Periyar E.V. Ramasamy

Members of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam hold a portrait of Dravidar Kazhagam founder Periyar E.V. Ramasamy during a rally on his 140th birth anniversary, in Coimbatore

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Police personnel guard the statue of rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as 'Periyar', in Chennai. Security has been beefed up across the state of Tamil Nadu for the statues of 'Periyar' after two persons vandalised one of the statues of the rationalist leader in Vellore district.

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The damaged statue of rationalist leader E V Ramasamy popularly known as 'Periyar' after it was vandalised by two persons, who were later arrested for the incident, in Vellore.

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Ambedkar with Periyar in Rangoon, 1954

‘Unhidden persuader’

C.N. Annadurai, M. Karunanidhi, MGR and Periyar in the late 1960s