September 17, , witnessed the historic Anna-Periyar split. This event occupies a significant place in Dravidian, Tamil, and Indian history. But was that the real reason for the drift? This accusation made by the then-DMK in against Periyar is used to defame him till date. There is also a theory which states that this entire controversy could have been avoided if Periyar had adopted Maniyammai instead of marrying her.
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Maniammai Road is in Palvakkam. Her father was Kanakasabai Mudaliar, a member of the Dravida Kazhagam. At this time, Periyar was over sixty years old, and Maniammai was in her twenties. She had been a student of the Self-Respect movement since her childhood, and a great admirer of Periyar.
International Women's Day: Remembering Maniammai, the woman leader who shouldered Periyar's legacy
Self respect marriages — only for cadres E. Ramasamy was of the view that marriages arranged by parents without the consent of their sons and daughters and with huge age difference between the bride and groom, lacked self-respect. He conveyed this view many times through his speeches and writings. His colleagues and cadres perceived it as an act of hypocrisy, which exposed his true colours. Do not our self respect marriages ensure equal rights?
Born around , she was the daughter of Kanagasabai Mudaliyar, a member of the Justice Party, which was renamed the Dravidar Kazhagam in Sadugudu is a rough game similar to kabaddi. In her early 20s, Maniammai joined the Dravidar Kazhagam. She became his personal assistant, looking after his well-being, collecting his speeches in the form of booklets and distributing pamphlets at all Dravidar Kazhagam meetings.