By: V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
December 20, 2006
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A detailed study of Karl Marx
is called Marxiana. A detailed study of Gandhi is called Gandhiana. A
detailed study of Churchill is called Churchilliana. A detailed study of
Periyar is called Periyarana.
I have read all the writings of that great intellectual giant Periyar,
called the Socrates of Tamilnadu or Bernard Shah of Europe. Personally I
have received great inspiration, illumination and rational instruction
from his mighty intellectual outpourings. l am giving you some flashes of
time-defying wisdom and original genius from the Intellectual Armoury of "Periyarana".
"Tamil is a barbarous language and Tamilians are barbarians"
"15 August 1947 is a day of mourning and sorrow"
"I want to be surrounded by fifty bloody fools, so that I am heard without
any undue disturbance at all my public meetings"
"Parimelazhagar who wrote the commentary on Thirukural was a "Parppanar" (Periyar
was always more interested in Dravidian substance than in Aryan shadow!).
Periyar was a world renowned authority on public administration. Writing
about The Board of Revenue in 1965, he stated as follows at a public
meeting on the Marina Beach:
"The Board of Revenue today consists of senior civil servants who are
drawing very fat salaries. Unfortunately, not one of them is a Tamilian:
The first member of the Board of Revenue is T A Verghese ICS. He is a
Malayalee. He is not a Tamilian. The second member of the Board of Revenue
is C A Ramakrishnan ICS. He is a "Parapannar". He is also not a Tamilian.
The third member of the Board of Revenue is M S Shivaraman ICS. He is also
a "Parpanar". He is not a Tamilian. The fourth member of the Board of
Revenue is E P Royappa IAS. Unfortunately he is also not a Tamilian. He is
only a Christian".
As a world renowned anthropologist, sociologist and ethnologist Periyar
had highly original, iconoclastic and racist Ideas about who is a Tamilian?
The public of Tamilnadu have a right to know whether Periyar belonged to
Karnataka or Tamilnadu and whether his mother tongue was in fact Tamil.
These questions become relevant because of the mysteriously Magisterial
Verdict given by him above on the origins of some of the ICS/ IAS civil
servants in Tamilnadu. Today these questions have become more relevant
because the members belonging to the Dravida Kazhagam and Periyar Dravida
Kazhagam are fighting not for the soul of Periyar but for the installation
of the statue of Periyar opposite the Rajagopuram of Srirangam Temple in
The enlightened public of Tamilnadu, regardless of caste, color, creed or
religion, (the Brahmins and forward communities not excluded!) would like
to ask the following pertinent questions:
a) Why did Tamilnadu government, which is usually in a state of
self-chosen rational coma in all situations affecting public peace and
welfare, galvanize itself into a state of combat readiness to deal with
the Da Vinci Code film issue which had been fully cleared by the Film
Censor Board of the Government of India some months ago? Tamilnadu
Government gave clear signals to the effect that it is their public duty
to show great concern for the religious feelings and susceptibilities of
Christians in minority in the State. It is a different story that later
on, on par with the stand taken by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Madras
High Court also took the same stand and overruled the decision of the
Government of Tamilnadu to ban the screening of the film in Tamilnadu.
b) Why is Tamilnadu government indifferent and contemptuous towards the
religious feelings and susceptibilities of the Hindus who are in absolute
majority in terms of numbers in Tamilnadu?
c) Why is it no immediate action was taken under Sec. 153-A and 295-A of
the Indian Penal Code against those elements who wanted to install the
statue of Periyar opposite the Rajagopuram of Srirangam Temple?
d) Are not some of the anti-social elements reportedly acting under the
banner of the DK and the Periyar DK "inciting violence, disturbing public
tranquility, promoting, on grounds of religion, feelings of enmity, hatred
and ill-will between different religious communities and insulting other
religions or beliefs of other communities in Tamilnadu"? (Exact words seen
in the IPC).
