Tamil Nadu: Vanniyars hold demonstration protesting against Dalits' temple entry

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Tamil Nadu: Vanniyars hold demonstration protesting against Dalits' temple entry

Post by Rashmun on Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:26 am

Members of the Vanniyar community in Hariharappakkam village, in Vembakkam taluk, staged a demonstration in Cheyyar on Monday criticising officials for facilitating the entry of Dalit people into the Thulukkanathamman temple.

The temple is located in Hariharappakkam and Dalit residents of neighbouring Namandi village live close to the temple.

Vanniyar community members had not been allowing their entry into the temple all these years.


http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/Vanniyars-oppose-Dalits’-temple-entry/article16086626.ece

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Post by Rashmun on Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:27 am

At Hariharapakkam, an obscure village in Tiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu, a group of dalit youths petitioned the administration to enable them to enter the century-old Arulmighu Thulukanathamman temple that was controlled by the Vanniyars, an intermediate Hindu caste. After three rounds of talks with the village elders failed to resolve the issue, on October 26 district officials led a group of dalits into the temple under heavy police escort. The next day, the Vanniyars staged a demonstration protesting against the breaking of what they called an age-old tradition.

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-editorials/untouchable-still-in-tamil-nadus-hinterland-dalits-continue-to-be-restricted-from-temples/

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Post by Rashmun on Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:28 am

Kept out of local temples, 250 Hindu Dalit families from two Tamil Nadu villages, Pazhangkallimedu and Nagapalli, say they are planning to convert to Islam.
At Pazhangkallimedu village in Nagapattinam district, 180 Dalit families say they want to be able to perform rituals on one day during the five-day annual temple festival. But with caste Hindus allegedly refusing them permission, six Dalit Hindus from the village have already embraced Islam.
Local residents said volunteers of the Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ) distributed copies of the Quran in the village, while a Christian missionary also approached them.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/tamil-nadu-dalit-discrimination-conversion-islam-prohibited-enter-temple-2939695/

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