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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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Marriage age for women: What’s the real motive?

“I got married when I was 13 and married off my daughter when she was 17. My granddaughter is doing her degree and she will decide when to get married. Why should the government now revise the marriageable age for girls?” asks Muthamizh, an elderly woman. The central government has decided to...

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What Population Genetics says about Tamils

Before medical surgery, a patient in Tamil Nadu /Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is asked a few questions regarding allergies to medication and so on. He/she may well be asked about his/ her caste, too. Doctors want to ensure they don't belong to the Arya Vaishya Chetty caste group as researchers...

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The painter who democratised Hindu religion

By the time of the 19th century, the caste system had come to such a pass that a majority of the population was considered untouchables and  temples had closed their doors on them. Poor, underprivileged, marginalized folk could not enter Hindu temples for worship. But defiance of this order was...

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Meendum Manjappai: a classic returns

Once the object of smirks and snide remarks directed at its owner, Tamil Nadu’s manjappai (yellow bag) has come centre stage again as Chief Minister M.K. Stalin upscaled it and relaunched its second coming as “Meendum Manjappai.” The DMK leader sees it as a central element of contemporary...

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