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Thirumaavalavan

Thirumavalavan born on 17 August 1962, is a Dalit activist, Member of Parliament in 15th Lok Sabha and the current President of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (Liberation Panthers Party), a Dalit political party in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. He rose to prominence in the 1990s as a Dalit leader, and entered politics in 1999. His political platform centres around ending the caste-based oppression of the Dalits, which he argues can best be achieved through reviving and reorientingTamil nationalism. He has also expressed support for Tamil nationalist movements and groups elsewhere, including Sri Lanka.

His books in Tamil include Aththumeeru (Trangress), Tamizhargal Hindukkala? (Are the Tamils, Hindus?), 'Eelam Enral Puligal, Puligal Enral Eelam' (Eelam means Tigers, Tigers means Eelam), 'Hindutuvathai Veraruppom' (We Shall Uproot Hindutva), 'Saadhiya Sandharpavaadha Aniyai Veezhtuvom' (We Shall Defeat the Casteist Opportunist Alliance).

Two of his books have been published in English by Stree-Samya Books, Kolkata: Talisman: Extreme Emotions of Dalit Liberation (political essays written for 34 weeks in the India Today magazine's Tamil edition)and Uproot Hindutva: The Fiery Voice of the Liberation Panthers (contains 12 of his speeches).

He was a guest at the Maanudathin Tamizh Koodal (Humanity's Tamil Meet) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka organized by Arts and LiteratureAssociation and organizations like Nitharsanam.

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Books by Thirumaavalavan

Uproot Hindutva: The Fiery Voice of the Liberation Panthers
Dr V N Shrikhande
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