Between the Mudukulathur riots of 1957 and the caste-related violence in recent years, do you see any significant change in the Dalit response? Copyright © 2021, THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Migration and, to an extent, religious conversion enabled them to gain access to employment and education. Excerpts: How is it that caste-related violence has occurred mostly in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu? The resources needed to keep up the good work that Frontline has been doing for the past 35 years and more are immense. Krishnasamy was detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during the Emergency in 1976. We should remember that he distributed his lands to … A well-researched chronicle of one of the worst caste riots Tamil Nadu has seen, the book talks about the politics behind the incidents and their long-term implications. Readers who have been part of this journey are our source of strength. Many have written well-researched volumes on the riots and its repercussions, both in Tamil and English. The episode of violence at a Wistron iPhone assembling facility near Bengaluru was not the ploy of a set of rogue managers but is in tune with the nature of global value chains, where companies engage in exploitative practices to be profitable. On the basis of the Venkateshwaran commission’s report, the government arrested Muthuramalinga Thevar under the Preventive Detention Act on September 28, 1957. Ramnad riots A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on July 1, 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. Rajagopal: ‘The minimum courtesy should be to consult people whose lives are affected’. Only unity among equals will be effective and lasting. The murder of Immanuel Sekaran, though it had “conscientised the Pallars about their rights”, could not be termed as “the” reason behind the clashes, says the author. Move smoothly between articles as our pages load instantly. The situation in the area was tense on the day that the results were released, and there was a sizeable presence of police forces in place. In 1957, during the run-up to state assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu, violence broke out in Mudukulathur—a southeastern town in the state—between the Thevars, the regionally dominant caste, and the Devendrakula Vellalars, a Dalit community. An upsurge could be seen among the Pallars in the 1940s and the 1950s. Thevar dominance was such that they were a “law unto themselves” in the region. In the recent incidents in Ramanathapuram, apart from Dalits, Muslims were also targeted. We have a good rapport with Muslims. The police firing at Keelathooval village, which resulted in the death of five Thevar men on September 14, 1957, “was the outcome of the government’s determination to adopt a tough stand against Thevars”, according to Manikumar. There should first be emancipation of Dalits. In 1952 the Congress came to power and in 1957, it returned to power amid the emergence of regional parties, mainly the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Manikumar is careful not to romanticise the issue, being fully aware of the need to make an honest assessment as it has the potential to influence sociopolitical narratives in Tamil Nadu and draw flak from casteist elements that are perennially in denial mode and refuse to view the past with a historical perspective. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. Immanuel Sekaran was born on October 9, 1924 in Sellur village in Mudukulathur, ... Later, the C.N.Annadurai-led DMK government released all those arrested in connection with the 1957 riots. No.45 (MS), Public (General-A), (Confidential), Department, 11, September 1958: “[Muthuramalinga] Thevar abused Immanuel Sekaran as a man of straw and questioned his audacity to sit with him on equal terms as a leader.” Muthuramalinga Thevar left the meeting after chiding his followers for allowing “Immanuel to talk back to him”; the developments eventually culminated in his murder. Though there has been a rivalry between Devendirars and Thevars since Mudukulathur riots, it cannot be reduced simply to a caste feud; rather this is rooted in the dialectics of the Scores of Dalits and Thevars were killed in riots and police firing even as property and crop were damaged. Manikumar says that his arrest “caused no major law and order problem” and adds that “by the second week of October, the violence has abated”. I continue to be a Marxist. N. Ram, Chairman, THG Publishing Private Limited, who spoke on the occasion, said: “The author should be praised for providing a critical historical account of what happened in 1957 and for treading a difficult ground as it could lead to a reaction.” The author has anchored his arguments in archived records, quoting extensively from various sources, especially the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly’s debates and notes on the failed no-confidence motion moved against the then Congress government, to explain the politics behind the clashes. You were a Marxist earlier in your political career. He was elected thrice to parliament. It is a long journey indeed. They have started rallying round Puthiya Tamilagam. He was a protege of U. Muthuramalinga Thevar and a leader of the Forward Bloc. When the All India Forward Block candidate T.L. Although the party did not win a single seat, its performance was impressive in a few constituencies. Although the narration lacks lucidity, with repetitions and casual editing that obstruct the reading experience, it is without doubt a valuable work on the Mudukulathur riots. The election was won by D.V. The election was won by T.V. Sekaran, who represented dalits, is believed to have refused to stand up when Muthuramalinga T walked in. Memories of the Mudukulathur riots have been moulded to perpetuate and intensify caste conflict in the region ever since. 