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.


  1. Conflict causes destruction and Peace brings prosperity.

    As a philosophy or as a strategy, Non-violence rejects the use of physical violence in efforts to attain social, economic and political change. Non-violence is used as a synonym for pacifism. Peace and Peaceful resistance are the two sides of the Non-violence just as Ethics and Self regulation are the two sides of Moral Values.

    Mr Periaswamy must have been gifted with a big heart and influenced by Gandhism. His realisation of non-violence is benefiting 4000 children in 63 hamlets in two districts of coastal Tamil Nadu is not a small thing. His service to the society and sacrifice for the cause of downtrodden will certainly
    bring him a place he deserves, in the minds of the people.

    Thanks to Mr Srinivasan of Poduniversal for this nice podcast.

    Y. Babji, Hyderabad, AP

  2. மிக்க நன்றி. இவரின் மனமாற்றம் நம்பிக்கையளிக்கிறது. வெறுமனே தீவிரவாதத்தை விட்டது மட்டுமன்றி ஆக்கபூர்வமான வழியில் மக்கள் முன்னேறப் பாதைவகுக்கும் இந்தப் பெரியவர்களை மிகப் பெரிய அளவில் வெளிச்சமிட்டுக் காட்டவேண்டியது அவசியம்.


  3. Dear Sir,
    Could u please give me the address where Mr. Periaswamy started nightschool.
    Really he has done a very great job.
    If I could join them later part of my life I can serve for the children.


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