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Nationalism in Tamil Nadu, the land of automobiles


Nationalistic education: Jabaraj was educated at an RSS school. He remembers being taught the importance of Hindu identity and nationalism there.

Nationalistic education: Jabaraj was educated at an RSS school. He remembers being taught the importance of Hindu identity and nationalism there.

Caste and Tamil nationalism collide in the Indian election around South India. 

JABARAJ Selvaraj is Tamil. Unusually for the predominantly Hindu state, he is also a Christian and deeply critical of caste. The 38-year-old social worker is an unassuming man, sufficiently comfortable in his own skin to allow others – in this case his wife, Semmalar an academic and a Dalit (previously known as ‘Untouchable’ though this term is now considered inappropriate) – to speak first.

   

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