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

Articles By S Senthalir

Caste Fire in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu

Atrocities on dalits continue in Tamil Nadu. On 7 November 2012, a Vanniyar mob ransacked and torched 268 dalit homes in three villages in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri district. By all accounts, it was an organised attack planned by Vanniyar leaders to teach the upwardly mobile dalits a "lesson". This article based on a visit to the area recounts the genesis and fallout of caste atrocities in Dharmapuri.

Silent Emergency in Koodankulam

For the villagers around the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu who are agitating against its commissioning, it is as if they are facing a second Emergency, albeit a silent one. False cases have been slapped against them, their leaders have been charged with sedition and waging war against the government, prohibitory orders have been issued within a seven-km radius of the plant and the government continues to spread stories that the struggle is being funded by foreign sources.