Part 6: Blinders – Needless Ideological Wars

Another of those constricting elements holding us back is the ideological blinders we’ve been wearing for long. Tamilnadu in the post-independence era has been a fiercely ideological state, drunk high on the ‘Dravidian doctrine’. What started out as a voice of rationality and dissent against upper caste hegemony has been an all-pervading force that drove the political engine in the state for several years. But now, unfortunately, it has morphed into a parody of what it stood for, or rather for what it stood against. This is hardly surprising because as Abhijit Naskar in his book ‘Let the Poor be …

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