Politics of Tamil Nadu

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Naam Tamilar Katchi (நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி)[edit]

Naam Tamilar Katchi is a political party in Tamil Nadu. On 18 May 2010, a year after the military subjugation of the Eelam Tamils and on the first anniversary of the organisation, the Naam Tamilar Iyakkam was converted into the Naam Tamilar Katchi, with Seeman the Chief Coordinator of the Party stating that the party would be an alternate political party different from the mainstream political outfits and also claiming that the establishment of an independent Tamil Eelam would be the moral goal of not just the party but Tamils in Tamil Nadu.

On 12 February 2016, all 234 Naam Tamilar Katchi candidates were introduced in Cuddalore on a stage by its leader Seeman. On 23 March 2016, Naam Tamilar Katchi published its Election Manifesto 2016. The party promote equal rights and has also included candidates with disabilities. It is the first party in the history of Tamil Nadu with a transgender candidate. However, the party was seen losing deposit in all seats.

History[edit]

First Founding

Founder of Naam Tamilar Katchi, S. P. Adithanar

In 1958, Adithanar Nadar founded the "We Tamils" (நாம் தமிழர் கட்சி) party with the platform of forming a Sovereign Tamil State. It wanted the creation of a homogeneous Tamil state incorporating Tamil speaking areas of India and Sri Lanka. The party's headquarters was named as Tamiḻaṉ Illam (lit. The Home of the Tamilian). In 1960, the party organised statewide protests for the secession of Madras and the establishment of a sovereign Tamil Nadu. The protests were marked by the burning of maps of India (with Tamil Nadu left out). Adithanar was arrested for organising them. The party along with M. P. Sivagnanam's Tamil Arasu Kazhagam was also involved in the movement to change the name of the state from Madras State to Tamil Nadu.[4]

Naam Tamilar Iyakkam[edit]

Following the closure of the Sri Lankan Civil War in which thousands of Tamil civilians were wiped out and over 140,000 remaining unaccounted for, several activists in Tamil Nadu led by film director Seeman, gathered in Madurai on 18 May 2009 to revive the party as a social outfit Naam Tamilar Iyakkam (We are Tamils Organization).[5]

Second Founding[edit]

Chief-Coordinator of Naam Tamilar Katchi, Seeman

On 18 May 2010, a year after the military subjugation of the Eelam Tamils and on the first anniversary of the organisation, the Naam Tamilar Iyakkam was converted into the Naam Tamilar Katchi, with Seeman the Chief Coordinator of the Party stating that the party would be an alternate political party different from the mainstream political outfits and also claiming that the establishment of an independent Tamil Eelam would be the moral goal of not just the party but Tamils in Tamil Nadu.[6]

During the formation of the party, Seeman added that "we are not founding the Naam Tamilar organization or party, we are continuing with what S. P. Adithanar Nadar founded."[7]

Name and Emblem[edit]

The name of the party signifies "We are Tamils" as opposed to being labelled by any caste or religion.[6] The name also emphasizes the rule of Tamils in the Tamil homeland as opposed to the prevailing 'Dravidian' and 'Indian' parties that have contributed to the downfall of the Tamil people.[8]

The flag contains the emblem of the Tiger, which was also present on the flags of the Chola dynasty and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The event of introducing the flag took place at Thanjavur, the historic capital of the Cholas.[6] On 2 March 2016, Seeman has introduced at a press meeting, that the Twin Candles is the election symbol of Naam Tamilar Katchi.

Other political parties[edit]

Manithaneya Makkal Katchi is a political party in Tamil Nadu, India, founded by TMMK and focused on the Muslim community Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazagham – TMMK (Tamil Nadu Muslim Development Party) has been tirelessly working for the well being of marginalized societies of Tamil Nadu. Though started as a pan-Muslim outfit, it served all sections of Tamil society.

Starting from the 1990s, caste based politics is on the rise in Tamil Nadu. Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) party deriving strength from vanniars, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katch (VCK) party based on Dalit votes and Puthiya Thamilagam based on another sect of Dalits have been gaining prominence in Tamil Nadu. These parties have been gaining modest electoral success and slowly eating into traditional vote banks of DMK and AIADMK. Recently an outfit supporting Kongu Vellala Gounders also joined this list, a caste decides electoral victories in West Tamil Nadu, with the launch of their own political party Kongunadu Munnetra Peravai (KMP) in February 2009.

Social Democratic Party of India(SDPI) started on 21.06.09 .Sdpi has started to rejuvenate the Muslims and dalits from fear and fight against dominating power. Sdpi is popular against Muslim youths in Tamil Nadu, kerala & karnataka.Sdpi is expanding its branches across India


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