spite of the dark and even dirty clouds that have been
hanging over the political horizon, there are to be
discerned one or two silver linings. Dr. Ram Manohar
Lohia conferred with Periyar Ramasami, unfolding his
scheme of a joint effort for the eradication of caste.
The Doctor has informed the public, that he is prepared
to go to any lengths, in the realisation of this common
Periyar's entire politics has for its bed-rock, annihilation
of caste—in fact he left the Congress, only when his
sense of justice was wounded by the savage exhibition
of Communalism in that camp at Gurukulam. From that
time onwards, Periyar has been carrying on this crusade—and
in his anxiety to get his object fortified, he was prepared
to go to any lengths—even to the length of allowing
others to mis-represent his motive. Hence he ought to
have been immensely elated when Dr. Lohia made a sympathetic
and friendly approach.
For many who have been all along thinking, that the
interest of Dr. Lohia lay in the economic and political
spheres alone, this 'approach' would have been in the
nature of a mild surprise. Some are visibly shocked.
Whether surprised or shocked, all are interested in
witnessing the further progress in this "friendly
Not only Dr. Lohia, but all those who are up against
'caste' should see to it, that there is formed a phalanx.
But, for the successful formation of such a 'front',
it is imperative that conditions—stipulations-should
not be cooked up.
For instance, it is reported that Dr. Lohia, suggested
to Periyar, that in order to get his assistance for
the common objective, Periyar should give up his, Opposition
to Hindi Separation of Tamil Nad, Antagonism to Gandhism
and the like.
Such stipulations savour unpleasantness.
The Doctor should begin his great experiment in right
earnest, instead of demanding 'the pound of flesh'.
Sweet reasonableness is the best of all prescriptions.
We hope and trust that Dr. Lohia, would be able to succeed
in his effort.
Another item of interest is, this. The president of
the Brahmana Seva Samaj had the goodness of heart to
interview Periyar and it is reported that during the
discussion they found out that basically there is no
reason for antagonism between Brahmin and non-Brahmin
communities. This is interesting and we would request
the president of the Brahmana Seva Samaj to pursue the
matter further and work towards communal concord.
Despite dangerous trends and dastaradly deeds here and
there, there are 'silver linings' which should not be
missed—for even the most terrific of storms would cease
and the most awkward passions controlled, given the
magic touch of goodwill and sincerity.
Editorial - 02.02.1958)