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Tamil Nadu: Samathuvapuram : Towards Spatial Equality


  • K., Jothi Sivagnanam
  • M., Sivaraj


Thanthai Periyar, a great social revolutionary of the Dravidian movement of the early 20th century India opposed 'cheries' and introduced the concept of 'Samathuvapuram'. The concept of housing communities, where dalits and people of other castes live together in mixed neighbourhood and share all facilities - focuses for the firts time on social and cultural equality in housing programmes. Thanks Kalaigner M. Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, for implementing the scheme successfully. The scheme (Samathuvapuram) itself germinated in response to recurrent caste and communal clashes in the state and has received considerable acceptance among the public.

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  • K., Jothi Sivagnanam & M., Sivaraj, 2002. "Tamil Nadu: Samathuvapuram : Towards Spatial Equality," MPRA Paper 3205, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3205

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    Samathuvapuram - equality village; Cheries - a secluded residential area meant for the so called low cast people in Tamil Nadu;

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    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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