S. Ramadoss

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S Ramadoss
Founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi Pmk flag.jpg
Personal details
Born (1939-07-25) 25 July 1939 (age 81)
Keezhsiviri, Villupuram, Madras Presidency, British India
Spouse(s)Saraswathi
ChildrenAnbumani Ramadoss
ResidenceTindivanam, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materMadras Medical College[1][2]
Occupationpolitician

S. Ramadoss is the founder of the Pattali Makkal Katchi, an Indian political party.[3]

Vanniyar Reservation Protest[edit]

In 1987, Ramadoss staged a road blockade by cutting down trees and demanded 20% reservation in TN government jobs for the Vanniyar community. Ramadoss-led protesters committed arson on settlements of Dalits in the district South Arcot to draw the attention of the government.[4]

Controversy[edit]

Threatening journalists[edit]

S Ramadoss is infamous for his usage of unparliamentary language in press meets and public meetings. S Ramadoss on June 2019 stoked a controversy, saying that he would kill journalists who question him about hundreds of trees cut down by his party workers during his arrest by the J Jayalalithaa government. He said, "if we protest again we will not cut trees but hack down those who ask these questions, and throw their mangled bodies across the road."[5] He also called the journalists "dogs" and "Kammanati pasanga", a degrogatory phrase used for 'son of widow'.[6][7]

Anti-Dalit campaign[edit]

Ramadoss is notorious for his anti-Dalit rhetoric and violence. On December 2012, Ramadoss initiated a controversial campaign to prevent Dalit men from marrying non-Dalit women, especially those women who belong to his own Vanniyar community.[8] In Tamil Nadu, it has caused a stir and many political parties wanted legal action against Ramadoss. Ramadoss in an event in 2010, said, "Dalit men sporting jeans, t-shirts and fancy glasses lure our women into marriages that don't work." M. Karunanidhi asked the government of the state to "act against those stirring up a caste passion". The campaign provoked the 2012 Dharmapuri violence, where hundreds of Dalit houses were charred by arsons set by a group of vandals.[9][10][11] Ramadoss also strongly campaigned for raising women's legal age of marriage to 21 as he believes upper caste women in their late teenage are easy targets for Dalit men.[12] Ramadoss convened a meeting with leaders representing intermediate castes to crusade against SC/ST Act, a law which criminalizes caste discrimination, alleging that Dalits misuse the law and register false cases to settle personal scores.[13] In 2013, he was arrested for inciting caste riots.Jayalalitha blamed PMK and Vanniyar Sangam for 2013 Marakkanam violence. Following the arrest of Ramadoss, PMK organised a statewide violent protest which resulted in the injury of several people and huge losses to public property[14][15]. VCK accused PMK for murdering two Dalit youths in Arrakonam in April 2021.[16]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramadoss, MMC '60 class recall medico days". Meera Vankipuram. The Times of India. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Quiet Ramadoss joining politics was big surprise: College alumni". Deccan Chronicle. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ "From a sectarian leader, Ramadoss has come a long way". Rediff.com. 30 August 1999. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  4. ^ Venkatramani, S. H. (15 October 1987). "Agitation by backward Vanniyar community rocks Tamil Nadu". India Today. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  5. ^ "'Will cut journalists who suggest I'm a tree-cutter': S Ramadoss". The Federal. 24 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Tamil Nadu: Viral video shows Ramadoss threatening to hack journalists". The Week. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Ramadoss threatens journalist who questioned him on tree felling". The Hindu. 23 June 2019. ISSN 0971-751X.
  8. ^ "On the heels of another murder, PMK rakes up 'fake love' again". thefederal.com. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  9. ^ "PMK chief's anti-Dalit campaign sparks outrage". NDTV.com. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  10. ^ Kolappan, B. (2 December 2012). "Ramadoss consolidates intermediate caste groups against Dalits". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  11. ^ Ravishankar, Sandhya. "Who's who in Tamil Nadu elections: S Ramadoss". Scroll.in. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  12. ^ "'Marriage age for women should be made 21'". The Times of India. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  13. ^ Kolappan, B. (2 December 2012). "Ramadoss consolidates intermediate caste groups against Dalits". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  14. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/india/south/story/pmk-ramadoss-out-of-jail-on-bail-slams-jayalalithaa-government-for-arrest-india-today-162657-2013-05-11
  15. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/cm-holds-pmk-vanniyar-sangam-responsible-for-marakkanam-riots/article4666549.ece/amp/
  16. ^ https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/apr/08/two-youngsters-stabbed-to-death-in-clash-at-arakkonam-in-tn-vck-blames-pmk-for-murders-2287477.amp

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