Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dravidian Movements & Parties - late 19th and early 20th century

Continuing the study of the evolution of various Dravidian Parties, I collected the names of some prominent movements and parties that were launched in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The period 1890 through 1930 seem to have seen lot of activities among the non-Brahmins leaders. These leaders were not from the most backward castes but came from some pretty forward castes claiming to speak for the ALL non-brahmins. The much heralded or scorned Dravidar Kazhagam was yet to be formed.

The important take away are not the names, years and people who started these; but that there were plethora of sabhas, associations, leagues and parties bustling and fighting for recognition and for the causes of non-brahmins. Each party has its own history and complexity. And the Christian Missionaries and Indian National Congress were always around; just like the Brahmins of those days.

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