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Another article in The Hindutries to analyse what led to the fall of progression in Tamil Nadu — each lower caste community trying to assert their caste-based pride with a purpose of upward mobility and protecting their identity The Thevar and Vanniyar community receiving recognition and representation in Tamil politics more than the Dalit community renders the Dalit community feeling slighted of their Tamil Pride Parties like DMK and AIADMK are very selective in choosing only socially dominant classes Representational image Reuters In another instance of caste-based violence a group of 150 Dalits were forced to flee from their homes in Seshasamudhram village in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district after a group of Vanniyars looted and torched down all the houses Dalit houses on 16th August 2013 according to a Frontline report The Dalits were set to celebrate a festival which involved pulling a cart with an idol of God placed on it all the way to a temple In peace meetings before this incident the Vanniyar community had acknowledged their right to celebrate the festival Later however they were urged by the village Panachyat president Subramanian to burn down the Dalits’ side of the village Subramanian a member of the Pattali Makkal Katchi(PMK) had earlier promised money and supplies to help build a cart to carry the idol for the Dalits only to win votes However he received a lot of flak from the Vanniyars for betraying his caste He thus hatched a plan to revive their trust incited the youth to destroy Dalit homes just before the festivities Politics polluting education A report in The Indian Express from November 2015noted how schools in Tirunelveli mark off students based on their castes – red and yellow bands for Thevars blue and yellow for Nadars saffron for Yadavs (note that these are all Hindu communities that have a strong foothold socially and politically and fall under the Most Backward Clases (MBC) category) and green white black and sometime red bands for Dalits Chief Educational officers of Tirunelveli R Swaminathan ordered schools to ban any use of colour to identify caste But identity goes deeper than a band Students in the district have other ways of identifying who they can and cannot befriend – colour-coded tilaks or binidis or locally known as pottu colour-coded houses and music even The article talks of an incident where a student was playing a song praising Ambedkar in a bus when another student started playing a song from a Kamal Haasan movie Thevar Magan (Son of the Thevars) to contest with him eventually leading to a clash between the communities Another instance of caste politics tainting education was in 2012 In Salem district caste conscious Vanniyars in a few villages refused to send their kids to school unless the Dalit women cooking their kids’ mid-day meals were fired One Dalit cook S Sundaravanitha recounts her woes in The Hindu’s report on the incidents; she expressed the harassment and humiliation she -faced from the Vanniyars everyday She was eventually shifted to Mookanur where she faced similar treatment from the socially superior Hindus The Democratic Youth Federation of India staged a protest demanding the arrest of those promoting untouchability While on one hand sense and rationality is trying to fight the unchasted effects of politics people like S Ramadoss founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) have manipulated masses into believing in discrimination and have been successful in inciting violence Following the 2012 violence over the inter-caste marriage he had said that Dalit boys woo girls with fancy sunglasses jeans and T-shirts and that girls fally prey to such ‘Romeos’ In a report published by Kafila in 2011 revealed that Thevars formed 756 percent of Tamil Nadu’s population while the Dalits constituted 492 percent An interesting point to note isthat 30 percent of the Tamil Nadu police force is made up of Thevars This makes for a case in point because in 2015 a prime accused in a Dalit murde case Yuvraj surrendered in Namakkal A senior police officer in The Indian Express report which highlights the audacity of the accused was quoted as saying that Yuvraj surrendered ‘in style’ and went on to say how the police received him like a hero Written by Abhimanyu Chakravorty | New Delhi | Updated: July 21 2015 1:32 pm A participant wades through mud at the Mud Rush 2014 held near Pune’s Jadhavgarh fort (Source: Mud Rush) Related News She screamed with trepidation as she jumped into the waist-deep mud pit One shoe in her hand and the other stuck in mud 25-year-old Swati Khandelwal from Mumbai picked herself up with great difficulty and cut through the forest for the next obstacle “How many…… more” she asked the support staff her shallow breath interrupted the flow of speech “2 more to go the finish line is near” said one of them She paused for a bit drew a few long breaths and walked slowly towards the finish line “I’ve never seen her push herself like this before without any help from others” remembers Utkarsh a fellow participant and Swati’s friend whom I met at Mud Rush 2013 held in Kolad Maharashtra WATCH VIDEO As it turned out similar stories of determination stood out from the event which was essentially a 7-km military-style obstacle race that took jabs at your endurance threshold Thereafter a realisation followed: When people face a flight or fight situation they can do incredible