Con­ver­sion Weak­ens Our Nos., Says TN’s Dalit Face Thol Thiru­mavala­van

“Leav­ing Hin­duism is fine, but if you stay within the fold, the dalit pop­u­la­tion will be more, there will be more vis­i­bil­ity and nu­mer­i­cal strength,” says VCK leader

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over 80 peo­ple killed in the past three years alone, ac­cord­ing to non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Thiru­mala­van’s pol­i­tics is grounded in the re­vival of Tamil na­tion­al­ism, which looks at elim­i­nat­ing caste. “An­ni­hi­la­tion of caste was Ambed­kar’s only aim. That is the only way for dal­its to es­cape suf­fer­ing, but how to do it is important,” he said. He said though that he would op­pose an anti-con­ver­sion l aw be­cause it is anti-con­sti­tu­tional. “It is the RSS line. We don’t want it. It is against free­dom of choice,” he said.

An anti-con­ver­sion law has been pitched­bytheTamilNaduBJP.Both Union­home­m­i­nis­terRa­j­nathSingh and BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah had called for it at the na­tional level a few months ago.

Thiru­mala­van,who­hasal­sobeena Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment once, said the Modi gov­ern­ment has “time and again proved that it prac­tises only ha­tred pol­i­tics”.

“There is no use seek­ing a rem­edy from them as their poli­cies are in­her­ently anti-dalit. Even their wor­ship­ping of Ambed­kar is fake as what they are prac­tis­ing is op­po­site to what he preached,” he said.

Par­ties in Tamil Nadu too, es­pe­cially the AIADMK, com­pletely avoid speak­ing on dalit is­sues, Thiru­mala­van said.

Elec­tion ral­lies make it ev­i­dent that his mes­sage has struck a chord, with the mere men­tion of his name draw­ing en­thu­si­as­tic cheers from his cadre and sup­port­ers.

Like Mayawati in Ut­tar Pradesh, Thiru­mavala­van has al­lied with a wide spec­trum of forces, in­clud­ing the BJP back in 2001, and worked with even the PMK that it has of­ten locked horns with over caste is­sues.

Thol Thiru­mavala­van’s VCK is part of the third front al­liance of the Left par­ties, DMDK, MDMK and TMC

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