The great sensitivity shown by Tamilnadu government on the nominal Da
Vinci Code film issue has not been shown on a more sensitive and more
substantive issue involving the time-honored religious feelings and
sentiments of the Hindus in majority. Many Hindu temples have been ravaged
supposedly by the DK and the PDK elements. The common man in Tamilnadu
doubts the bone fides of the elected and contrived minority Government of
Tamilnadu and its commitment in the matter of absolute maintenance of law
and order on the one hand and giving protection to the majority Hindus
against the planned onslaught of anti-social elements deriving their
so-called inspiration from the umbrella of Periyarana.
The shameful Congress Party, which calls itself a national party, has
degenerated into a mere suppliant of the DMK party in Tamilnadu. Congress
party is a major partner in the conspiracy of political silence on this
vital and sensitive issue of maintenance of communal and religious harmony
Following the installation of the EVR statue in the stealth of the night
on 21 November, a self-respecting Hindu approached Vigil secretary G R
Swaminathan, a practicing lawyer in the Madurai bench of the Madras High
Court to file a writ protesting the installation and seeking an injunction
that pending disposal of the case no further move should be made by the DK
to inaugurate the statue. It has been reported that an extremely hostile
division bench remarked: "Swaminathan, the street doesn"t belong to Hindus
alone, it belongs to all people". The common man in Tamilnadu would like
to ask as to why this kind of response is never shown by the judiciary
when Muslims object to Ganesha procession passing down the Triplicane road
in Chennai every year?
The bench made it clear that although the statue had been installed
without prior government permission, yet it would not grant the injunction
prayed for to stop further moves on the statue. The defendants were
advised to approach the Government for permission before inaugurating the
statue. By giving such an advice, in terms of plain law, was not the High
Court condoning, if not ignoring, the blatantly illegal act of those who
were responsible for the erection of the Statue without obtaining prior
Government permission as prescribed by the Government through a Government
order? I have consulted a few legal luminaries in this regard and all of
them are of the view that the decision of the High Court amounted to
condoning the blatantly illegal act of the D.K., which is akin to
post-facto regularization of unauthorized and illegal construction.
In this context, I would like to quote the beautiful words of Felix
Frankfurter, one of the greatest names in the history of American
Judiciary: "For the highest exercise of judicial duty is to subordinate
one's personal pulls and one's private views to the law of which we are
all guardians - those impersonal convictions that make a society a
civilized community, and not the victims of personal rule". Justice Herlan
Stone in another historic Judgment in 1936 proclaimed: "While
unconstitutional exercise of power by the executive and legislative
branches of the Government is subject to judicial restraint, the only
check upon our own exercise of power is our own sense of self-restraint".
Justice William Douglas, in a landmark judgment in 1947 in USA, declared:
"There is no special perquisite of the judiciary which enables it, as
distinguished from other institutions of democratic Government, to
suppress, edit or censor events which transpire in proceedings before it".
About two years ago I had written an article in News Today under the Title
"Decoding the Dravidian Drival" in which I wrote: "By his highly original
writings and platform speeches Periyar tried to educate the Tamilians that
he was being rational when in fact he was being racist".
The quintessence of rational-racial Dravidianism is that spiritual
knowledge is superstitious and secular ignorance is rational; character is
superstitious and debauchery is rational; chastity is superstitious and
prostitution of mind, body, heart and soul is rational; discipline
superstitious and indiscipline is rational; accepted truth is
superstitious and blatant untruth is rational, refinement is superstitious
and brutality is rational; justice is superstitious and rapacity is
rational, counsels of the wise and the good are generally superstitious
and the flattery of knaves particularly rational. And finally to crown it
all having a legally wedded wife is superstitious and irrational and
having innumerable concubines is logically rational.
One can go on like this in this vein endlessly in a superstitious and
irrational manner, because the clear stream of Dravidian perversity and
unabashed bestiality is indeed perpetual and even perennial. It may not be
too much to say that all the leading actors in the highly exciting and
even titillating Dravidian Drama have succeeded condomsing everything
excepting the condom itself in the name of rationalism and social justice.
The climax of this lurid and artificial drama will be reached on 16
December, 2006 at the same spot at Srirangam where the DK has planned to
conduct a "Moodanambikkai Maanaadu", which is pitted against the Hindus
and Hindus alone and not against any other religion. It only means that
all Muslims and Christians are rational according to the DK.
V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
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