E. V. Ramasami Naicker

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E. V. Ramasami (17 September 1879 - 24 December 1973) was a Tamil anti-Hindu radical and anti-Brahman polemicist, atheist, known as a preponent of Aryan Invasion pseudohistory, Dravidian supremacy and social activist; also known as E.V. Ramasami, EVR, Thanthai Periyar, and Periyar Ramasami or simply Periyar.


  • We will destroy the temple, burn the Brahmin extension, and make Brahmin women as public property (i.e. prostitutes.)
    • Lloyd I. Rudolph Urban Life and Populist Radicalism: Dravidian Politics in Madras The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3 (May, 1961), pp. 283-297
  • Kill all Brahmins. Murder their women, burn down their homes.
    • Lloyd I. Rudolph Urban Life and Populist Radicalism: Dravidian Politics in Madras The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3 (May, 1961), pp. 283-297
  • We do not need to explain how the Aryans entered and settled in the Dravidian country (tira¯vit»a na¯» t»u), and subjugated and oppressed the Dravidians. Nor do we need to explain how before the Aryans entered the Dravidian country, the Dravidian country had a civilization and arts of the highest rank.
    • Bergunder M, Contested Past: Anti-Brahmanical and Hindu nationalist reconstructions of Indian prehistory, Historiographia Linguistica, Volume 31, Number 1, 2004, pp. 59-104(46)


  • Man is considered superior to other beings in this world, because he has limitless capacity for knowledge, People in other lands have advanced greatly, utilizing this knowledge. But our countrymen owing to lack of use of this knowledge, are abjectly deteriorating. Stating that ours is a land of enlightenment, we build tanks and temples; in other lands, men fly in space and amaze the whole world.
  • Women should not be bound by any culture whatsoever. Chastity is the worst thing that happened to women! The ideal situation was where men and women felt free to have sex whenever and with whomever much like beasts do in nature.
  • Tamil Alphabet looks primitive and barbaric! How many loops! How many dashes! How many upward turns! How many downward turns! Such cumbersome orthography in the present day! Do we need so many letters today? Why do we need 216 letters? The Englishman does wonders and has only 26 letters. And he turns the whole world round with just 26 letters.
  • In 1962, Murasoli, the mouthpiece of DMK, in its Pongal issue highlighted this. To a question asked by a reporter, "Why the price of cloth has gone up?" he replied, pullaschis (pariah women) have begun to wear blouses. The reporter asked again, "Why the price of rice has gone up?" he said, Kal kudikkira pasanga (those who drink liquor — that is how he called the Dalits) have begun to eat rice. To another query of the same reporter, "Why there is unemployment?" he said "Pallu, Paraiyanukka (Pariahs) have begun to get educated".

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