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

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