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AIDWA conference in Madurai in January to support intercaste marriages

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat addressing a conference in Madurai on Wednesday.— Photo: S. James
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat addressing a conference in Madurai on Wednesday.— Photo: S. James

Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss’ statement against inter-caste marriages is condemnable. It is not only anti-constitutional but also against social justice tradition formulated by Periyar, said Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau Member, Communist Party of India (Marxist), here on Wednesday.

She was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference. However, such statements were not supported by a large section of people in Tamil Nadu, which had a long history of movements for social justice, she said.

Ms. Karat lauded the young couple – Ilavarasan and Divya of Dharmapuri – for transcending caste boundaries. She condemned the violence against Dalits in Dharmapuri and demanded proper rehabilitation of victims.

She announced that in support of inter-caste/anti-caste marriages, the All-India Democratic Women’s Association would hold a conference in Madurai in January in which couples belonging to Scheduled Castes and non-Scheduled Castes would be felicitated for defying rigid social norms and moving towards equality.

Asked about the attempts in the recent past in the State to have a non-Dalit forum and demand for annulment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, she said people would never support such moves which were anti-democratic and sought to eliminate the rights of the Scheduled Castes. Moreover, it was not a move against Dalits but against democracy and the pluralist ethos of the country.

She accused the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam of utter hypocrisy and adopting double standards on FDI in retail trade, and praised Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for her firm stand on the issue.

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