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In this issue

March 2024

Who Is Afraid Of Scientific Temper?

The stories are very powerful. Over a period of time they gain a lot of traction. The places mentioned in the stories appear to be real and people attach a lot of meaning to them out of reverence. The symbols and signs used in the stories become core elements of propaganda. Soon it becomes a machinery that establishes a structure and with a body of evidence that is highly questionable. Not many try to challenge this because of its threatening stature. Who would dare to ask if the birthplace of Jesus or Ram exactly as it is claimed? Leave alone the historical, and archeological evidence that could support it.

Who Is Afraid Of Scientific Temper?

3 mins

The Woman and the Counter-Revolution

There is one copy with a title ‘The Woman and the Counter - Revolution’. There is another copy of the same text with a title, ‘The Riddle of the Woman’. The Editorial Board felt that this essay would be appropriate in this Volume rather than in the volume of ‘Riddles in Hinduism’ - Editors of ‘Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Writings and Speeches’

The Woman and the Counter-Revolution

3 mins

THE IX SCHEDULE CREATION AND ITS EFFICIANCY

In case, any property of the citizen is to be acquired compulsorily by the State, there was also a fundamental right, under Article 31,for the citizens to get compensation. Immediately after the commencement of the constitution,many States brought agrarian reforms by legislations. When those enactments were challenged, in spite of the saving clauses found in article 31, those laws were held void as they violated the fundamental right to property of the owners/ zamindars. One such case was Kameshwar singh Vs State of Bihar [ AIR 1951 Patna 91]. The Union Government, then invented a novel devise, not only to save all such laws which were already declared unconstitutional but also to save any such law that may be passed, in future, by legislatures.

THE IX SCHEDULE CREATION AND ITS EFFICIANCY

9 mins

Social Justice and Humanism

Once prejudice against nontheists fades away, religious favoritism is removed from government, humanists are appreciated for our kind and reason-based thinking, then humanists everywhere can begin to focus full-time on promoting our science-based, compassionate, and egalitarian vision for our world. But we can’t wait until such a day dawns; we must assert ourselves today to make a difference in as many ways as possible, even if we have not yet realized many of our longstanding goals. To delay action on other fronts, when action could improve lives, would be to negatively impact the fates of many. This isn’t an acceptable course.

Social Justice and Humanism

6 mins

Preface to the Communist Manifesto

‘Communist Manifesto’, released by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels was for the first time translated and published in Tamil by Thanthai Periyar in ‘Kudi Arasu’ serially from 4th October 1931 to 2nd November 1931. Afterwards Periyar commenced his International tour on 13th December 1931 and returned on 8th November 1932. He visited various European, Asian and African countries. Of them his stay in Soviet Russia was from 14th February 1932 to 19th May 1932. While he was in Soviet Russia, he attended the May Day celebration as State Guest and witnessed Moscow March on 1st May 1932. While publishing the Tamil version of the Communist Manifesto Periyar wrote a Preface to it in Kudi Arasu. The English version of the preface is as follows:

Preface to the Communist Manifesto

3 mins

Interpretation which impede a just social order

On May 5, the Supreme Court of India declared as unconstitutional a Maharashtra law which provided for reservation to the Maratha community in education and public employment in the State. Four judges of the five-judge Bench wrote separate opinions, from which three primary findings emanated.

Interpretation which impede a just social order

6 mins

Firm in unbelief

Bhagat Singh’s well-argued essays are evidence of his maturity

Firm in unbelief

4 mins

EXEMPLARY DRAVIDAM MODEL

In common parlance the term ‘Dravidam’ is associated with racial cum ethnical identity. The meaning of ‘Dravidam’ does not end with this historical fact. The meaning gets manifested more than that and is applicable to the whole of humankind. ‘Dravidam’ is not a dominating or suppressing identity. It is the glorification of humankind with humanistic adherence for peace and prosperity.

EXEMPLARY DRAVIDAM MODEL

8 mins

Corona Control - Surge of Superstition

All efforts are put in to combat the spread of second wave of corona pandemic. On one side all the constructive initiatives including the medical and other scientifically proven endeavours are being undertaken from the government side both the Centre and the States. On the other side, the mindset of the common people is not tuned to arrest the spread effectively. The public has to adhere to minimum efforts of wearing face masks, keeping safe distance with others and restricting the mobility and accessing public places unless it warrants. If not, the government has to announce a strict lockdown by which the economic activities would be affected that would lead to consequential effects on the livelihood.

Corona Control -  Surge of Superstition

2 mins

Caste System

My dear protectors of castes and caste enthusiasts - through my editorial in the ‘Kudi Arasu’ issue of 16.10.1930, I had made it clear that the castes classified long ago into four grades later multiplied into 4000 castes because of one caste mingling again and again with another caste. Quoting from the caste-related evidence of Brahmins, we had also specified that all such multiplied castes are called the ‘panchamas’. And yet some of our people who call themselves ‘velalars’ (agriculturists) assume identity as ‘Sarsudhras’, though they agree with the four grade classification as Brahmins, kshatriyas, vysyas and sudras.