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The election was won by D. V. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. The Mudukulathur region in the same district, which in 1957 had seen a fortnight-long violence, is free of tension so far. During the British rule, certain restrictions had been imposed on them. His determination won the appreciation of those who had been disillusioned with the disruptive politics of Thevar.” At the same time, he takes pains to refute the allegation that Kamaraj instigated the Pallars against the Thevars in order to safeguard the Nadar community. The same has been the case with Pasumpon district, named after Muthuramalinga Thevar, the undisputed leader of the Maravars, Kallars and Agamudaiyars put together and an associate of Subhas Chandra Bose. We organised a big conference in Ramanathapuram recently. For political reasons, the conditions were lifted all on a sudden, without providing time for effecting a smooth social transformation. Congress Reform Committee (CRC) was formed just one month before the 1957 elections to the Lok Sabha and the Madras state legislative assembly. The Mudukulathur Riots have since been deployed by various parties in their political mobilisation. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. (Muthuramalinga Thevar left the Justice Party in protest against its failure to repeal the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, implemented by the British against the Mukkulathors, and joined the Congress in 1937, only to leave it in 1949 when it too failed him.). Hindutva forces think they can break the unity between Dalits and Muslims by attacking Muslim property. Manikumar says that the purpose of his study is not to evaluate the two personalities involved, Muthuramalinga Thevar and K. Kamaraj, but to narrate the sequence of developments leading to the caste conflagration of 1957. The Nayak kings used them as policemen against the sons of the soil. The social and economic emancipation of Dalits by bringing political power to Dalits is my political agenda. In 1957, there was not much awakening. This seemingly caused a shift in the political and caste symmetry in the region. to T.Ladasamy servai& Guruvammal. Get full access to 22 years old archives. He argues that the differences between the two political parties, the All India Forward Bloc, led by Muthuramalinga Thevar, and the Congress, led by Kamaraj, were the main source of the hatred between the Thevars and the Pallars and between the Nadars and the Thevars. In 1957, there was not much awakening. MUDUKULATHUR RIOT(1957): A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on July 1, 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. To begin with, there should be a fight for equality. The dominance of Muthuramalinga Thevar and his All India Forward Bloc in East Ramanathapuram district and the Rajaji-led Congress Reform Committee, a breakaway faction of the Congress, which supported Muthuramalinga Thevar, was an embarrassment to the Congress. Only then can one think of joining hands with other forces. Sasivarna Thevar stood for bye-election from Mudukulathur and won [ 3 ] . The resources needed to keep up the good work that Frontline has been doing for the past 35 years and more are immense. in 1957, were not able to “reconcile [themselves] to the present democratic conditions and cannot believe that the feudal system is vanishing fast”. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. As a result, these communities are going back to their old ways. On the eve of the Lok Sabha elections in 1998, the DKVF metamorphosed into a political party named Puthiya Tamilagam. K. Krishnasamy, 44, a Coimbatore-based cardiologist, gave up practice to fight for the cause of Dalits and formed the Devendra Kula Vellalar Federation (DKVF) in 1995. He makes a sincere attempt to set the record straight, plug the gaps in the narratives, and present the raw documented facts, which many historians failed to do for reasons best known to them. Memories of the Mudukulathur riots have been moulded to perpetuate and intensify caste conflict in the region ever since. Drawing on a vast amount of primary sources, the author narrates the sequence of events leading to the caste conflagration of 1957, and its political and social fallout. There are thousands of castes in the country. Murder in Mudukulathur is the first extended study of this watershed moment. Subscribe to The Frontline now and get unlimited access. They were under the influence and leadership of political parties run by others (other castes). Buy Murder in Mudukulathur by Manikumar, K a online on Amazon.ae at best prices. However, there was no one to guide and organise them properly. