Sectarian poison

Print edition : January 25, 2013

S. Ramadoss and leaders of other caste groups at the meeting in Madurai on December 20, 2012, where a new forum was formed to prevent inter-caste marriages and to fight for amendments to the S.C./S.T. Act. Photo: R. Ashok

PMK founder S. Ramadoss and his son and former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss at the Vanniyar Sangam conference in 2012. Photo: HANDOUT

Ramadoss and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan (in blue shirt). Despite their rivalry, both came together on the issues of Tamil protection and Tamil nationalism. Here, they protest against hoardings in English in Chennai. Photo: S. Thanthoni

A road blockade during the Vanniyar agitation in 1987, in the then undivided South Arcot district. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The stump of a tree is used to force open the locked door of a house, a common practice during the agitation. The remaining portion of the tree is in the house at left.

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