From Non-Brahmin to Non-Dalit: Caste Politics in Dravidian Land

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  1. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Request members from TN/South who hv knowledge of caste politics in south such as Karthic, Natarajan, JP, etc to discuss. Especially the comment posted for the article calling the Dravidian movement as anti-Brahmin, anti-Dalit and a reason for conversions. Good night!

    From Non-Brahmin to Non-Dalit: Caste Politics in Dravidian Land

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    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    Vote bank politics are not observed only in religious domain..but also in caste domain. More numbers in your caste, the more your influence.

    And if certain bigwigs in a particular party are from a particular caste, the more their influence. There is no explicity anti-Brahmanism or anti-Dalit notions in either ADMK or DMK. Example the Thevars used to enjoy a disproportionate influence under the previous ADMK govt because Sasikala was a Thevar. Similarly Kounders used to vote for ADMK for some unknown reason because Amma made many Kounders as ministers. (though the most influential one , Sengotayan has just lost his minister post and the finger of doubt is on Sasikala because after Jaya she does not want a Kounder bigwig in the party.)

    Actually Dravidianism itself as an idealogy can be labelled as vehemently anti-Brahmin, none of the parties practise that kind of dravidianism today. It is simply MK's family vs Jaya the solo actor (in cahoots with Sasi) that defines TN politics today.

    And regarding the Uthapuram incident, it is highly disingenuous of the writer not to give credit to VHP, Hindu Munnani and other local orgs which also played a very positive role in creating history.
     

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