ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ramaswami Naicker and the Dravidian Movement

Movement Mohan Ram Equating poverty with race, and race with caste, E V Ramaswami Naicker founded the Dravidian movement to fight Aryan 'domination' which to him was synonymous with Brahmin domination and Brahminism. His anti-Brahmin movement had elements of Jyotiba Phule's Satyashodhak movement in Maharashtra and also a secessionist content. Even after Independence, Naicker's movement continued to represent the strong Tamil reaction to Brahminism as also the assertion of Tamil indentity vis-a-vis the rest of India.

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