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Sample Passages from Primary Texts

The following are passages from Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, Manu-Smriti, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Ambedkar, The Buddhist Nikaya-s. Click on a passage to visit its related internet source:


Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, Revolutionary Sayings. (Accessed October 2008)
Decide for yourselves as to what you should think of those who say there is God, that He is the preserver of Justice and that He is the Protector of All, even after seeing that the practice of Unsociability, in the form of man being banned from human sight and contact, from walking in the street, from entering the temples and from drawing water from a tank, is rampant in a land and yet that land is spared from being razed by an earthquake, burnt by the fiery lava of a volcano, engulfed in a deluge from the occan , submerged in the chasm of the earth , or fragmented by a thunder – storm.

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