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The Associational Basis of Vanniyar Organizations in Tamil Nadu


  • R. Saravana Raja


This article presents an understanding of the nature of Vanniyar politics by delineating the workings of Vanniyar organizations such as the caste associations and the political party in the post-1980s period in Tamil Nadu. Even though scholarship on caste and politics is concerned with the relationship between caste associations and political parties, the interface and networking between and among these organizations, particularly of a political party that has emerged out of the caste movement, need much more attention. This article, therefore, maps the interrelations between the caste associations and the political party within the Vanniyars’ politics by outlining the specific issues on which these Vanniyar organizations work.

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  • R. Saravana Raja, 2017. "The Associational Basis of Vanniyar Organizations in Tamil Nadu," Studies in Indian Politics, , vol. 5(2), pages 181-192, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:indpol:v:5:y:2017:i:2:p:181-192

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