(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 07, 2010
Another Wall Of Untouchability Demolished
S P Rajendran
determined intervention of the Tamilnadu
Untouchability Eradication Front, backed by the Communist Party of
(Marxist), the officials of the state revenue
department, police and the corporation of
are nearly 60 families of dalit Arundhadhiyar community at Thandhai
Nagar, Singanallur town in the industrial city of
wall, built in 1990, was evidence of prevalence of discrimination
untouchability,” said U K Sivagnanam, district convener of the
Eradication Front. The Front had petitioned the authorities demanding
of the wall. According to dalits in Periyar Nagar, the government
acquired land for their colony in 1989 and provided house site pattas
Caste Hindus living along the initial stretch of
this background, the Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front leaders
this issue and the CPI(M)'s Tamil daily Theekkathir carried a
story in its issue dated 30 January focussing
this matter. Having seen the news item in Theekkathir
morning, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi ordered the
Officials verified the records and confirmed that the temple and the wall encroached upon a scheme road and also it was an untouchability wall. A group of caste Hindus squatted in front of the earthmover in an attempt to prevent the demolition. As the earthmover began the demolition, the dalit people broke into a thunderous ovation. When the corporation workers were removing the debris of the demolished wall, a group of activists of a Hindu outfit insisted that the temple should not be removed. This resulted in police mobilising more reinforcements.
The dalits pointed out that they were not against the temple but only its location. The state convener of the Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front P Sampath welcomed the action taken by the officials and added that the temple could be relocated with the consent of both sides.
MORE than a thousand activists of CPI(M), including its state secretary N Varadarajan, were arrested on February 2, when they tried to stage a protest outside the Raj Bhavan, demanding immediate action to stop the attacks by Sri Lankan navy on Indian fishermen and withdraw the destructive Fisheries Bill.
Several hundreds of fishermen along with CPI(M) workers participated in the protest and were arrested when they tried to proceed towards the Raj Bhavan.
The arrested included the Central Committee members T K Rangarajan MP, WR Varadharajan, G Ramakrishnan, state secretariat member S Noor Mohammed and CITU fishermen federation leaders Karnanidhi and Celestine.
Earlier, the governor's
Verma, had discussions with N Varadarajan and other CPI(M) leaders, who
him that they had submitted a memorandum last week to Governor Surjit
Barnala, urging him to impress upon the centre to prevail upon
Verma told them that the memorandum had been sent to the prime minister.
The Party also demanded the scrapping of Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill, which, among others, envisages capping a 12 nautical mile fishing area ceiling for Indian fishermen and levying penalty for violations.