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Kachanatham: In the Shadows of Caste

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  Bobby Kunhu Another massacre that happened in Kachanatham, Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu has gone virtually unnoticed in the shadow of the terrible massacre at Thoothukudi on 22nd May. Outside the local English and regional media almost no one picked up this cruel story – and the reasons must be obvious. Apart from the higher …

Atrocities

Melavalavu Murders

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[Today marks the 15th anniversary of the brutal Melavalavu massacre. Read about it in this excerpt from the chapter ‘The Pattern of Abuse: Southern District Clashes in Tamil Nadu and the State’s Response‘ from the report ‘Broken People: Caste Violence Against India’s Untouchables’ published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in 1999.] In September 1996, the village …

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“I am not a slave and don’t make me a slave”- Annan Pasupathi Pandian, a tribute

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  Ravi Chandran (With editorial suggestions from Kuffir) This article is an attempt to bring together information about the Dalit revolutionary leader Pasupathi Pandian, who was brutally murdered a couple of days ago (January 10, 2012). Since only bits and pieces of news material is available on him, I tried to gather some information from the …

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What actually happened in Paramakudi and how it happened

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Karthik Navayan [Karthik Navayan was a member of a fact-finding team that visited Paramakudi town on 19th and 20th September, 2011, and interacted with the victims and also with the district officials in Ramanathapuram. This article contains his observations and analysis- Round Table India]  On September 11th the police killed six among the several Dalits who …