• He declared Indian independence as a day of slavery and declared it as a day of mourning. He fought for the separation of Tamil areas of India and Sri Lanka and for the human rights of the oppressed Tamil diaspora. He backed colonial rule and attempted to forge an alliance with both Ambedkar and Jinnah.
  • EVR’s comment on Tamil as a “language of barbarians” haunted him later in life. He was a strong proponent of embracing English as the global language and dropping Tamil from academics. To this day, his followers choose to ignore discussions on this topic.
  • Early in his political life, EVR had derided Tirukkural and an anachronism and a tool for Aryan aggrandisement. At a later point, he embraced it as the true guide and insisted it was a common guide for all religions. When prominent Muslims spoke out and commented that a man-made work, Tirukkural can never equal God-given verses (Qur’an), EVR and his rationalist thought observed silence.
  • In recent years, anti-Hindu and anti-Brahman movements such as neo-Buddhism have adopted Periyarite rhetoric into their propaganda. Other Anti-Brahman, anti-Hindu and anti-Semitic groups such as Dalitstan and Dalit Voice have combined Periyarite rhetoric with Afrocentric pseudohistory to portray Dalits as “Black-descended” and pitted against the “White” Brahmins.