Why Gandhi and Peri­yar fell out

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the Congress, the Vaikom Satya­graha was a model suc­cess, a breach­ing of the bar­ri­ers of or­tho­doxy. To Peri­yar, it was an ex­er­cise in high-grade de­cep­tion:

Gandhi had sold the lower castes out. Over the next two years he grad­u­ally de­tached him­self from the Congress and Gandhi, whom he never for­gave. With his fam­ily money, he be­gan the SelfRe­spect Move­ment. His arena was the Dra­vid­i­an­lan­guage-speak­ing South – Tamil Nadu as well as Andhra, Kar­nataka and Ker­ala – and his agenda some­times the very op­po­site of Gandhi’s.

Where Gandhi and his fol­low­ers wore white, Peri­yar in­structed his sup­port­ers to dress in black. Where Gandhi mas­saged the re­li­gious be­liefs of his au­di­ences, Peri­yar called his lis­ten­ers fools, in­sulted their be­liefs and caste prac­tices, and threat­ened to thwack their gods and idols with his slip­pers. And where Gandhi wanted to build a na­tional move­ment, rev­elled in the Dra­vid­ian South

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