Periyar felt that a small number of cunning people created caste distinctions in order to dominate over society.
That was why he emphasized the view that we must first develop self-respect and learn to analyze propositions rationally.
Periyar explained that the caste system in south India is, due to Indo-Aryan influence, linked with the arrival of Brahmins from the north.
The practice goes back to 1500 BC and the composition of the four Veda scriptures, part of the ancient Indian religion of Brahmin that later became Hindu.
Who wants an independence that cannot help change these things?
,) (September 17, 1879 – December 24, 1973), also known as Ramaswami, EVR, Thanthai Periyar was a Dravidian social reformer and politician from India, who founded the Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam.
On the caste system in India, Periyar dealt harshly with the practice of discrimination and its subordination of the different levels it created in society.
He attacked those who used the system to take advantage of the masses through exploitation and subjugation.
A self-respecting rationalist will readily realize that caste system has been stifling self-respect and therefore he will strive to get rid of this menace.
One of Periyar's quotes on caste was, "a sizable population today remains as Untouchables, and another sizable population exists in the name of Sudras and as serfs, coolies and menials.
Of themselves, these do not help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward operation of cause-effect equilibriums which each man has set into motion in the past.”Today, most of us in technologically advanced societies view arranged marriage as an inherently chauvinistic practice seeing as its goal an exchange of daughters (mostly) for property or alliance formation and quite separated from anything resembling love.