Tamil: பெரியார், Kannada: ಪೆರಿಯಾರ್) (September 17, 1879 – December 24, 1973), also known as Ramaswami, EVR, Thanthai Periyar, or Periyar, was a Dravidian social activist, who founded the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam.Periyar was born in the Town of Erode, Tamil Nadu to a wealthy Nayakar family. At a young age, he witnessed numerous incidents of racial, caste and gender discrimination. Periyar married when he was 19, and had a daughter who lived for only 5 months. His first wife, Nagammai, died in 1933. Periyar married for a second time in July 1948. His second wife, Maniammai (also called Maniammai Ammaiyar), continued Periyar's social work after his death in 1973, but still his thoughts and ideas were being spread by Dravidar Kazhagam. Periyar joined the Indian National Congress in 1919, but resigned in 1925 when he felt that the party was only serving the interests of the Brahmins. In 1924, Periyar led a non-violent agitation (satyagraha) in Vaikom, Kerala. From 1929 to 1932 toured Malaysia, Europe, and Russia, which had an influence on him. In 1939, Periyar became the head of the Justice Party, and in 1944, he changed its name to Dravidar Kazhagam. The party later split and one group led by C. N. Annadurai formed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 1949. While continuing the Self-Respect Movement, he advocated for an independent Dravida Nadu (Dravidistan). Periyar propagated the principles of rationalism, self-respect, women’s rights and eradication of caste. He opposed the exploitation and marginalization of the non-Brahmin indigenous Dravidian peoples of South India and the imposition of, what he considered, Indo-Aryan India. His work has greatly revolutionized Tamil society and has significantly removed caste-based discrimination. He is also responsible for bringing new changes to the Tamil alphabet. However, at the same time, Periyar is also held responsible for making controversial statements on the Tamil language, Dalits and Brahmins and for endorsing violence against Brahmins. The citation awarded by the UNESCO described Periyar as "the prophet of the new age, the Socrates of South East Asia, father of social reform movement and arch enemy of ignorance, superstitions, meaningless customs and base manners".

Best Supporters

How can you earn points?
1 Vote 1 Point [You must be logged in]
1 Referrer* 10 Points
*Call your friends to become a fan of Periyar Ramasamy with your referrer link and earn 10 points

p: 10

p: 3

p: 1

p: 1

Periyar Ramasamy Most Popular Quotes

Add Quote

India Leaders & Politicians Ranking

Show All

Leaders & Politicians Ranking

Show All
Rank Name Total
330. Sultan al-Atrash 580
331. Abul Kalam Azad 580
332. Behzad Nabavi 566
333. Deniz Gezmiş 560
334. Periyar Ramasamy 559
335. Gul Khan Nasir 558
336. Marcelo Rossi 550
337. João Lourenço 547
338. Mohammad Beheshti 546

Periyar Ramasamy Photos

Today Overall Show All

Periyar Ramasamy Videos

Today Overall Show All

Best Countries

Today Overall
# Name Today Total
1 Turkey 18724 7958679
2 Romania 5745 510923
3 India 3956 3684228
4 Brazil 3745 4688462
5 South Korea 3257 1707317
6 Portugal 1641 276670
7 Iran 1013 4155365
8 Russia 932 1319283
9 Germany 745 72424
10 United States of America 573 1419638
11 Syria 498 1387991
12 United Kingdom 486 886087
13 Macedonia 453 950139
14 Serbia 446 209550
15 Poland 335 403632
16 Ukraine 271 227944
17 Saudi Arabia 263 768999
18 Israel 229 66694
19 Bulgaria 220 322908
20 Jordan 212 517287
21 France 138 83961
22 Palestine 120 151461
23 Lebanon 97 540869
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 359783
25 Greece 48 416114
26 Pakistan 41 274654
27 Sri Lanka 39 8596
28 Norway 17 14656
29 Iraq 15 850045
30 Afghanistan 1 5591482
31 Albania 0 2207
32 Algeria 0 94755
33 Andorra 0 0
34 Angola 0 0
35 Antigua and Barbuda 0 0
36 Argentina 0 59184
37 Armenia 0 1095
38 Australia 0 714
39 Austria 0 377
40 Azerbaijan 0 14798
41 Bahamas 0 0
42 Bahrain 0 16643
43 Bangladesh 0 3923
44 Barbados 0 0
45 Belarus 0 2612
46 Belgium 0 8603
47 Belize 0 0
48 Benin 0 0
49 Bermuda 0 0
50 Bhutan 0 0
51 Bolivia 0 5434
52 Greenland 0 0
53 Grenada 0 0
54 Guatemala 0 0
55 Guinea 0 4
56 Guinea-Bissau 0 0
57 Guyana 0 0
58 Haiti 0 0
59 Honduras 0 0
60 Hong Kong 0 201
61 Hungary 0 2675
62 Iceland 0 230
63 Botswana 0 0
64 Brunei Darussalem 0 0
65 Gabon 0 0
66 The Gambia 0 0
67 Georgia 0 91
68 Burkina Faso 0 0
69 Burundi 0 0
70 Cambodia 0 127
71 Cameroon 0 5
72 Canada 0 23166
73 Cape Verde 0 65
74 Cayman Islands 0 0
75 Central African Republic 0 0
76 Chad 0 0
77 Chile 0 10649
78 People's Republic of China 0 1001
79 Republic of China-Taiwan 0 33
80 Comoros 0 1
81 Democratic Republic of the Congo 0 0
82 Republic of the Congo 0 9
83 Cook Islands 0 0
84 Costa Rica 0 0
85 Cote d'Ivoire 0 20
86 Croatia 0 32005
87 Cuba 0 29
88 Cyprus 0 1903
89 Czech Republic 0 19817
90 Denmark 0 352
91 Djibouti 0 0
92 Dominica 0 0
93 Dominican Republic 0 0
94 Ecuador 0 4
95 Egypt 0 958935
96 El Salvador 0 0
97 Equatorial Guinea 0 0
98 Eritrea 0 0
99 Estonia 0 0
100 Ethiopia 0 13228