Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Violence to Non-Violence : Story of an extremist turned social worker

Edition 21 and 22 - PodUniversal - An Unsung Hero

From 2007 onwards, United Nations has declared that Mahatma Gandhi's birthday i.e. 2nd October every year will be observed as "International Non violence Day" globally. Mahatma Gandhi was leading the freedom movement few decades back against the mighty British Empire and succeeded in his mission. In these days, when violence, extremism, terrorism are on the increase, the concept of 'Non Violence" assumes greater significance. Violence has no place in the development of the society.

To mark this occasion, we present to you a real time case study of Mr Periaswamy of Tamilnadu. Mr Periaswamy right from his boyhood, got engaged himself in extremism. He was arrested and sentenced to death by the Court. He was relieved by the High Court later. During his five years of imprisonment, Mr Periaswamy realised that 'violence' had no place in the development of dalits and downtrodden. A totally changed person, Mr Periaswamy, has now organised 63 night schools in 63 hamlets in two districts and started providing education to dalit and downtrodden children. (see pic. on right)

Besides, he is also conducting tailoring sessions to benefit the young ladies and girls in these localities. (see pic. on left)

Mr Periaswamy may be contacted at nandanartrust@gmail.com

His silent revolution is now benefitting nearly 4000 children of his locality.
In an exclusive interview with K. Srinivasan, Editor of PodUniversal, he explains in detail about his transformation.

Interview with English translation:

Please click to play to listen to his interview with English translation. If you want to download the mp3 file (12 mb), click this link and save to your desktop

Interview in Tamil (original version)

If you want to listen to his interview in Tamil (original), please click to play. You can download the mp3 file (12mb) by clicking this link and saving to your destop.

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