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Dravidianist separatist Thirumurugan Gandhi says Tamil Brahmin dialect is ‘casteist’ while other Tamil dialects are not

“Dravidianist separatist Thirumurugan Gandhi says Tamil Brahmin dialect is casteist while other Tamil dialects are Nnot, Here’s Mari Selvaraj’s old video busting the claim”, The Commune Mag, January 5, 2024:

“May 17 Movement founder Thirumurugan Gandhi, known for his hate speeches against Hindus particularly the Brahmin community, has sparked controversy with a recent tweet questioning the linguistic exclusivity of Brahmins.

All-in-all commentator Dr. Sumanth Raman (a Brahmin), had commented on the incident wherein a Muslim lady wearing a hijab makes casteist jibes at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman by invoking her Brahmin identity. That video was shared by DMK IT Wing functionary Padma Priya (a YouTube beautician who joined Kamal’s Makkal Needhi Maiam but later jumped ship to DMK).

Responding to Sumanth Raman, Thirumurugan Gandhi said, “Which community/caste has its own dialect other than the Brahmins? Kongu, Madurai, Nellai Tamil dialects are spoken by all communities. Brahminical dialect is not spoken by any other caste except Brahmins. The Brahminical dialect is racist in its own right. If Brahminical dialect is used to maintain friendships among themselves, to find their caste identity and to assert their caste superiority in public, how can we call it apart from racism?” Gandhi expressed concern that the Brahmin dialect may be employed to “assert dominance” in public settings…..”

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