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E.V. Ramaswamy Periyar Popularly known as “Periyar”, he was a radical social reformer of Tamil Nadu. What is less known about him is that he was also active in the freedom struggle for sometime, participating in the non-cooperation movement, offering satyagraha and defending khadi. But soon he gave them up to start a strong Dravidian movement. Portraying Periyar as just anti-Brahmin or anti-God would be to do injustice to a man who fought against Hindu orthodoxy with the kind of rare energy and conviction that transformed the social landscape of Tamil Nadu. To understand why Periyar"s advocacy of rationalism and social reform caught the imagination of the underclass, his movement must be placed in the context of the rigid rituals that had legitimised caste oppression at that time. Personal Life: He was born on 17 September, 1879 in Erode of Madras Presidency to a wealthy family of Balijas. At a young age, he witnessed numerous incidents of caste and gender discrimination. His parents were deeply religious and they frequently arranged religious discourses to be given at a temple or in other public places. While all the other members of the family listened to the discourses with great devotion, even in his early teens Ramasami displayed a keen rationalistic tendency and ridiculed the pundits who gave the talks, by pointing out the contradictions in their statements and also their incredible exaggerations. As he grew up, he became convinced that some people used religion only as a mask to deceive innocent people. That was why he took it as one of the duties in his life to warn people against superstitions and priests.