People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 48

November 28, 2010


Untouchability Wall Falls To

Resolute Struggle In Tamilnadu




FINALLY, Trichy city corporation administration has demolished the untouchability wall that was built across the road with the intention to block the dalits from entering. This action of the authorities has enabled the dalits to reach their area easily from the main road now. The structure was illegal in nature and was built in 1986.


G Ramakrishnan, state secretary of CPI(M) wrote to the chief minister to intervene on this issue. A demonstration was also held on October 27.  The CPI(M) and Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front had called for demolition of the wall on November 9.


A campaign was carried out by the Party explaining the masses about the nature of the wall. Just a day prior to the demonstration, the authorities spoke to the officebearers of the CPI(M) and TNUEF and asked for few days time to take action. Hence the programme was postponed. As promised, on November 18, the authorities have brought down the illegal structure measuring 80 feet long and 15 feet high, paving the way for the dalits to access the path.


The dalits who are residing in Muthalamman Koil Street have thanked the CPI(M) and TNUEF for bringing down the untouchability wall that stood between them and justice.