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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Perspectives on South Asia.

He was the first Leader who had worked for the cause of revivalism of Buddhism in India. These were ordinary demands but a years ago thass met with stiff opposition.

The Madras School of Orientalism: Ramasamy Periyar in politics.?? He was the first Dalit to use Dravidian sentimental legacy to liberate Dalits from Hinduism. They demanded facilities for education for their children and employment for themselves.

This is coupled by the belief that salvation and deliverance happen if one walks the path of virtue and compassion. How to create an inclusive society based on Equality, Tolerance and Humanism?

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Iyothee Thass – Wikipedia

He founded a journal, oru paisa Tamilan and the first issued was published on Iyothee Thass was also an intellectual revolutionary because while most Indians were running after Western knowledge or imagining airplanes and atoms in the Vedas and revived the Dravidian Siddha system of medicine.


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Iyothee Thass termed the native inhabitants who followed Buddhism as Yatharththa Brahmana actual Brahmins. Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge: Vaazhum Bouddham [Living Buddhism]. And the Buddha was called as the “Indirar” which would refer to the one who conquered the five senses. List of Iytohee parties. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: University of Texas Press, Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies. Caste, Class, and Power: Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva.

Iyothee Thass

Their strong assault on not just casteism but the very materialist mentality behind it has a powerful impact, even in translation, on any materialist, western or eastern. They also requested the Govt.

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. Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith.

Kathavarayan & The Revival of Tamil Buddhism

The Dravidian Movement gathered the stands and united them into a full fledged political ideology. Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Click on image to read about Lord Buddha. It contextualizes these arguments and discusses various studies on the categories of caste and religion to designate them into three different theorizations — constructionist, essentialist, and collaborationist. Babasaheb Ambedkar at Bhima Koregaon.


He worked for the downtrodden people. Who are the true Iyoghee and who are the false Brahmins? He was also a popular Siddha Doctor.

Using print for the mobilization of dalits is quite interesting because in popular understanding, Dalits are seen as illiterate and uneducated. Folklore Resources and Research Centre, Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World. Dismantling the Public Sphere: A man of anti-caste ideas, Thass was a major leader, intellectual and activist whose life, work, and legacy have regrettably remained neglected by historians of Tamil Nadu until recently.

Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization: South Indian History and Society: By combining archival research of Parayar’s writings among Tamil Buddhists, as these Parayar, settled in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, are called, I have attempted to understand this movement ethno-historically.

Help Center Find new research papers in: He was also the first notable Scheduled Caste leader to embrace Buddhism.

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The radical anti-caste movement claims religion kyothee a civilizational exscription over a coming community through a radical rereading of history as pedagogy. Writing about those early years, Iyothee Thass says: But Siva and Vishnu are not your deities. The names of those who converted to Buddhism were also published in Tamilan 24 Aug, Neue Hallesche Berichte 9,