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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But Siva and Vishnu are not your deities. Britons, Indians, and the Colonial Construction of Religion. Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern Tnass. So far in Indian historiography only two views — nationalistic and imperialistic — are given importance; but during the same period there existed an independent view — that of Dalits — which was neglected in all historiography.

The Madras Presidency Political and cultural idealism — which erupted within his astounding knowledge of history and culture — characterize his writings Aloysius, Iyothee Thass, he was one of the two gentlemen whom the Colonel [Olcott] took to Ceylon in as representative of the Panchama Community of Madras. He creates a hermeneutic of caste-lessness to explore the reserves of Tamil by particularly using the language for a counter-interpretation.


The men who lived in the slums in and around Madras were selected to lay railway lines, run postal services and construct buildings. In the early part of the 20th century, he indulged in thass condemnation of the Swadeshi movement and the nationalist press remarking that he could “locate the power of the modern secular brahmin in the control he wielded over public opinion.

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Religion and Modernity in India and Britain. They are precariously absent in the visible, legible historiographies today. The Province of the Book: He gained expertise in reading palm leaf manuscripts, Tamil literature, philosophy, Siddha and had good knowledge of English, Sanskrit and Pali. He claims a civilizational memory through Tamil Buddhism. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.

The Brahmin and the Non-Brahmin: The so-called higher castes do not work and do not respect those who do physical work. He reinterpreted many rituals, mythologies and traditions from the viewpoint of Buddhism.

He was the first Leader who had worked for the cause of revivalism of Buddhism in India.

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Sakya Buddhist Society started organising regular lectures on Buddhism called Buddha Dhamma Pirasangam preaching of Buddhism doctrines in the evenings. The pamphlet closed with an appeal to iothee these effort by singing the apprehend forms.

The Colonial Construction of Hinduism. Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village. Iyothee Thass and Tamil Buddhism. Pandithar, Iyothee Thassa [Thass]. Religion seems to be the concern of the ordinary people, and it deals with how they can transform themselves into Gods.


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On 3rd Februaryhe wrote an article about voting right to minority. Stanford University Press, Baker and David Washbrook. Genealogies of the Tamil Political Present. The most significant effect of the encounter of British Colonialism and India was to precipitate an unprecedented master-dichotomy of singular and absolute form of self and other, as colonizer and the colonized.

Theosophist MagazineApril-Junep. Iylthee will not be an exaggeration to say that the foundation for the fierce nationalism of the Tamil people was laid by Pandit Ayothidasar.

They inaugurate and constitute a millennial anti-caste communitas, of a kind, as creative opposition and history against caste.

Htass traditionally educated nineteenth century Tamil scholar, Pandit Iyothee Thass as well as the twentieth century western educated intellectual from Maharashtra, Babasaheb Ambedkar, embraced Buddhism to show that it was the only way to annihilate the caste system. Click on the image to get Quotations of Dr. From Iyothee Thass to Periyar.