CUDDALORE: Periyar (Dravidian) Movements in the State have decided to act as one federation with an aim to tackle the rising challenges against social justice, secularism, casteism, women’s rights and vital issues of Tamil Eelam. The decision came following a suggestion made by lyricist Arivumathi and actor Sathiyaraj in an event in Periyar Thidal a few days ago.
Supporters of Periyar’s ideologies have welcomed the idea hoping for a positive change. Some active movements functioning separately on Periyar’s ideologies are: Dravidar Kazhagam led by K Veeramani; Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam by Kolathur Mani, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam by K Ramakrishnan; Marxist Periyarist Pothuvudamai Katchi by Ve Anaimuthu; and Dravida Iyakka Tamizhar Peravai by Suba Veerapandiyan
Speaking about the federation, Veeramani said, “The present situation is challenging for the Periyarists as the anti-Periyar ideologists are on the rise.Periyar Thidal is common for all. We welcome the idea of functioning as one federation.”
Chief of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, Kolathur Mani said, “ Though the DK chief had spoken about this association, we are ready to act together only when the DK makes a formal announcement.”