Caste System

5 mins

The Return Of Upper-Caste Politics

Rise of Hindutva has enabled a counter-revolution against Mandal’s gains

The Return Of Upper-Caste Politics

5 mins

Language Policy lessons

Anna’s argument was that the official language should be equidistant to all in a multilingual society.

5 mins

Ram Vilas Paswan - Everlasting Memories

Ram Vilas Paswan was a precious gift by Bihar to the cause of social justice.

7 mins

State Governor ridiculing the CM for being Secular!

The Constitution of India is the governing code of our country. The Preamble of it is the concised revelation of the basic structure of the Constitution that cannot be changed on any count.

4 mins

Recurring controversy about Governor's role in State politics

The negative image of the State governors as above all “an agent of the Centre” has proved difficult to erase.

6 mins

Mangu Ram - Social Justice Stalwart of Punjab

The beginning of the 20 th century witnessed a series of political developments which inter alia led to the formation of Adi movements in different parts of colonial India.

10 mins

NEET - Depriving the Prospective Doctors

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) that was unilaterally imposed by the Central government in the admission process to the medical courses throughout the country, has not achieved anything tangible but the journey continues in reverse gear.

4 mins

Caste Census of India - A 'shuttle' amidst the pillars of Democracy

The constitutional rights of the oppressed people (SCs, STs, OBCs and Minorities) of the country have become a ‘shuttle’ among the ruling representatives of legislatures, the executive and the judiciary.

2 mins

'Stigma as Sudras'

On July 27, 1969, Thanthai Periyar headed a rationalist conference at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. The central idea of his speech was that we would continue to be degraded as ‘Sudras’ as long as fanatics blame our people for making the idols in temples impure by our touch. The content of this speech is in brief as follows:

7 mins

'NEET' - Unconstitutional

Two Notifications were issued; one in December 2010 and another in 2012, by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India (DCI), whereby NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) was made mandatory for admission to all medical courses.

7 mins

'Caste: The Lies that Divide Us' review: Casting a long shadow

With devastating evidence, some from her own life, Isabel Wilkerson links the race-based caste pyramid of America to two other powerful systems, that of Nazi Germany and India.

3 mins

Unscientific Lessons Unwarranted Exams

University Grants Commission, the apex custodian of education in India, recently sent circulars to all our Universities to conduct exams on a bizarre set of lessons related to ‘Cow-Science’, coined by it. The lessons meant for this strange exam are absolutely unscientific and also against Section 51A (h) of our Constitution which insists on development of scientific temper among our citizens.

Unscientific Lessons Unwarranted Exams

3 mins

Hindu Nation. Caste and Communists

Hindu Nation concept is, according to their admission and proclamations is age old and is based basically on the Chaturvarnya model. (hierarchical fourfold division of society).

Hindu Nation. Caste and Communists

6 mins

Incorrigible Barbarians!

The list of superstitious nuts appears to be endless in our country. Time and again news pour from every nook and corner about crazy people who behave in a bizarre manner believing in senseless concepts and beliefs.

Incorrigible Barbarians!

3 mins

CENTRE ENCROACHES STATE SOCIAL JUSTICE POLICY

Indian Constitution stipulates reservation in education for oppresses, based on social, educational backwardness. Through financial assistance to students Centre enroaches on state Reservation Policy

CENTRE ENCROACHES STATE SOCIAL JUSTICE POLICY

3 mins

How Brahmins Enslaved The South Indians?

The Brahman in his pride of intellectual superiority, residing largely in the domain of religion, was determined to maintain his privileged position against the mass of animistic belief which he found when he entered the plains of South India.

How Brahmins Enslaved The South Indians?

8 mins

Need For Political Power For Depressed Classes

The following is the text of the presentation, made by Babasaheb Dr. B.R.Ambedkar in the 5th sitting of the plenary session of the Round Table Conference held on 20th November 1930 in London

Need For Political Power For Depressed Classes

8 mins

SAFFRON RULE SABOTAGES SOCIAL JUSTICE TO THE DEPRIVED!

The importance and justification of equality of humans and equal opportunities to all were felt and practised starting from the British rule in the form of Communal G.O.

 SAFFRON RULE SABOTAGES SOCIAL JUSTICE TO THE DEPRIVED!

4 mins

Rights and Responsibilities

In the issue of ‘Kudi Arasu’ dated 19th February 1949, the editorial penned by Thanthai Periyar made it crystal clear that rights and responsibilities are inseparable. Unless a man is made aware of his rights, one cannot expect him to realise his responsibilities. The content of the editorial is as follows:

Rights and Responsibilities

6 mins

Religious Freedom and Temple Wealth

Secularism and religious freedom mean different things to different people. True secular nations don’t have a state religion.

Religious Freedom and Temple Wealth

6 mins

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