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On Dalit Unity

This is with regard to the well-­researched article “Dalit Political Imagination and Replication in Contemporary Tamil Nadu” (EPW, 8 September 2012) by Karthikeyan, Rajangam and Gorringe.

The first point is that Tamil Nadu’s dalit population is a little more than 22%. If only they were united, they would be a force to reckon with. Even the two Dravidian parties would have to show more respect and consideration ­towards them. The different factions and parties of the dalits do not come together since the leaders fear that their personal importance would get diluted. A few years ago when Mayawati formed the Bahujan Samaj Party unit of Tamil Nadu, Krishnasamy and Tiruma oppo­sed it, very unconvincingly.

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