Monday, August 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Tirumavalavan faces caste bias from MPs

Tamil Nadu
Tirumavalavan faces caste bias from MPs
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Jul 31, 2011 at 09:11am IST

CHENNAI: In what could be termed as the height of untouchability,
several MPs from TN allegedly were reluctant to go out for lunch or
sit along with Lok Sabha member from Chidambaram (reserved)
constituency Tirumavalavan in the Parliament, as he was a Dalit.

Revealing this at a meeting on the livelihood demands of Dalits and
Muslims organised by Islamic wing of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal
Katchi here on Saturday, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and
Vellore MP Abdul Rahman said, "Many MPs from our State greet each
other when they meet at the Parliament. But, the same members are
reluctant to share seat with you (Tirumavalavan) or join you for lunch
at the Parliament." You might have been aware of this, he added.

Reacting to the issue, in his address, Tirumavalavan said, he was not
concerned about the MPs' behaviour, as those Parliamentarians were the
ones, who didn't have an understanding of 'Marxism'. "Moreover, I have
had several such experiences through out my life from childhood," he�

Stressing the need for cooperation between the minority groups and
Dalit parties to uplift both the communities, he said, separate
electorate system for Dalits and Muslims must be introduced for the
welfare of the minorities. Elaborating the history of the struggle for
separate electorate system dating back to 1930's, Tirumavalavan
underlined that Dalit icon Dr Ambedkar urged separate electorate
system and not the existing procedure of reserved constituencies for�

Disadvantage of DMK Alliance

Pointing out that he has been voicing for the rights of the Eelam
Tamils for over 25 years, Thirumavalavan said, "However, the Lankan
Tamils don't have faith in me for the sole reason that I am in an
alliance led by the DMK.

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