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The Strangeness of Tamil Nadu: Contemporary History and Political Culture in South India

M.S.S. Pandian (Author)

M.S.S. Pandian (1958–2014) was an eminent historian of South Indian politics, caste, culture, and cinema. His writings offer distinctively Tamil insights on these areas. In this book his chief focus is Tamil political culture for roughly thirty years since 1985. His success lies in bringing a historical understanding to bear on what he called “the strangeness of Tamil Nadu”. A key figure in Pandian’s thinking was E.V. Ramasamy “Periyar”. Pandian argues that Periyar’s ideals and strategies long remained popular among Tamil progressives, but that their survival became difficult because of radical changes in pan-Indian political culture. To show these changes, this book is organised chronologically as well as along thematic sections that reflect the themes of Periyar’s Dravidian ideology: linguistic identity, state politics, religion, and caste. Periyar’s  deas, Pandian argues, can still provide productive standards for critical analysis of politics in India. But because they are not widely known or appreciated outside Tamil Nadu, they represent the “strangeness” of Tamil politics instead of being adapted as progressive in the country as a whole.

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About the author

M.S.S. Pandian

M.S.S. Pandian is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He was previously on the faculty of the Centre for the Study of Social Sciences, Calcutta, and the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Madras. He is a member of the South Asia Regional Advisory Panel, Social Science Research Council, New York, and of the editorial collective of 'Subaltern Studies'.

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Title The Strangeness of Tamil Nadu: Contemporary History and Political Culture in South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.03.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178245492
length 264p.
Subjects History