The Self-respect League
The Self-respect movement ever since its inauguration by us a few years back has made rapid strides among the masses and has created a good deal of stir in our province. Thanks to the orthodox section on the one hand and the unthinking self depreciating followers of orthodoxy on the other, the movement had its constitution finally fixed on that memorable day of the 18th February of the year of grace at Chingleput. The Self-respect league was given a final shape, with a General Committee of enthusiastic members.
After the Chingleput Conferences, (which by the by, evoked a volley of questions from the interested few at the legislative council) the movement took a stronger and more impressive hold of the younger generation, which resulted in the Conference of the Self-respect youths at Pattukkottai. As one aware of the results of all the ‘one man’s movements’, we thought it wise to shift the burden from our tired shoulders to a committee, whose members have given ample testimony to their selfless work and capacity for sacrifice. We are also prepared to hand over the journals that are under our direct management, to the Self-respect league, when we are convinced of its financial and other equipments.
With a view to give a permanence to the League, in all its aspects, we have determined to enroll members to the League. The object of the League as embodied in the constitution is ‘social reconstruction so as to secure liberty, equality and justice for the individual’. All those who are eligible under section 2 of the constitution (published on page 100 of The Revolt) are entitled to become members of the League.
Those who are desirous of becoming members are requested to send the application form, printed in the last page of this issue or a copy of it, with the annual subscription of annas Two. We expect everyone who is after social reconstruction, especially everyone of the youth world to take to the task in right earnest and fulfil the desire of a movement which aims at bringing together the multitudinous sections of humanity.
– Revolt, 7 July 1929
Notes to 2.2
- This was Periyar’s Presidential address at the South Indian Social reformers’ Conference held on 26.11.1928 at Madras.
- The reference here is to the Swarajist Congressman (see p. 22) who expressed great dismay at the conferences passed at the First Self-respect Conference held in Chinglepet in 1929.
This is probably a reference to a Saivite Conference held in Tirunelveli (see Part 2, Section 5: Tamil Saivism and Self Respect)