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Tamil Nadu’s Summer of Discontent

Not a day passes in Tamil Nadu without a protest by common people. In fact, some protests have been going on for months. Why is Tamil Nadu in ferment? Why are more and more people hitting the streets in anger? It is all because of a general distrust of the central government and the popular media. The people’s agitations crossed a certain line in the case of the demand to stop the Indian Premier League matches being played in Chennai, thus creating a divide in Tamil Nadu.

Something is rotten in Tamil Nadu. Such Hamletian angst can bog down anyone watching the state smouldering in anger, propelled by a popular perception that the central government, Hindutva forces, and the media have ganged up against the Tamil people. Regular spurts of public uprisings, coming in various forms at different locales with disparate crowds for diverse causes, speak eloquently about a widespread resentment that has gripped the subalterns, the dispossessed, the minorities, and the underprivileged who primarily swear by a Tamil identity. The youth, who are more indignant over their voices going unheard, raise the decibel level and hit the streets with increased vehemence, driving deeper the wedge that culturally separates them from those crying foul over the fulminations.

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Published On : 17th May, 2018

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