things That’s the central idea behind this concept explains Jay Goradia “We believe that participation is winning finishing is winning Lots of people come to us and say we never thought we could do this but when they get to it they do it” says Director Marketing The Mud Rush Adventurous Pvt Ltd Jay Goradia This year too Mud Rush is organising another adrenaline-packed 5-km obstacle race alongside the scenic Dudhani Lake in Silvassa The press note of the event says “It is an all-terrain marathon-style mud run stretched across 5+kms circuit with 20+ challenging obstacles thrown in your way These obstacle encompass 30-foot stacks of hay water bodies barrier walls 100 feet stretches of tires 45 degree hills fire ice and of course a whole lot of Mud” The previous two editions of Mud Rush were held in equally scenic places in Kolad Maharashtra and Pune’s Jadhavgarh fort “Dudhani Lake is still untouched so this entire run will happen along the lake hence it will offer an amazing view while you run With more proximity to the water this run is bound to be muddier The new course will have many more bigger and meaner obstacles like the double ditch to the monkey bar with hanging handles the live wire and many more” says Goradia But that’s only a part of what they’re offering After the race participants can enjoy a post event sundowner party with homegrown renowned DJs playing Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and some special acts in between They will also provide camping tents for both nights including breakfast and bon fire A huge chunk of the event also includes wall climbing rappelling zip lining bungee jumping etc WHEN: Saturday 8th of August 2015 WHERE: Dudhani Lake Silvassa AUDIENCE: Participants (Run + Party) – INR 2500 Sundowner Spectator – INR 1500 Children below 10 years of age – NIL Children between 10-16 years of age – INR 1500 Tickets available on BookMyShow For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsDarjeeling/Alipurduar: Clashes between the police and Gorkhaland supporters on Saturdayresulted in injuries to several persons on both sides at Jaigoan in Alipurduar district bordering Bhutan The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the other hill parties took out a rally at Jaigaon on the 46th day of an indefinite strike called by the GJM in the hills According to the police clashes broke out between the security men and the Gorkhaland supporters after the participants in the rally carrying kukris (Gorkha knives) hurled stones and petrol bombs at the police personnel GJM Youth wing members raise slogans after burning articles as they clash with police during Khukrai rally in Sukna near Siliguri on Saturday PTI The police tried to convince the GJM supporters to refrain from attacking but the agitators remained defiant and broke the first two barricades They kept hurling stones at the police who then resorted to using water cannons and firing tear gas shells besides using batons to disperse the crowd At this the protesters turned violent and set a few vehicles including those of the police afire Several police personnel and Gorkhaland supporters were injured in the clashes the police said The GJM claimed that the police resorted to indiscriminate firing The police however denied the allegation Similar processions were taken out at Kalchini GJM supporters took out rallies at the Chowkbazar area of the hills carrying black flags as a mark of protest against police action on Gorkhaland supporters Shouting slogans against the West Bengal government they demanded an immediate intervention by the Centre Gorkhaland supporters armed with knives swords and kukris had tried to forcibly enter Siliguri on Saturday demanding that the town be included into the separate state of Gorkhaland In the Naxalbari area of Darjeeling the locals took out a rally against the GJM and their demand for Gorkhaland and set tyres on fire as a mark of protest against the ongoing agitation in the hills In the Sukna area of the hills which is close to Siliguri the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state took out an anti-GJM rally The GJM and the other hill parties held an ‘Anna Dan’ (rice donation) rally during the day as a mark of protest against vehicles carrying food supplies to the hills being set ablaze in Siliguri Each participant in the rally carried a handful of rice and other grains and donated it in a box which will be handed over to the district administration and in turn will be sent to the West Bengal secretariat as a mark of protest The police and security forces patrolled the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at all the entry and exit routes Barring the medicine shops all other business establishments restaurants hotels schools and colleges remained closed The workers of the GJM and various NGOs of the hills were seen distributing food among the people as the food supply has been severely hit due to the ongoing shutdown Written by Tavleen Singh | Published: January 15 2012 3:06 am Related News The election in Uttar Pradesh is without question the most important test Rahul Gandhi has faced in his short and relatively easy political career If he succeeds even in just doubling the Congress Partys 22 seats in the Vidhan Sabhait will be seen by his supporters as proof that he is ready to lead India If he fails to achieve this modest goalthen the doubts about his futurethat surfaced after he took his party from thirteen seats in the Bihar assembly to fourwill be