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Eighth World Tamil Conference-Of Cardboard History and Discursive Space

With the divine blessings of Jayalalitha, the Eighth World Tamil Conference in Thanjavur concluded successfully, showering praise on its patroness. The distinguished participants demonstrated their scholarly disengagement from the world of realpolitik by maintaining a cautious silence about the deportation of their colleagues:

Two Swords in a Scabbard Crisis in DMK

Two Swords in a Scabbard: Crisis in DMK V Geetha S V Rajadural While no substantial ideological issues have yet been articulated in the present conflict in the DMK, the traditional filial politics of the party has to come to terms with the fact that there are.emerging new political formations in Tamil Nadu today which are seeking to recover salient features of Periyar's rich ideological heritage.

Dalits and Non-Brahmin Consciousness in Colonial Tamil Nadu

in Colonial Tamil Nadu V Geetha S V Rajadtirai The emergence of dalit political voice in the Tamil region in the 19th century predates the political expression of non- brahminism and was influenced by the transformations inaugurated by colonialism.

Neo-Brahminism An Intentional Fallacy

Neo-Brahminism: An Intentional Fallacy? V SURESH's lengthy exposition on 'causes and portents', with respect to the rout of the DMK in the 1990 assembly elections (The DMK Debacle: Causes and Portents', October 17) raises more questions than answers them: questions regarding the complex, uneven and capricious nature of caste-class relationships in Tamil Nadu and the ideological struggles and material bases of brahminism and the nature of resistance to domination and hegemony in a patriarchal caste society. Suresh's exposition may be seen to fall into three parts: in the first part he has assembled reasons and hypotheses as to the defeat of DMK. The second part focuses on the limitations supposedly evident in the broad-based non-brahmin consensus constructed by the Dravidian movement and articulated as a political strategy by DMK; here, Suresh attempts to analyse the contradictory and, often, antagonistic relationship that exists between the backward castes (BCs) and scheduled castes (SCs). The third part of the exposition is an attempt at a theoretical statement on the play of ideology and power in the caste system as it obtains in Tamil Nadu. We shall examine each of these arguments shortly. It seems to us that in every one of these instances, Suresh displays an amazing insensitivity to the interplay between material reality and consciousness; to the 'ripple' effects of ideology and to the mode of production (and legitimisation) of power in caste Hindu society.

Off with Their Heads-Suppression of Dissent in Tamil Nadu

criticism or permit an objective discussion of events and issues. Meetings organised by opposition left parties and groups to protest price rise, bus fare hike, meetings organised by Tamil cultural groups on the Tamil crisis in Sri Lanka, rallies that seek to explain to the masses the meaning and necessity of federalism have all been banned over the past few months and in some instances speakers at these meetings have been told what they may and may not speak. Members of a radical left group who had put up posters that referred to Jayalalitha as 'brahminicar in her politics have been arrested under TADA on the grounds that they are attempting to fan communal hatred. The PUCL report on the Mahamakam tragedy was routinely ignored by the government but soon after the report was released, Jayalalitha quickly sought to absolve herself of any blame that might attach itself to her. In a statement reeking of moral ire she warned that those who accuse her of having caused those deaths at the Mahamakam festival would be duty punished by almighty god.

Dravidian Politics End of an Era

V Geetha S V Rajadurai Its many political compromises notwithstanding, the DMK had served as the focus in Tamil public life for a range of subaltern interests to come together and articulate their concerns and anxieties. Even those who had all along been critical of the DMK, therefore, feel dejected by the bitter end to an era of Dravidian politics.

TAMIL NADU-The Grand Opera Unfolds

to the holding of elections in the State could hardly have impressed the election commissioner. Since the Congress(I)-TUJS alliance forcibly captured power in the State in 1988, there have been four elections in Tripura. Each one of them has been marred by electoral violence and large-scale rigging and booth capturing in which ministers and MLAs of the ruling parties have participated actively along with their armed anti-social henchmen. The opposition has either had to withdraw its candidates or has had to boycott the counting of votes. In the Fatikroy by- election and in the last general elections, armed miscreants under the leadership of Congress(I) ministers drove out polling agents of the opposition parties and genuine voters from polling booths and stamped the ballot papers according to their own choice.

Gender and Political Discourse

Gender and Political Discourse V Geetha C S LAKSHMI'S piece on 'Mother Politics' (EPW, RWS, October 20-29) in Tamil Nadu raises a whole host of questions as to how we are to consider, understand and evaluate political discourses that are gendered in very specific ways.

End of Century Socialism

wise, the derived estimate of unit capital cost would be biased upwards, as shown for a simple case outlined in a note to this write-up. Finally, I would like to point out that it is the real resource as well as the opportunity cost towards which we ultimately work so as to figure out whether minor or major irrigation is more costly. In other words, nominal costs in the accounting sense have to be duly modified: by eliminating from them tax elements if any; by adding to them hidden subsidies if any; adding suitable premium on import content of certain costs; and revising nominal costs to the extent these are based on administered prices/wages/ interest rates: No wonder, we have little firm work in this area.

Communal Violence in Madras A Portent

A Portent? V Geetha S V Rajadurai The riots which broke out following the procession of the Veer Vinayaka idol in Triplicane recently, was in large part due to the systematically planned move by Hindu communal organisations to arouse the anger of the minority community and instigate them.

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