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Name Of The Game

The DMK ends the practice of naming places after political leaders

Name Of The Game
Name Of The Game
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THE politics of nomenclature may finally end in Tamil Nadu with the DMK government going in for largescale renaming in a bid to stop the ongoing caste violence in its southern districts. Districts and transport corporations named after political leaders of various communities were renamed last fortnight. Hearteningly, with geography rather than personality being given emphasis. Thus, Anna and Periyar districts, named after prominent leaders of the Dravidian movement, are now rechristened Dindugal and Erode respectively.

The formation of a transport corporation named Veeran Sundaralingam, after a prominent Dalit leader, had triggered off the latest round of violence. The Thevars were up in arms and communal clashes took place in Virudunagar and Theni districts. The Thevargrouse: they could not travel in buses that bore the name of a Dalit. Besides, the Dalits already had a transport corporation named after Ambedkar in Chennai.

Even as tension built up, the Dalits demanded that another transport corporation be named in the memory...

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