If father Periyar is alive today, it is not known whether he will allow his idol to be erected at 135 feet in Trichy. Periyar or Evara was one of the pioneers of the social renaissance in tamil Nadu at the beginning of the twentieth century. Periyar was a staunch opponent of the atrocities and female slavery imposed on the oppressed people by the caste, such as Brahmin domination, caste encroachments, ban on entering the temple and denial of employment opportunities. Throughout his life of struggle, Periyar continued to break down the dictatorship system, abandoning hopes of closing down on rationality alone.
He carried out his rational principles not only in rhetoric but also against all superstitions, whether religious or not. Periyar was not a staunch atheist; Periyar, a rationalist who did not accept injustices in the name of his divine faith, vehemently opposed the Brahmins' social and political control over the Vedic religion. It is not an easy task to change or reject the traditions that have prevailed for many years.
If my understanding is correct, he is a person who had no intention of giving up his fame and does not like personal hymns, placing an idol in his memory is like burying his principles. Periyar fought against inequality and caste oppression in tamil Nadu and completely eradicated superstition. But what's the reality today?
Veeramani, who claims to be a disciple of Periyar, has entirely celebrated the ownership of the Dravidian League from Periyar. I have heard that Veeramani and his family are in control of the system. Stalin, the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the chief minister of tamil Nadu, has permitted the construction of a 135-foot Periyar statue. Stalin, the new chief minister of tamil Nadu, may have permitted for political reasons. For me, the Rational Movement came to a standstill in tamil Nadu with the demise of Periyar. Periyar refused to do politics.
The fact is that later some political leaders in tamil Nadu spoke of Periyar's policies and focused on amassing profits for themselves and their families. Even so, it is true that the impact of Periyar and the Dravida Kazhagam he saw on tamil Nadu will never change. It was the impact of those social justice policies that led to the advancement of the backward, oppressed and sociologists in tamil Nadu on a scale not found in any other state in India. Although Periyar has not been able to eradicate caste, it has eradicated caste oppression by making the backward and oppressed realize their right to political determination.
Today, if there are backward people in high positions in the government departments of tamil Nadu, it is because of Periyar's struggle, not some selfish politicians who came after him, or some who use Periyar's name to propagate his selfishness and family. The only truth is that he left and tarnished Periyar's name. Is the 135-foot statue of Periyar going to compete with the 133-foot statue of Thiruvalluvar? For what purpose will we erect a statue of Periyar a few feet higher than Thiruvalluvar? Periyar was born and raised several hundred years before his birth. Periyar celebrates Valluvar's ideas. Once Periyar is gone, his rational principles must also be understood to have disappeared. His name is now used for political purposes.