After taking up larger pan-India, pan-Tamil concerns such as Inform rights, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi looks to be pivoting in opposition to concerns surrounding its well-known pork up heinous — Adi Dravidars and Paraiyars — in politics and other spheres in Tamil Nadu.
The foundation used to be recommend at a most modern webinar on Rettaimalai Srinivasan, conducted by the salvage together and presided over by its chief Thol. Thirumavalavan. The salvage together’s standard secretary and Villupuram MP D. Ravikumar used to be half of the webinar.
Increasing on the precept, in an interview with The Hindu, Mr. Ravikumar demanded that round 60 castes that delay below the Scheduled Caste list in Tamil Nadu (barring the Devendrakula Vellalars and Arundhathiyars) be known as ‘Adi Dravidars’.
“Per the 2011 census, there are 76 castes in SC list. Out of those, 2 castes construct no longer grasp any people; 14 grasp already separated – 7 name themselves as ‘Arundhathiyars’ and 7 more are tense that they be recognised as ‘Devendrakula Vellalars’ and be eliminated from the SC list. Out of those 60 castes, Adi Dravidars and Paraiyars constitute round 90 lakh in relation to population. If we name the 60 castes as Adi Dravidars, it will awful 1 crore folk in relation to population and they’re going to be round 65% of the total Dalit population within the Inform,” he acknowledged.
Mr. Ravikumar acknowledged that the Adi Dravidar (and Paraiyar) neighborhood had been systematically sidelined – in relation to illustration in jobs, education and moreover in relation to political importance within the Inform – no topic being this sort of enormous population.
‘No longer revered’
“Regardless of the numbers, we now grasp got by no system been given correct illustration or political importance within the Inform. Even the Adi Dravidar political icons are no longer revered while other caste icons are revered. The motive that is occurring is as a result of this neighborhood doesn’t claim its caste identification as great as it talks about annihilation of caste,” he acknowledged.
Whereas the VCK had pursued a vary of modern larger political concerns, he used to be asked if the resolution to refocus its attention to the desires of the neighborhood will no longer result in salvage together being labelled a ‘scheduled caste’ salvage together but again. “We’re no longer claiming the Paraiyar identification. Claiming sub-caste identification is in opposition to the Ambedkar’s notion of ‘Annihilation of caste’. We’re highlighting this bid handiest within the fervour of social justice. In total, handiest numerically small communities will be sidelined in electoral politics, which works on the skill of numbers. Regardless of being one of many greatest communities in Tamil Nadu, why is there this sort of pleasant neglect?” he asked.
Whereas Mr. Ravikumar acknowledged that Adi Dravidar identification and Paraiyar identification are in total interchangeable in functional terms, he reiterated that the VCK is no longer attempting a caste-mobilisation. “Adi Dravidar is no longer a caste identification but a secular ‘casteless’ identification and used to be recommend by leaders such as Rettaimalai Srinivasan, M.C. Rajah and Ayothee Thass. We’re asking that every person 60 castes to be introduced below ‘Adi Dravidar’ identification. Over time, they’re going to inter-marry and sub-caste variations will wither away,” he acknowledged.
On the bid of imposing the ‘Adi Dravidar’ identification on other communities, Mr. Ravikumar acknowledged, “We is no longer going to force somebody to settle for this identification. Let this turn out to be a model for inserting off caste variations. If there are neighborhood leaders who don’t wish to be known as ‘Adi Dravidars’, they ought to be free to leave.”
Mr. Ravikumar believes that identifying 60 castes as ‘Adi Dravidars’ will result in elimination of variations between them. “Whereas you happen to design shut Mukkulathors, all three castes grasp turn out to be one and are known as Thevars. The same has took place with Vanniyars. The sub-neighborhood political and cultural variations grasp disappeared over time. The critics in total save a matter to: how can castes be annihilated when Scheduled Castes withhold variations internal themselves? There is good judgment in this criticism and we now grasp got to commence from right here,” he acknowledged.