Thursday, September 26, 2002

PT plans Statewide stir against two-tumbler evil

COIMBATORE Sept. 25. The Puthiya Tamizhagam has planned a Statewide demonstration for October 2 to demand action against the two-tumbler system permitted in tea shops.

The president, K. Krishnasamy, told presspersons here today that the erstwhile DMK Government had initiated action following PT protests but it was not sustained. Now, the practice was widespread, including in Coimbatore district.

The demonstration would be held in front of shops, which continued with the discrimination against the Dalits. Referring to instances of their being subjected to physical harassment, he alleged that after the AIADMK Government assumed power, casteist forces had been letting loose repression, indicating that a particular caste wielded power.

Dr. Krishnasamy demanded that an academician from Dalits be appointed for the vacant post of Vice-Chancellor of the Bharathiar University. He said out of 14 universities and four deemed universities, only the Bharatidasan University had a Vice-Chancellor from the Adi Dravidar community. Hence a person from the Arundathiyar or Devendra Kula Vellala community should be appointed for the post.

Source: The Hindu, September 26, 2002

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