Erode venkatappa ramasamy 17 september 1879 24 december 1973 commonly known as periyar also referred to as thanthai periyar was an indian social activist and politician who started the self respect movement and dravidar kazhagam he is known as the father of dravidian movement. Periyar propagated the principles of rationalism self respect womens rights and eradication of caste he opposed the exploitation and marginalisation of the non brahmin indigenous dravidian peoples of south india and the imposition of what he considered indo aryan india. Ev ramasamy periyar is considered as the pioneer of dravidian nationalism popularly known as thanthai periyar or periyar he is known for his self respect movement and for founding dravidar . The religious views of periyar e v ramasamy resulted in him being considered the voltaire of south india both opposed religion virulently because in their views the so called men of religion invented myths and superstitions to keep the innocent and ignorant people in darkness and to go on exploiting them. E v ramasamy or periyar as he is better known of was one of the most inspiring politicians and activists that india had ever seen having experienced vices such as discrimination and exploitation at a very young age periyar had committed his life to social work he is best known for leading the
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