ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 50 Years Ago: Ramaswami Naicker and the Dravidian Movement

Vol IX, No 6 FEBRUARY 6, 1974

Mohan Ram

The Brahmin/non-Brahmin conflict in Madras Presidency extended to the Congress party too. This was the corollary to a contradictory situation. Anti-Brahmin sentiment was strident in the Tamil-speaking districts and this continues to this day. There was a series of bitter struggles for non-Brahmin control of the Congress organisation in the Tamil region. The Justice Party leaders thought the Congress was the Brahmin instrument of the future when the British pulled out, to exploit the non-Brahmins as before. The conflict between Brahmin and non-Brahmin leaders inside the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (between 1919 and 1936) lends credence to this theory. In the late twenties, at the Karaikudi session of the TNCC, C. Rajagopalachari, a Vaishnavite Brahmin, backed his principal factional rival Satyamurti, a Shaivite Brahmin, to defeat Muthuranga Mudaliar, a non-Brahmin opponent. Voting cut across factional interests and conformed to caste configurations.

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Updated On : 12th Feb, 2024
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