reinforced Rahulji appears to be aware that he has much to win and even more to lose so he has led the campaign from the front like an aggressive and valiant commander in chief He started focusing on UP long before anyone else did and spent most of last year wandering about the state making belligerent speeches about the state governments failings He went on hunger strike to draw attention to police atrocities in the villages of Bhatta and Parsaul He undertook a long padyatra through squelchy fields and squalid villages to understand land acquisition problems He spent nights in Dalit homes and shared their frugal meals Andeverywhere he wenthe talked about how much money we have sent you from the Centre and how it had been misused by the state government This was a mistake because it made people wonder whether he knew that this was not his own money but that of the people of India It is not the only mistake he made Now that the election looms ever closerit is perhaps time for him to take a short break and ponder over the sort of campaign he has been leading If he doeshe might discover that his political advisors and speechwriters appear not to have his best interests at heart Either that or they belong to an older time when the only way to win elections in our largest and most populous state was to play on issues of castecreed and grievance So last week in Azamgarhwhen Muslim students burnt effigies of Rahulit frightened his team enough for them to start telling lies about the shootout in Batla House two years ago The Indian police do not stage fake encounters in order to kill their officers A senior police officer was shot at and killed in Batla House before the police retaliated ButRahuls loyal lieutenantDigvijay Singhcontinues to make irresponsible statements to create a sense of grievance among Muslims The hope is that this will consolidate that once reliable vote bank It is an old fashioned idea Muslim voters today want what other Indian voters want from their political leaders They want the tools that will enable them to improve their lives Such basic things as waterelectricityroadsschoolshospitals and jobs It is because successive governments in UP have failed to deliver real change that they are forced to resort at election time to the divisivedangerousugly politics of caste and communal grievance As heir to Indias most powerful political dynastyit should be beneath Rahul Gandhis dignity to stoop to this kind of disruptive politics As a relatively young political leaderit is expected from him that he would raise real issues Like whether schools and healthcare improved during Mayawatis rule Like whether she spent as much time and resources building roads and power plants as she did building statues of herself Like whether as a Dalit woman chief ministershe did anything to improve the abysmal lot of women and Dalits in the state Opinion polls regularly reveal that the average Indian thinks Rahul Gandhi is our best choice for future prime minister It is also true that he can take the job whether he loses badly in UP or not So it is even more important that we hear our future prime ministers views on real issues What economic direction does he think India should take Should we continue to reform or should we go back to his grandmothers socialist ways What are his ideas on governance Does he think India has been held back by bad governance or is he happy with the way things are With so many serious political and economic issues to talk aboutwhat is wrong with Rahuls advisors that they drag his campaign down into the mire of castequotas and communalism Surelythese are issues that are best left to politicians of regional genre From the man who would be prime ministerwe have the right to demand muchmuch more So may I humbly suggestdear Rahuljithat you take a short break from campaigning and consider a change of direction for your campaign Incidentallythe reports I have received from Uttar Pradesh on Congress prospects are not good Follow Tavleen Singh on Twitter @ Tavleen_Singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: June 19 2017 12:47 am Nicholas Fung held his nerve to secure a narrow victory at the Queen’s Cup Top News Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung held his nerve to secure a narrow victory at the Queen’s Cup in Thailand on Sunday and celebrated Father’s Day by dedicating his maiden Asian Tour title to his dad The overnight leader carded a four-under-par 67 in the final round for a four-day 15-under-par total of 269 and edged local hope Jazz Janewattananond by one stroke The 27-year-old bogeyed the second to lose his overnight lead but regained his advantage when he birdied the 16th and 17th holes and then sunk a four-foot par putt to keep his nose ahead of Janewattananond who hit a bogey-free 66 “It’s a special gift for my father” Fung said with his dad En Ping also in attendance at the Santiburi Samui Country Club in Koh Samui “I won an Asian Development Tour event in Malaysia which was on my mum’s birthday and this week winning on Father’s Day is important “He’s taught me a lot since I was young He brought me to the golf course taught me how to be a better golfer and how to be a confident person to face the future “I just followed his advice and thanks to him he guided me all the way until today to win this tournament I’m sure he’s very happy We did it on the right day” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News

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