A feature of Dravidian movement and politics since the 50s is the extraordinary influence that movies and film stars wield.
Labour And Dravidianism: History of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills Strike, the first major industrial unrest in South India
One of the major reasons for the success of the Dravidian movement is its co-option of the working class
The Life and Travails of Dr Sathiavani Muthu: A window to the experience of Dalits in the Dravidian movement
Sathiavani Muthu participated in electoral politics for 3 decades and served as Minister in the Tamil Nadu Government twice.
The Dravidian Movement and the Devadasi Abolition Act: Did a ‘Brahiminical conspiracy’ oppose reforms to the practice as alleged?
The Dravidian movement has long claimed a contribution to the Devadasi Abolition Act. But how true is their claim?
Tamil Nadu: Thol Thirumavalavan’s VCK members stab an office-bearer of Hindu organisation Indu Makkal Katchi
Manikandan, who is critical after sustaining injuries, has been admitted to the Dindigul Government Hospital and is currently undergoing intensive treatment.
How Dravidian ideologues used ‘opposition to Hindi’ to build their ‘protector of Tamil culture’ image and retain power
We will now look at how they used the plank of opposition to Hindi as a means of building their image as protectors of Tamil culture and native rights and to bring them to power.
Whenever the Dravidian movement, especially the DMK is challenged on account of corruption or their support for divisive Breaking India Forces or their Hinduphobia, an immediate shield they use is that of their position as defenders of lower castes against caste-based occupation and discrimination in education.
‘Dravidian politics’ in turmoil: All you need to know about Periyar’s grandson joining BJP and DMK facing heat over Skanda Sashit Kavasam row
DMK maintained silence over insult of a devotional song, while the BJP demanded the blocking of the Hinduphobic channel
Tamils in Tamil Nadu have had the benefits of national integration, wider exposure to language among others, denied to them by the Dravidian agitation.
One of the persistent pieces of given wisdom in Indian political discourse is that the Dravidian movement was a progressive one.
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