(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 25, 2010
Worst Form of Untouchability Exposed
IT was the historic conference on the theme of untouchability and its eradication, held in Pudukkottai in May, that set the tone. The decision of this conference of the Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) was to take the struggle for social justice forward. To implement the decision in its true spirit, the conference also announced agitation programmes on two important issues.
programme was of
conducting a demonstration on July 12, in front of the
The DMK claims to be the true heir to the Dravidian movement. But has it not lost its sheen? The ruling party is now exposing its real face on every issue. The police attack on the anti-untouchability movement is an important point. However, circles within the ruling party itself feel that the government is playing with fire.
Be that as it
may, the violent
police attack on the demonstrators in
many centuries back, explains the reason for the existence of the wall.
It is said
worship Lord Shiva in the temple, he once entered the temple through
the point is that the gate was closed because Nandanar, a dalit, had
temple through that gate. It demonstrates the mindset of the upper
who controlled the temple till recently. Though the state government
over the temple, the
The state government’s contention was that the story of Nandanar is not fully authenticated. But the question here is not about the veracity of the story. This symbol that stands in front of you represents what? This is the question in the minds of the people. The present government is not ready to discuss this point and has been trying to divert attention by issuing statements of all sorts. The irony that one of the Dravidian parties, which claims the legacy of the anti-Brahmin movement and talked about Nandanar when the movement was at its peak, is now seen backtracking.
On July 14,
thousand people assembled near Dr Ambedkar’s statue at Chidambaram,
president P Sampath led them in a procession towards the
True, the RDO and tehsildar did come and meet the demonstrators. But they refused to concede the main demand. Not satisfied with the talks, the processionists then resorted to a road blockade. The police then arrested about 600 cadres including 60 women. Apart from P Sampath and TNUEF general secretary K Samuel Raj, leaders of some other organisations also took part in the agitation.
CPI(M) state secretariat members K Balakrishnan, P Selva Singh and P Shanmugam, the party's Cuddalore district secretary T Arumugam, state committee members S Dhanasekaran, Moosa and S K Mahendran, MLA, Tamilnadu Progressive Writers and Artists Association general secretary S Tamil Selvan, Ambedkar India Republican Party leaders A T Srirangan and Prakash, Human Rights Party leader L R Viswanathan, some leaders of the Aadhi Thamizhar Peravai Veeramurugu, and TNUEF Cuddalore district convenor S Durairaj were prominent among the protestors.
Speaking to the presspersons, P Sampath warned that the organisation would be forced to resort to direct action if the government failed to act.
Existence of such an Untouchability Wall is a disgrace to the society, commented CPI(M) state secretariat member K Balakrishnan.
The response that has been received by the anti-untouchability struggle has created tremors in the ruling camp. Hence, the brutal attacks by the police and false propaganda by the ruling party. But the TNUEF has resolved to intensify the struggle. Its state committee will be meeting on July 25 and 26 for finalising the further course of action. (July 22, 2010)