Name: Erode Venkata Ramasamy Naicker/E.V.Ramasamy Naicker
Known as: Periyar E.V.R./Thanthai Periyar
Date of Birth: 17th September 1879
Date of Death: 24th December 1973 (at the age of 94 years)
- Founder of “Dravidar Kazhagam”/DK- a party with ideologies of anti- Brahmanism, anti-Hinduism/gods & goddesses /ceremonies/rituals/superstitions etc. and the party vehemently fought for the abolition of ” Untouchability “ and focused its attention on the liberation of women, women’s education, willing marriage, widow marriage, orphanages and mercy homes. From “Dravidar Kazhagam”/DK many more Dravidian Parties such as “Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam”/DMK, “All India Anna Drivida Munnetra Kazhalgam/AIADMK etc. emerged as strong opposition parties to the ” Indian National Congress”. DMK and AIADMK have become alternative ruling parties in the state of Tamilnadu since the year 1967 till date.
- E.V.R.Periyar has been listed amongst “The Top 100 Most Influential People amongst Tamil Society of the 20th century”.