Every Tamilian indebted to Periyar: Anbazhagan

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Every Tamilian is indebted to Periyar EVR, said Finance Minister K.Anbazhagan here on Wednesday.

Delivering a lecture on “History of Tamil Nadu and Periyar,” organised by the “Thanthai Periyar Memorial Trust” of the Tamil Literature Department of the Madras University here, the Minister said but for the untiring efforts of Periyar, Tamil society would not have risen to the present position. He brought a revolutionary change among Tamils and made them, especially those in the lower strata, to realise that they were in no way inferior to others, either by birth or by intellect. He had made Tamils to know their inherent strength and that was why Dravidian movement was able to rule the State.

In rationalist movement also, Periyar succeeded because of his steadfast commitment. Through his rationalist movement, he freed Tamils from ‘Hindu imperialism.'

Presiding over the lecture, Dravidar Kazhagam president K.Veeramani said it was easy to bring political changes but difficult to effect a social change. Periyar brought this social revolution without shedding a drop of blood.