Pride & prejudice

Print edition : July 26, 2013

At a meeting of writers and academics and others on the book in Chennai recently. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Dr K. Krishnaswamy, founder of Puthiya Tamizhagam, a Dalit party. He said the book was "constructed on half-facts and wild speculation". Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

K. Senthil Mallar, author of the book Meendezhum Pandiyar Varalaru (History of Pandiyar Resurgence).

The book attempts to trace the roots of Pallars, a suppressed caste group, and has become controversial.

A Dalit writer’s book about his caste group in Tamil Nadu evokes as much sharp criticism as the State government’s ban on it.
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