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Politics and Culture in Tamil Nadu

The Strangeness of Tamil Nadu: Contemporary History and Political Culture in South India by M S S Pandian (David Ludden and Anandhi S [eds]), Ranikhet: Permanent Black , 2019; pp xiv + 250, 795.

The title of the book invites attention at once. “Strangeness” is a curious word to use to describe a political and social culture within the union of India. It is interesting that
M S S Pandian has preferred it to words such as “exceptional” and “different.” Clearly, he does not want to mire his observations in more general arguments to do with history and civilisation in the subcontinent. Further, he makes clear that he is not really setting up a distinction between northern and southern expressions and points to the possibility of dialogue. “Yet,” he suggests, “there is simultaneously a distinct flavor and texture to regional politics” (p 16).

Reflection of Periyar’s Ideas

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Updated On : 7th Feb, 2021

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