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|Founder of Pattali Makkal Katchi|
|Born||25 July 1939|
Keezhsiviri, Villupuram, Madras Presidency, British India
|Residence||Tindivanam, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Alma mater||Madras Medical College|
Vanniyar Reservation Protest
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.
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." He also called the journalists "dogs" and "Kammanati pasanga", a degrogatory phrase used for 'son of widow'.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. VCK accused PMK for murdering two Dalit youths in Arrakonam in April 2021.
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