Social Justice Day in Tamil Nadu
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♦ Periyar’s ideology was all about social justice, equality, self-respect, and rationalism. This laid the foundation stone for Tamil society’s growth at some point of the closing century. These ideologies would also pave the way for the future. Thus, authorities decided to rejoice his beginning anniversary each and every year to have fun the symbolic reinforcement of his egalitarian principles.Every year, on September 17, employees in all authorities, workplaces and State Secretariat will take pledges to comply with values on the basis of such lofty ideals consisting of equality, brotherhood, self-respect and rationalism.
Contribution of E V Periyar: According to the Chief Minister, services of Periyar to the Tamil society have been tremendous and instrumental in the enactment of first Constitutional Amendment Act, which safeguarded reservation for backward classes.
♦ Erode Venkatappa Ramasamy Periyar (EV Ramasamy Periyar): He was commonly recognised as Periyar/Thanthai Periyar. He was an Indian social activist & politician. He started the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam and is acknowledged as the ‘Father of the Dravidian movement’. He rebelled in opposition to the Brahmanical dominance as well as gender & caste inequality in Tamil Nadu.
Periyar and INC: E.V. Ramasamy joined the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1919, however resigned in 1925 after he realised that INC was solely serving the interests of Brahmins. In 1924, he participated in non-violent agitation (satyagraha) at Vaikom, Travancore. He grew to become the head of the Justice Party in 1939 and changed its title to Dravidar Kazhagam in 1944.