Today, in its centenary year, there is much to be thankful for the Dravidian Movement. Tamil Nadu continues to be ranked among the best states in the country in human development indicators. However, the next 100 years of the Dravidian Movement will witness bigger challenges in the form of caste and “honour”-based crimes, religious bigotry and social disparities that have shown a resurgence in recent times. The future of the Dravidian Movement lies in how its present-day successors find common cause in a society where identities have begun to trump ideologies. Still, the Dravidian movement must be celebrated for being the first backward class mobilisation in the country which has created historic social change and political empowerment.
Courtesy : The New Indian Express
“Self respect marriages that shunned caste and religious customs were legalised by the DMK in 1968. Madras became Tamil Nadu in 1969. Women were given equal succession rights in 1989. Inter-caste housing communities (samathuvapurams) were created by the state in 1998. Legislation to tear down caste barriers within priesthood was passed in 2006. Mid-day meals, maternity benefits, and women self-help groups can all be traced back to the early policy platforms of the Dravidian movement.”