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

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Struggle for Panchama Lands-Dalit Assertion in Tamil Nadu

in sensitive areas. The BJP too was expected to resort to celebrations thereby provoking riots. Fortunately, the government's preparedness for any eventuality served to prevent law and order problems. The flag hoisting was a private affair. The BJP was not permitted on the site. The police had to lathi-charge and open tear gas shells to disperse a crowd of 300 for not being allowed" to participate in the event. The Anjumane- Islam president publicly stated that they had taken the decision to establish the patriotism of the Muslims. The community wanted "to teach a fitting lesson to the communal and anti-national forces''.

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