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The Emergence of Right-wing Caste Politics in Tamil Nadu

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  Harish S. Wankhede  Ilavarasan and Divya eloped and got married. Divya’s father killed himself a little while later because his daughter had married a Dalit youth. A few days ago Ilavarasan’s body was found next to the railway tracks near Dharmapuri. It is, as yet, unclear if his death was a murder, accident or …

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Caste combined with politics is the culprit: Thirumavalavan

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  Balaji Lakshmipathi@Moses This article is a translation and transcription of a special phone-in program called ‘Love that ended in death’ (‘maranathil mudintha kathal’) featuring the VCK leader Thol. Thirumavalavan which was hosted by Thanthi TV on 11/7/13. The TV anchor Mr Pandey led the discussion and facilitated questions from viewers. Video 1 {youtube}qaEKOvzhSX0{/youtube} We …

Assertion

Oh Periyar! Look what they have done to your teachings!

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  United Dalit Students’ Forum The death of Ilavarasan must be a revelation for people who think we are a democratic society. Is there any society that kills couples who choose to live a life based on mutual consent? Yes, it’s our own “Mera Bharat Mahaan.” In spite of such savagery it does not prick …

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We need to come together and build political spaces for Dalit women: Asha Kowtal

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  In the second and concluding part of the interview with Asha Kowtal, conducted during the National Dalit and Adivasi Women’s Congress held at TISS, Mumbai, on Feb 15-16, 2013, she mulls over the dynamics of the atrocities in Dharmapuri, Maharashtra, Haryana and the pervasive impunity documented all across the country with respect to caste …

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Separate Panchayats for Dalits shall ensure security and development: Sivakami

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  This is the second part of the interview with P. Sivakami, ex-IAS officer, writer and politician who founded the political party, the ‘Samuga Samatuva Padai’, to work ‘on the principles of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, as a forum for social equality’. She is also the founder of the Dalit Land Rights Movement in Tamil …

Atrocities

Fact finding team’s report on Dharmapuri caste pillage

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  [Report translated from Tamil by Ratna Mala] Dharmapuri violence: Caste rage, devastation and looting Report of the Fact Finding team – consisting of Gambeeran, Yakkan, Yazhan Aadhi, K. Umadevi, Sridhar Kannan and Neerai Mahendran – on Dharmapuri caste pillage. “My friends’ mothers scolded in foul language and provoked them to set ablaze the cheri people’s …