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. The print medium all over the world is no exception. 1957 general election Thevar ... Ramnad riots. There are more than 2,000 castes even among the backward communities and more than 100 castes among the Scheduled Castes. Dalits were then completely unorganised, uneducated. The election was won by D. V. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. MUDUKULATHUR RIOT(1957): A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on July 1, 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. Later, the C.N.Annadurai-led DMK government released all those arrested in connection with the 1957 riots. The Ramanathapuram Collector, C.V.R. The Mudukulathur riots and Dalits like Immanuel Sekaran did not figure even in the Dravidian discourse or Non-Brahmin Movement as a problematique. Ukkirapandi Muthuramalingam Thevar (30 October 1908 – 30 October 1963), also known as Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar, was an Indian political leader. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. The Mudukulathur incident of 1957 is significant as it involved both Muthuramalinga Thevar and Immanuel Sekaran. The election was won by D.V. Since the Mudukulathur riots and the murder of the Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran (September 11, 1957) at Paramakudi town in Ramanathapuram district and the gory incident in Keezhvenmani in Thanjavur district in which 44 Dalit agricultural workers were burnt to death (December 25, 1968), Dalits have been asserting themselves against feudalistic forces. Between the Mudukulathur riots of 1957 and the caste-related violence in recent years, do you see any significant change in the Dalit response? https://mayday.leftword.com/blog/post/murder-in-mudukulathur Two kinds of violence were on display in Ramanathapuram—the violence of the dominant class and the violence of the oppressed.” He says that the former’s was to subjugate the oppressed while the latter’s was to uphold the dignity of life. However, in a later chapter, he acknowledges that “the Pallar retaliation was certainly due to the work of Immanuel Sekaran”. Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals New Releases Electronics Books Customer Service Gift Ideas Home Computers Gift Cards Sell A by election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on July 1, 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. Prof K.A. A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on 1 July 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. Their assertions took the shape of a movement after educated leaders started emerging from within. It is a long journey indeed. The material sourced by the author, including the peace document, has helped him substantiate his claim that there was more to the riots than meets the eye. Readers who have been part of this journey are our source of strength. Subscribing to the online edition, I am confident, will make it mutually beneficial. The print medium all over the world is no exception. (P. Kakkan, a Dalit leader, was a Minister in the Kamaraj government then.) I have just laid the facts before the readers. Today, there is a memorial for Immanuel Sekaran in Paramkodi in southern Tamil Nadu. Until the turn of the 20th century, the Thevars, whom the author says were “prisoners of their own predilections”, were dominant in East Ramanathapuram, and the government was virtually non-existent. There are no local issues between the people of the two castes involved. To continue enjoying Frontline, you can turn off your adblocker or subscribe to Frontline digital. The leaders brought all caste-based atrocities to the notice of the state. Murder in Mudukulathur is the first extended study of this watershed moment. Manikumar quotes from G.O. The Ramnad riots were a series of politically motivated violent clashes that occurred between July and September 1957 in the Ramnad district, in southern Tamil Nadu, India. It was followed by anti-Dalit violence in the villages of Nadunalumuthalikkinaru, Kodiyankulam and Sankaralingapuram (in Tuticorin district in the late 1990s); the murder of Murugesan, a Dalit panchayat president, in Melavalavu in Madurai (2000); the struggle of elected presidents to assume office in the reserved village panchayats of Pappapatti, Keeripatti and Nattamangalam, all in Madurai (2000); the arson and looting at the Natham Dalit colony near Dharmapuri following an inter-caste marriage (2008); and the murder of Shankar, a Dalit youth, following his inter-caste marriage, at Udumalpet town (2017). It is against this backdrop that any writing on sensitive issues such as the Mudukulathur riots, including Manikumar’s book under review, has to be viewed. They have their own flags; now they are well organised. As the distribution of printed copies is unlikely to resume any time soon, Frontline will come to you only through the digital platform until the return of normality. They were under the influence and leadership of political parties run by others (other castes). Since political leaders are often seen as icons of their caste community, I had to identify every person who played a part.”