Stories from the Potlee

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Ghotala Rath Yatra 2018

The BJP came to power on the plank of ensuring a Bhrashtachar-mukt Bharat. However, the last four years of the Modi government have been characterized by attacks on institutions and legislations of transparency and accountability. The government is planning to surreptitiously amend the Right to Information Act, which has empowered millions of people across the… Continue reading Ghotala Rath Yatra 2018

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Draupadi Amman Festival

Dravidianism is an intrinsic part of Tamil political history. For us at Kaani Nilamum Mupporumai Aniyum (Ek Potlee Ret Ki), Cuddalore has repeatedly given us opportunities to live and experience that history. While in Uttarakhand, we saw and brought out stories on how temple practices have Sanskritised over time, what we saw at the Draupadi… Continue reading Draupadi Amman Festival

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No More Delegation-Direct Representation

Breaking of stereotypes and stigma is usually a process of pain and endurance. Not only was today’s process faced with jubilance and resilience of a struggle, but was equally a celebration. Beginning with the playing of Thaarai (Parai), Naduveerapattu colony’s mobilisation turned into a show of strength and a gesture of camaraderie. The Sub-Collector of… Continue reading No More Delegation-Direct Representation

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Village Meeting in Naduveerapattu

For over 15 years, nor in the immediate past memory of the residents of Naduveerapattu colony has the system through its administrative arms shown its presence. Even the village assistant (assistants to the village administrative officers/Maniyakkar/Patwari) crosses that pillar that bears the flag of the Dalit identity. Having grasped the ladders of education, youngsters of… Continue reading Village Meeting in Naduveerapattu