Hindu Makkal Katchi

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Hindu People's Party
Hindu Makkal Katchi
Founder S. V. Sridhar
Founded 1993
Split from Hindu Munnani
Ideology nationalist Hindu

Hindu Makkal Katchi (Hindu People's Party), is a nationalistic Hindu party in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The Hindu Makkal Katchi originated in 1993 as a split-off from the Hindu Munnani.[1] Its founder was S. V. Sridhar and later the party was led by Arjun Sampath. Another prominent member was R. Kalidas, who was murdered in 2005.[2]

Due to various extremist actions the party got repeatedly in conflict with the law. Its leader Arjun Sampath was arrested in 1997 on an attempted murder charge.[3] In 2008 and 2009 party members got temporarily arrested by the police to block them from staging nationalistic demonstrations on the island of Kachchatheevu, which belongs to Sri Lanka.[4][5]

The party also made repeatedly headlines with actions against women. It pressed charges against the movie stars Kushboo Sundar (2006), Shriya Saran (2008) and Mallika Sherawat (2008) for "indecent dressing" and "offending Hindu values".[6][7] Party members also harassed women visiting pubs and young couples being out on Valentine's Day.[8]

Nearly 1000 Dalit Christians were reconverted to Hinduism at Tirunelveli town which gains significance in the backdrop March 9 police shootout in which two people were killed when clashes broke out between the members of upper caste Catholics and Dalit Catholics.[9] The party's 5 activists were arrested for indulging in demolition of Periyar E. V. Ramasamy's statue installed in front of the Rajagopuram of Ranganathaswamy Temple situated in Sri Rangam.[10]


  1. ^ P.G. Rajamohan :Tamil Nadu: The Rise of Islamist Fundamentalism. In Faultlines, Volume 16
  2. ^ Hindu Makkal Katchi leader murdered. In The Hindu vom 23. Juni 2005
  3. ^ Subramanian, T.S. 1998, ‘A time of troubles’ March 7–20, Frontline, vol. 15, No. 05. (Online-Kopie)
  4. ^ Hindu Makkal Katchi members arrested. The Hindu, 16 August 2008
  5. ^ Hindu Makkal Katchi TN secretary held at Chennai-Online, 23 August 2009
  6. ^ HMK alleges Mallika Sherawat of misconduct at news.oneindia.in on 2 May 2008 (retrieved 24 September 2009)
  7. ^ Moral police targets Mallika Sherawat. The Tribune (Online Edition), 2 May 2008
  8. ^ Jeremy Page: Young Indians square up to nationalists over Valentine's Day. The Times, 14 February 2009
  9. ^ "1,000 Dalit Christians to reconvert to Hinduism in TN - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Periyar statue damaged at Srirangam, tension in town". The Hindu. 2006-12-08. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-03-30.