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Dalits and Dravidian Ideology

The letter of Venkatesh Chakravarthy (July 22) contradicting an earlier letter by S Subramanyan revealed the fascistic inner nature of the dravidian ideology. There is a chilling sentence, “Periar’s sane view prevailed by not leading to any untoward racial vengeance or ethnic cleansing”. This means that a final solution on the Hitler/Nazi model was on the cards, and would have been carried out but for one man. This only confirms that there is not much difference, among the fascistic ideologies of ‘National Socialism’, ‘dravidian’ and ‘hindutva’.

(1) They all have a hate object usually a tiny identifiable minority: jews, brahmins and Muslims. (2) They all hanker after an imaginary romantic past: Teutonic era, glorious Sangham Tamil period, and classical Hindu raj. (3) They all have a key obsession: race, language and religion. (4) They all wallow in self-pity seeking revenge against: cheating jews, hegemonising brahmins and conquering Muslims. (5) They all make efforts to unify a motley population riven by inherent contradictions: into an aryan race, into a dravidian community and a Hindu nation. (6) They all have a negative perception of what they onsider their own community: non-jews, on-brahmins and non-followers of semitic religions. (7) They all prefer violent methods: gas chambers, cutting tufts and sacred threads, knocking off old mosques. (8) They all put long dead and gone icons to unify their followers: philosopher Nietsche, poet Tiruvalluvar and prince Rama. (9) They all use propaganda and repetition of lies as a key tool: state publicity, cinema and rumours. (10) They all use motivated and distorted racial theories: jewish immigration to spoil purity of aryan race, aryan immigrants to despoil dravidian culture and Muslim invaders to destroy the Hindu nation. (11) They all use words to define themselves which have been used by their hate objects: socialism popularised by Marx, a jewish intellectual, ‘dravidam’ used by Sanskrit linguists to locate south India, and ‘Hindu’ coined by Persian-Arabs to identify the inhabitants of what is now south Asia.

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