Head of Periyar statue knocked off in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai, police investigating

A statue of Dravidian ideologue and icon, EV Ramasamy popularly known as the Periyar, was found vandalised this morning at Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai district. The head of the statue was missing. No arrests have been made in connection with the case yet.

Last year, a statue war had broken out between people from different political ideologies across the country. From Periyar to Hindutva ideologue Shyama Prasad Mookherjee to Mahatma Gandhi and even constitution’s curator Bhimrao Ambedkar, statues belonging to various icons were found vandalised in different parts of the country.

Even during the last year’s sprees of statue vandalism, a statue of Periyar was damaged in the same district. The incident had led DMK leader MK Stalin to demand special protection for all the Periyar statues in the state.

“All of the statues of Periyar must be given due protection across Tamil Nadu,” DMK’s working president MK Stalin had reportedly said after the vandalism last year.

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth had also condemned the vandalism, calling it an “act of barbarism.”