Seven reasons why “Tamils ​​aren’t Hindus” are trending on Twitter

It was strange to see “Tamils ​​are not Hindus” trending wildly on Twitter on the day of Dussehra and here’s why.

Apparently it all started when the Hindu right tried to usurp Raja Raja Chola as the Tamil king by calling him a Hindu. Raw emotions arose over many new walls being built between North and South.

Politics at the top was tricky, playing on communal and caste sentiments, and sparked this reaction from Tamil Hindus, prompting them to create a violent Twitter trend: “Tamils ​​are not Hindus”.

First, Tamils ​​are absolutely against the caste system and say that Hinduism means accepting Sanskrit, Brahmanism, Varna system, high caste, low caste, Manusmirti law, Vedas, untouchability, submission, superiority over one another and a host of other things that they fully accept accept Reject.

Secondly, historically they see no archaeological connection to the North Indian Aryans and declare their sites like Attirampakkam, Adichanallur and Kodumanal to be Vaigai and Thamirabarani civilizations. These show no signs of Arya Hindu rituals or Hindu-Hindu connections. They bitterly blame the British for registering Tamils, Vaishnavites and Shaivites as “Hindus” and washing away their distinct identities.

Third, they believe that Tamil Nadu is the land of the great Ravanan, in contrast to North Indian Hindus who regard Ravan as a demon. They call Ravanan the most disciplined hero ever seen in Puranaas and the great king Ravanasurar surpassed them all richly celebrated by the Tamils.

Fourth, they believe that they are culturally and historically different. The South Indian Tamil language has entirely different roots, and the past glory of their archeological site differs from that of the Aryans. They call it the “Keezhadi” civilization, dating back more than 10,000 years of a betaanalytic third century BC.

fifth, they call themselves Saivaites and Vaishnavites and not Hindus.

Vaishnavism and Shaivism are two types of religious sects prevalent in India. Vaishnavism believes in the supremacy of Lord Vishnu over all other gods. On the other hand, Shaivism believes in the supreme power of Lord Shiva. This is one of the main differences between the two religious sects.

Vaishnavism was founded jointly by many great religious leaders, but credit goes to Ramanujacharya, who lived in the southern part of India. He is said to have lived in the 12th century AD.

Shaivism was built on the philosophy of Advaita founded by Adi Sankara in the 8th century AD. Shaivism believed in the unity of living beings and believed in the fact that unity was effected by the innate power of the supreme soul named Brahma.

sixth, Their mythological traditions differ from the North Indian Hindus. According to Tamil mythology, the Kali deity is a meat-eating, cigar-smoking, and alcohol-drinking goddess rejected by the North Indian right wing.

seventh, Periyar played a great role in the creation of Tamil society. He raised awareness of women’s fundamental rights. He criticized child marriage and the Devadasi system. Periyar fought for women’s rights. Periyar raised his voice for the enslaved women. He also supported women’s right to education and their social status. As part of the self-respect movement, Periyar emphasized women’s equal rights to property.

He brought rationalism and had a strong impact on Tamil society. People began to think logically and destroyed the superstitions around them. Many social activists began to advocate for people in the depressed classes. Non-Brahmins were allowed to enter the temple. The appointment of non-Brahmins as priests in temples became a historical milestone. The concept “The air we breathe is common to all of us, the land we walk on is also common to all of us, the same kind of blood circulates through all people, all are equal”.

He developed rationalism as his strategy to attract people’s minds. For example, people usually pour water and milk over god statues and it is one of their oldest rituals.

Periyar said that “instead of praying by pouring milk and water on the statues, one can contribute to society by giving this milk to the poor, which will help them overcome their hunger and satisfy their appetite”. Actually, rationalism is not against gods or against the worship of gods, but to destroy the superstition that was practiced in the name of God at the time. It also deals with thinking with endless wisdom to contribute to the good of society. Periyar was strongly opposed by the public, especially the Hindus, for its changes.

He launched a self-respect movement, one of the most important campaigns in Periyar’s life. This movement was started by Ramanathan in 1921. He later asked Periyar to lead this campaign. The main propaganda of this movement is to create a casteless society, develop rationalism, condemn superstition, and create equality and unity among people.

This movement also declared the empowerment of women to be its primary goal. This movement had a tremendous impact on Tamil society. Due to the self-respect movement, the number of inter-caste marriages in Tamil society increased. This movement not only brought about a major change in the minds of Tamils, but also played an important role in educating the people of India and other parts of the world about rationalism. In earlier days, lower caste people were persuaded to bow down to upper caste people. The self-esteem movement has changed this whole system. This movement aimed to treat all types of people in this world with true respect.

Tamils ​​say: “This is Tamilnadu – the land of the Tamils! This is the land of mighty Ravanan! Keep your Ram Puraana off our land! Ram is not accepted here! This is Ravanan country! So out with the sanghis!”

Of course, the right responds to “Tamils ​​are not Hindus” and calls them separatists in Tamil Nadu tukde Gangs operating under various guises. They even began to blame the “proselytizing missionaries” and “jihadis” for trying to separate Hindus from above and below because they considered it a dangerous step to separate Hindus. But hasn’t the right realized that their own separatist policies in India are now alienating them from everyone else?

Now India is so divided by politics that North and South, Aryan and Dravidian have become more isolated and fragile. While the politicians should have focused on the unification of India, they focused on attacking the minorities and even in the hashtags Christians and Muslims are blamed for the hashtag when by the way they have nothing to do with it. The Hindu right still has not understood that the Saivaite and Vaishnavite Tamils ​​are reacting to their dominant rule and are now distancing themselves from them. They now pride themselves on being a highly civilized culture that outweighs the “Aryans”. Who demanded these divisions? Let the ruling party review their policies.

Here are some of the people who say “Tamils ​​are not Hindus”

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