Ph.D. Synopsis “Caste-less Community: Iyothee Thass () and Tamil Buddhism” Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature by Dickens Leonard. Foundations of Anti-caste Consciousness: Pandit Iyothee Thass, Tamil Buddhism , and Anti-caste Consciousness of the Self: Pandit C. Iyothee Thass and. This dissertation is about an anti-caste movement among Dalits (the oppressed as untouchable) in South India, the Parayar. Since the late 19th century.
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He opposed Brahminism Vedic rituals, untouchability. Only AD suffered this ignoring. Kalyanasundara Madaliar, Pandithurai Thevar, Mahavidwan Raghava Iyengar who lived during the same period in the Madras Presidency were hounoured for theirs scholarship and patriotism. The neglect Ayothidasar suffered was worse than physical violence. The higher-caste intellectuals in Tamil Nadu were adopt in practicing this variety of concealed violence. We are presenting before you the history of Tamil Nadu years ago which was ignored by this casteist intellectuals of Tamil Nadu.
European merchants came to India in the tjass half of the 17th century. Railway lines were laid and new departments like post and telegraph, police, military etc were created.
They lived in colonies and with their families they required the services of interpreters, gardeners, servants, cooks and watchmen. They also required grooms for their horses. Tnass the post required physical labour people belonging to the dominant castes did not offer their services. Englishmen ate beef and that was an important reason why tyass from the dominant castes. Kept away from such services.
The depressed classes of TN the sons of the soil who were ignored by the caste ridden society were selected to do these jobs. The men who lived in the slums in and around Madras were selected to lay railway lines, run postal services and construct iyothes.
Kathavarayan & The Revival of Tamil Buddhism
This resulted in the growth of big slums in Egmore, Chetput, Teynampet, Althottam etc. The depressed classes who lived in these slums organized associations like Panchamar Maha Jana Sabhas to forge unity among themselves and hhass their living conditions.
They demanded facilities for education for their children and employment for themselves. They also requested the Govt. Kandappan served under him.
He was a Tamil Scholar and also Siddha Physician. He understood its importance as a classic of world literature and so he carefully preserved the copy. His wife gave birth to a male child on He was also initiated into the hereditary profession Siddha Medicine.
He developed great respect for his teacher and adopted his name. English officials used to go to Nilgiris Hills during summer George Harrington took his Butler Kaudappan and his family members with him to Ooty Ayothidasar married Dhanalakshmi sister of Rettamalai, Srinivasan who was his relation. Olcott, President of the International Theosophical society had started 5 free schools for Panchama children in the centre of Madras.
He also became acquainted with Rev. John Rathinam who started a school for the oppressed in Madras. Iyotgee moved a resolution containing some demands. The opposition to his demands opened his eyes. Did he make revolutionary demands? No, he requested that Pariahs may be allowed entry into Siva and Vishnu Temples.
He also sought facilities for educating pariah children. These were ordinary demands but a years ago they met with stiff opposition. Entrenched casteism opposed his very ordinary demands. But Siva and Vishnu are not your deities. Karuppasamy iyithee Sudalamadan are your deities. It was a defining moment in his life. When he studied of his outlook changed. In July he went to Colombo with company of Col.
Olcott and became a Buddhist. Meetings were held every Sunday. Periyasamy Pulavar, Appaduraiar and Swapna Sundari spoke in these meetings. They exposed Vedic religion and Brahminism and supported rationalist ideas.
He rewrote the history of the oppressed classes when Brahminism had subjugated in a stealthy manner. When he said that Brahmin are steeped in casteism and non-Brahmins are victims of casteism, he was not indulging in speculation — he was speaking the TRUTH.
He said on the basis of strong evidence that the untouchables were once followers of Buddhism.
Brahminism punished tjass individuals and denounced them as casteless persons and people of low birth. When one fights Brahminism he is immediately branded as a person of low birth. When an army cannot do Brahminism can achieve easily and quickly. Just as a virus kills a person Brahminism. Annihislates whole society, the sons of the soil. Ayothidasar understood this and opposed it.
He searched for a counter culture and discovered Buddhism. He para pharased the teachings of Buddhism and wrote insightful commentaries. He not only pointed out the short comings of Hindhuism, but also explained how Buddhism was supers on Hinduism. Ayothidasar did not search for Buddhism in Buddhist Viharas and mutts. He searched for it among the people. He found out two sources of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu. Ancient Siddha texts proved to be sources of Buddhism. Romila Thapar who has studied Buddhism in India has said that Tamil Buddhism is still an open field and it has to be thoroughly studied and researched.
He sowed the seeds of liberation theology; but it was not harvested by the thaws people. He founded a journal, oru paisa Tamilan and the first issued was published on The journal was expected to provide a link with all the branches of Sakkya Buddhist Sangh and explain the principles and practices of Buddhism to its followers. There are persons who cannot differentiate among the higher casts, the middle castes and the lower castes.
Some philosophers, mathematicians, scientists and writers joined itothee to educate the people about the Right path, Honesty etc and they co-operated in the publication of oru paisa Tamilan Articles on Buddhist principles and practices along with news reports on events effecting the lives of the people were published in the journal. Current events were analysed and discussed. It was popular with Tamilians living in the Madras Presidency and also outside the state.
It was during this period that ideas like Anti-Brahminism, Dravidian Ideology, Rationalism etc were discussed by all sections of the people in the Presidency. The Dravidian Movement gathered the stands and united them into a full fledged political ideology. They are the original inhabitants and they should be designated as Adhi Tamilan. Tamils thwss are known for their passionate adherence to Tamil languageTamil Nationality and Tamil Nationalism.
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It will not be an exaggeration to say that the foundation for the fierce nationalism of the Tamil people was laid by Pandit Ayothidasar. Though Ayothidasar studied and wrote continuously his book Aathivedham reveals his total personality. He wrote the life of Buddha in a special manner. Who are the true Brahmins and who are the false Brahmins? Who are the real Brahmins and who act as Brahmins? Ayothidasar asked these questions frequently and gave the answers he instructs us as to how to read the Indian History.
He writes about the history and identity of the Parisahs. He explains how the word Pariah has become a term of abuse in the present day. He writes about Human Rights. Buddhism belongs to Tamil soil, Tamil Nadu. You cannot write Tamil history without discussing the part played by Buddhism in the history of the Tamils.
Buddha wanted people to live a life of dignity and honour. He also thought about how to create the environment for the empowerment of the Dalits. How to live without caste pride or humiliating the so-called lower castes? How to create an inclusive society based on Equality, Tolerance and Humanism? He mentions some incidents from the life of Buddha and exhorts us to create a Humanistic Society.
Pandit Ayothidasar and Dr. Ambedkar studied the Life of Buddha written by Aswagosh. Both studied books written in the Pali language. Ayothidasar always emphasized labour. It was an integral part of his campaign to eradicate caste. The so-called higher castes do not work and do not respect those who do physical work. He has written in many places iyoghee labour created knowledge. In his book Aathivedham he emphasizes the importance of labour. He associate labour with values.
Do you work honestly and efficiently?