TN ban orders give Ramadoss new lease of life
It is crisis of existence that has made the PMK fall back on its roots, politics of the community. As part of this, it has strung together caste Hindu outfits on their common opposition to Dalits. These backward classes and most backward classes comprise an influential bloc of intermediary castes which consider themselves superior to Dalits, even as they claim to be victims of oppression so as to benefit from the reservation system. Ramadoss faced a barrage of criticism for calling love marriages between caste Hindu girls and Dalit boys a drama scripted by Dalit leaders, and for seeking amendment to the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. While the AIADMK remained silent, some said it was due to the influence caste Hindus have in the party.
Then came the orders by collectors of Ramanathapuram, Madurai and Cuddalore barring Ramadoss’s entry, citing threat to communal harmony. The Ramanathapuram and Madurai ban orders were greeted with silence, but by the time the Cuddalore collector’s order came, other parties had woken up to the threat such actions bore to
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