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Volume : III, Issue : XII, January - 2014

ORGANISATIONS OF DEPRESSED CLASSES IN LATE COLONIAL TAMIL NADU

A. Ranjith, None

DOI : 10.9780/22307850, By : Laxmi Book Publication

Abstract :

The Depressed Classes occupied the lowest stratum in the Tamil Society. They were segregated and confined to the outskirts of villages and they were denied the basic civic rights which were essential for their survival as dignified human beings. They were allowed to live in the society without rights. They were in the Hindu Society but out of the Society. Hence they were called 'Outcastes' or 'Fifth Varna'. Their frontline leaders Iyothee Thass, R.Srinivasan , M.C.Rajah, P.V.Subramaniyam, V.G.Vasudeva Pillai, J. Shivashanmugam Pillai , R.Veeraiyan, Gurusami and others realsied to form organizations in order to attain the civic rights necessary for the Depressed People. Before starting the organizations, the Depressed Class leaders integrated their people , brought awareness , provided representations to the Government , ventilated their grievances through humble petitions and were nominated to the Central and Madras Legislatures. The .paper attempts to highlight the organizational attempts of the Depressed Class leaders in late colonial period of Tamil Nadu. Through their organisations, their leaders analysed the political issues of the days, started newspapers which awakened the people towards claiming their social, economic and political rights. Their efforts were successful to some extent because the British Government backed their cause by passing many laws, providing the basic amenities and opening the labour schools, nominating them to the legislative and local bodies.

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    A. Ranjith, None(2014). ORGANISATIONS OF DEPRESSED CLASSES IN LATE COLONIAL TAMIL NADU. Indian Streams Research Journal, Vol. III, Issue. XII, DOI : 10.9780/22307850, http://isrj.org/UploadedData/4035.pdf

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