The International Youth Rational Forum 2023 will be happening on Sunday, December 24, 2023, beginning at 7:30 a.m. onwards at the Myskills College, Kalumpang, Hulu Selangor. This exciting event is organised by the Karuncchattai Ilaignar Padai, a youth movement that follows the Dravidian ideology of the social reformist Periyar. The event has been organised in an ambitious attempt to spread rationalism and progressive thinking among the youth of today. While the event is happening in Malaysia, it will also be attended by many revered and respected Periyarist speakers from countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Canada, the United States, and other nations. The date of the forum is also incredibly significant, as it is on the 50th death anniversary of the late Dravidian ideologist Periyar. Some of the diverse ideas that will be discussed in this event are women’s rights, self-respect, social justice, humanity, and a Periyar for the future generation. Additionally, another exhilarating prospect of this event is that it will revive a strong alliance between the Dravidian associations in Malaysia and other international Dravidian, Ambedkarist, and Leftist-aligned associations. Those who wish to register for the event can do so by clicking this link.
Naan Arintha Periyar was the first event that brought together the Karuncchattai Ilaignar Padai, whereby they organised a productive forum for youngsters who were interested in Periyar but were not affiliated with any Dravidian associations. to discuss and express their thoughts on the reformist, his politics, and philosophy, in the form of speech or poetry. The event had seen overwhelming support from the young generation, which gave them even more encouragement to continue doing more events focused on Periyar’s ideology that still lives within the hearts of Tamils in Malaysia.
Hailed as the father of modern Tamil Nadu, Periyar, who was born as E. V. Ramasamy Naicker in a prominent and wealthy upper-caste family, was a man who grew to struggle against the Brahminical hegemony that the Tamil lands were subjugated under. Periyar, who had first been part of the Congress-led Indian nationalist movement, had exited it because he had viewed it as a movement that protected the caste order of Indian and Tamil society. He had formed his own political ideology through founding Dravidian thought, which stood for rationalism, atheism, self-respect, and anti-casteism. Much of today’s modernism, which exists in Tamil society, has to be attributed to the progressive Dravidian movement and Periyar’s leadership of it. Periyar has even visited colonial Malaya and Singapore, where he had received a lot of support from the Tamils here, especially the working-class Tamils, who can be credited with keeping the politics of Periyar alive in Malaysia today.
For more information on the event please do contact these numbers 016-5910564 or 011-26927211
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