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Tamil Nadu: Samathuvapuram : Towards Spatial Equality

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  • 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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3205.

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Date of creation: 28 Sep 2002
Publication status: Published in Economic and Political Weekly (2002): pp. 3990-3992
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:3205
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