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Caste Tensions

Caste Tensions KANAKALATHA MUKUND and A R Subbiah (August 24) have sought to wilfully misrepresent and distort our argument by responding only to selective sections of our article. Going by their responses it would seem we had characterised DMK as the 'good' guys and the brahmins of Tamil Nadu (and Jayalalitha) as the 'bad' ones. It is surely superfluous to point out that even in the cinematic simulacra that is Tamil Nadu politics, such naive juxtapositions do not obtain. It is another matter that with a few remarkable exceptions the brahmins of Tamil Nadu have throughout this century appropriated to themselves the role of the 'good'; of 'hapless' victims who were being rather unfairly blamed for the sins of their ancestors.

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