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How the powerful try to rig Jallikattu

“No matter how big or ferocious your bull is, it will be tamed in the arena unless you have someone influential sitting in the gallery who doesn’t want the bull to be tamed,” says Ravi (name changed) with a giggle on the other end of the phone. Ravi was once a bull tamer and is now working at a...

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Here’s an insightful essay on Hindi by Tamil writer

Tamil Nadu has a long history of opposition to Hindi imposition. Every now and then, a controversy breaks out about the central government’s attempts to impose Hindi. It is worthwhile recalling an essay written by writer R Narayanaswamy, aka Karichan Kunju, in the publication, Annam Vidum...

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Watchful, alert and brave: Story of bull tamers

Clad in saffron dhoti and shirt, Vijay doesn’t look the part. He is not too muscular although he has long fingers and hands. “Muscle mass doesn’t matter. You should be agile and have lasting stamina to stay in the arena,” the 24-year-old graduate from Kuruvithurai in Madurai district said. You...

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Politicos whose books were nationalized

The Tamil Nadu government has the history of nationalizing books of prominent authors, scholars and political leaders from the state. Recently, the works of late general secretary of the DMK, K. Anbazhagan were nationalized marking his birth centenary. The works of the late Dravidian movement...

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He supports life with money he earns from burning bodies

“I was around 12 or 13 when I started living in this crematorium,” says Hari, the undertaker at Thathaneri crematorium in Madurai. Hari is not just the man who receives the dead and facilitates the last rites in the neighbourhood. He is also the Good Samaritan, known for his generous heart and...

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