25 January, 2021

South Of Deep South

Neem skirts and suicides, the Dravidian cadre do it best

South Of Deep South
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Among Dravidian parties, loyalty alone will not do. They demand inhuman and unreasonable dedication. They may pride themselves on self-respect and rationalism, but it's sycophancy that's on the pedestal. Starting with the 'political suicides' of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam cadre during the 1965 anti-Hindi agitation, Dravidian leaders have inspired, willed and encouraged the cadre into extreme acts of loyalty. After the DMK rode to power in 1967 under C.N. Annadurai's leadership, the 'martyrs of the language riots' of 1965 were immortalised. Plays were staged on their lives, a subway was named after one of them. Another, who had 'sacrificed' himself, got a park rechristened in his name.

Though Anna was CM only briefly, during his illness several DMK workers attempted suicide. M.G. Ramachandran, screen idol and ex-DMK leader who broke away and floated the AIADMK, also had hyper-dedicated supporters. When he was declared critically ill in 1987, 22 people committed suicide, hoping their deaths would breathe life into the leader. After his death, more people gave up on life. More...

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