. As a result of this, he resigned the Mudukulathur Legislative Assembly seat which he had previously held. In 1957, there was not much awakening. The antagonism between the two caste groups was not restricted to the social realm; economic factors also played a crucial role. Sasivarna Thevar. Though there has been a rivalry between Devendirars and Thevars since Mudukulathur riots, it cannot be reduced simply to a caste feud; rather this is rooted in the dialectics of the However, the victory triggered controversy which resulted in the murder of Congress Dalit leader Emmanuel Sekaran and fuelled the 1957 Ramnad riots . Muthuramalinga Thevar’s followers believed that Kamaraj had betrayed their leader since they believed it was he who helped Kamaraj enter Madras provincial politics in the 1930s and launch his political career. The election was won by D.V. What is your political agenda? IT is quite paradoxical that a socially progressive State such as Tamil Nadu should have a long and despicable track record of discriminatory practices against Dalits. A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on 1 July 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. Ramnad riots A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur Assembly constituency on July 1, 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. [2] the anniversary of devendrar's death is celebrated annually as devendrar jayanti by … The author K.A. ... group of thevars on 11 september 1957. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. Dalits were then completely unorganised, uneducated. Get full access to 22 years old archives. Sasivarna Thevar of the Forward Bloc. Sasivarna Thevar won the by-election for the Mudukulathur assembly constituency vacated by Muthuramalinga Thevar, in July1957, the pro-Congress dalits clashed with pro-AIFB Thevars, and the clashes spread throughout the constituency. “We cannot hold U. Muthuramalinga Thevar responsible for how people behaved during the Mudukulathur riots in 1957. The episode of violence at a Wistron iPhone assembling facility near Bengaluru was not the ploy of a set of rogue managers but is in tune with the nature of global value chains, where companies engage in exploitative practices to be profitable. Manikumar details how the incidents unfolded and resulted in one of the worst riots Tamil Nadu has ever witnessed. Now most Dalits have come out of the clutches of those political parties. The killing of Immanuel Sekaran in September 1957 became a major flashpoint in Tamil Nadu politics. In the years following the riots both communities have used the memory of Mudukulathur for political mobilisation, and the event continues to have strong resonance in contemporary politics. Murder in Mudukulathur is the first extended study of this watershed moment. Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations. The hatred for each other during the last two months resulted in a number of clashes between these two parties and was responsible for creating tension in this taluk.”, An analysis of the pattern of the conflagrations in the book indicates that the murder of Immanuel Sekaran “did not evoke any organised protest from the Dalit community [immediately]” since the caste violence “had been fierce with battles involving Thevars on one side and Pallars and Nadars on the other”. ... Later, the C.N.Annadurai-led DMK government released all those arrested in connection with the 1957 riots. You have reached your limit for free articles this month. mudukulathur riot(1957): A by-election was held in the Mudukulathur assembly constituency on July 1, 1957, as Thevar had resigned from his assembly seat. “Between July 1995 and June 1996, clashes between Thevars and Pallars resulted in large-scale destruction of property, loss of life on both sides” (Human Rights Watch 1999:84). Today, there is a memorial for Immanuel Sekaran in Paramkodi in southern Tamil Nadu. mudukulathur, tamil nadu on 9 october 1924. The killing of Immanuel Sekaran in September 1957 became a major flashpoint in Tamil Nadu politics. CRC was formed just one month before the 1957 elections to the Lok Sabha and the Madras state legislative assembly. The Pallars recollect the riots as the first bold sign of resistance against the caste-based slavery they had languished under for centuries. Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Gift Ideas Customer Service Books New Releases Home Computers Gift Cards Coupons Sell “We cannot hold U. Muthuramalinga Thevar responsible for how people behaved during the Mudukulathur riots in 1957. And after independence, political parties used them for their own ends. Can it be separated from class struggle? Between the Mudukulathur riots of 1957 and the caste-related violence in recent years, do you see any significant change in the Dalit response? Manikumar’s Murder in Mudukulathur: Caste and Electoral Politics in Tamil Nadu (2017) helps set the record straight. Immediately clashes between Maravars, who largely supported the Forward Bloc, and pro-Congress Dalits began in a few villages soon after the election result was acknowledged. Move smoothly between articles as our pages load instantly. Sasivarna Thevar was born in the southern part of the Madras province. This incident triggered a political and social churning that continues to influence politics in Tamil Nadu. Dalits' problems can be solved by none other than Dalits. In-depth analysis of issues and events in India and around the world. Drawing on a vast amount of primary sources, the author narrates the sequence of events leading to the caste conflagration of 1957, and its political and social fallout. The situation in the area was tense on the day that the results were released, and there was a sizeable presence of police forces in place. In Tamil Nadu too, at the top of the pyramid of the caste system are Brahmins. After the 1957 general elections, it became more or less a case of personal enmity between Muthuramalinga Thevar and Kamaraj, which percolated down to the party cadre and to members of the caste. Quoting from the minutes of the peace meeting, the author says that Muthuramalinga Thevar had accused Nadars of distributing firearms to “Harijans and Nadars to destroy the Thevar community”. Panikkar, convened a peace meeting at Mudukulathur on September 10, 1957, which was attended by Muthuramalinga Thevar and his men, Perumal Peter and Immanuel Sekaran, and Veluchamy Nadar, a representative of the Nadar caste. It is also true that in this surcharged environment, genuine and objective works of a few writers and historians have been distorted and sometimes even dismissed as being “casteist”. Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. On the other hand, the Thevars remained backward in education and, as noted in a Government Order (G.O.) In the 1930s, with the help of Christian missionaries, Dalits got educated and subsequently became economically empowered. Owing to violence in the after math of the 1957 Mudukulathur bye-election, the district collector convened a peace meeting where all caste leaders, including the powerful Muthuramalinga Thevar of Forward Bloc, were invited. They were under the influence and leadership of political parties run by others (other castes). on 11 September 1957.2 Immanuel's death resulted in the Mudukulathur riots, a clash between the Devendirars and Thevars that lasted for a few weeks. In fact, he says, "I continue to be a Marxist." ... and special precautionary measures were put into operation in Mudukulathur taluk. The situation in the area was tense on the day the results were released, and there was a sizeable presence of police forces in place. The election was won by T.V. He writes: “Violence was the coin of this political commerce. Dalit assertion today is growing, with a new breed of educated and economically empowered Dalits, including a tiny group of radical Ambedkarites, active in the social and literary arenas, besides engaging themselves in grass-roots-level activism. A person belonging to an economically weaker section and a backward caste should first consider as his equal a Dalit who is similarly poor. If Dalits, with about 20 per cent presence in the State, and Muslims, with 12-15 per cent presence unite, it can signal the emergence of a formation that will be formidable. The Communist Party of India was denied permission to attend it. They attacked Dalits and Muslims and also destroyed property belonging to both... After the formation of Puthiya Tamilagam I raised my voice in the Assembly in support of the Muslim community and organised more than 50 public meetings against the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA). Muthuramalinga Thevar questioned the participation of Immanuel Sekaran, saying that “he [Muthuramalinga Thevar] was the sole representative of both Thevars and Pallars”. It was a planned attack, organised outside the district and executed in Ramanathapuram district in the name of organising a conference. However, he adds that “[Muthuramalinga] Thevar’s actions after Independence wiped clean his nationalist legacy”. Manikumar argues that it was imperative for the Congress and its Chief Minister K. Kamaraj (since 1957), a Nadar by caste, to break the Thevar domination in East Ramanathapuram, where tensions between Thevars and Pallars had been simmering since 1955. In-depth analysis of issues and events in India and around the world. Subscribe to The Frontline now and get unlimited access. 1957-ம் ஆண்டு தமிழக உள்துறை அமைச்சராக இருந்த எம். Manikumar explains how Kamaraj initiated countermeasures that steadily eroded the Thevar support base. Rajagopal: ‘The minimum courtesy should be to consult people whose lives are affected’. The election was won by D.V. Murder in Mudukulathur is the first extended study of this watershed moment. Copyright © 2021, THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. 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