‘If you find a Snake and a Brahmin, kill the Brahmin First”-EVR
“Recalling his earlier Erode days my media friend said EVR used to address public meetings at Erode’s Karaivaikkal maidan. Power connection for loudspeakers came from an electricity line drawn from an Iyer lawyer’s place close to the maidan. At one such meeting the Dravidian Kazhagam supremo, in an anti-Brahmin rant, called on his followers to go for Brahmins with scissors and have their sacred-thread snapped. As lawyer Dhandapani Iyer heard EVR holding forth on cutting off Brahmins’ sacred thread he cut off power to the public maidan, leaving the mike system dead .
Realising his tactical mistake EVR swiftly made amends by raising his voice, loudly enough for him to be heard by the advocate Iyer, that his followers must ensure sure that nice Brahmins such as Dhandapani Iyer were spared. Power connection got restored and EVR carried on his speech, avoiding references that could hurt the man who powered his public address system.”
This actually happened.
An unruly crowd went around in Srirangam, cutting the tufts of Brahmins, Their Sacred Thread.
They went around chanting,
Down with Brahmins’ the term used to denote was derogatory, Paapan, in their opinion.
These jokers did not even know Tamil.
The term Paarpan was the term first used by Thirumoolar in his Thirumandiram, a Yoga Sastra Book in Tamil.
The term means ‘one who Has Realized, who has seen the Real Self’
EVR called Brahmins as interlopers into Tamil Nadu, conveniently forgetting the fact he is a Kanndiga.
He administered a Ganapati Temple, which was in his Family control.
He justified it by saying that he was just doing his family duty!
If you believe in some thing honestly, you should be at least honest about it.
His ilk later justified this act as a sign of his magnanimity.
I had attended some of his meetings.
In one meeting in Chennai he said, to the crowd, when there was a commotion,
‘I do not want intelligent people here.
I want only fools
Sudras, you are the illegal children of Brahmins,
Go and l…,
If you have any self-respect go a Brahmin woman”
These abuses continued unabated.
Suddenly he changed tracks.
‘I am not against Brahmins but Brahminism‘
What is this?
Till date no one has explained what the difference is between Brahmins and Brahminism.
This is just like ‘Annaism’ by MGR, which neither he nor others could understand.
Periyar on 13/10/1919
‘We are apprehensive because we think aff All Brahmins”….
“Not all Brahmins are bad.
There are honest, dedicated and patriotic Brahmins.
We should remember they are influential’!
Note he gives away why he changed track in the last sentence.
‘We should not oppose Brahmins’-Navasakthi 28/2/1925
It is a mistake to imagine that only Brahimns are arrogant and are obsessed by Caste.
It is with the other communities-Kudi Arasu 2/8/1925.
The man who publicly spewed venom against the Brahmins had a news item published in his newspaper meant to attack Brahmins thus.
“EVR performed the last rites according to Vaishnava Rites,of his elder brother E.V.Krishnaswamy’s wife Nagammal by non Brahmins’
Kusi Arasu 10/2/1927.
Brahmins were attacked because their cultural and religious roots,but you perform the same rites through the others.
What a Joker!
The quotes are from the Book by Sri.Suppu ‘Dravida Mayayai’ Dravdianism .an Illusion
Periyar’s self-respect movement was founded on a principle of intense anti-Brahmanist racism, while nominally claiming to be a movement espousing “rationalism” and “athieism”.Tamil Brahmins (Iyers and Iyengars) were frequently held responsible by followers of Periyar for direct or indirect oppression of lower-caste people on the canard of “Brahmin oppression” and resulted in innumerable hate attacks on Brahmins and which amoung other reasons started a wave of forced mass-migration of the Brahmin population. Periyar is alleged to have called for “Brahmin killing”s and burning down Brahmin homes. Later, in regards to a DK member’s attempt to assassinate Rajagopalachari, he “expressed his abhorrence of violence as a means of settling political differences”. The canard of “Brahmin oppression” rationalized conspiracy theories and pointed to Brahmins as enemies against whom the radical movements pitted themselves. The legacy of the anti-Brahmanism of the self-respect movement was taken over by the later Dravidan parties. Growing anti-Brahmanism in Chennai provided a rationale for polarization of the lower castes in the DMK movement. Eventually, the virulent anti-Brahmanism subsided somewhat with the replacement of the DMK party by the AIADMK. EVR’s followers have broken temple icons, cut sacred threads and tufts from Brahmin priests, and have often portrayed Brahmins in the most derogatory manner in their meetings and magazines.
This mellowed down write up and find out how facts are doctored and presented as if EVR had no connection with virulent anti Brahminism