It is crystal clear that the ruling DMK is afraid of BJP and prepares its cadres to take on it vigorously in the coming days. It is no longer sees AIADMK as a vibrant opposition following friction between former CMs and coordinators O Panneerselvam and Edapadi Palaniswamy followers. TN people’s ready acceptance of BJP as an emerging alternative to Dravidian parties, Annamalai’s style of functioning, efforts of taking,the hither to hidden, to masses the various welfare schemes of Central government have made a fear in the DMK camp. They know the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and 2026 assembly polls would not be a cake walk and gives a dim picture of its future. Annamalai’s exposing its corruption activities on daily basis is worrying DMK the most.
A couple of weeks back, DMK’s heir apparent , Chepauk MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin, who is going to be accommodated in the cabinet only to prepare him to take the mantle from his father M K Stalin, has announced that a workshop on Dravidian Model would be conducted for the party cadres.
Accordingly the workshop was conducted from June 5th all over the state. Udhayanidhi Stalin has inaugurated a workshop in Chennai. In that DMK prominent and leading speakers including MPs like Kalanidhi, Sendhikumar, Kanimozhi and MLAs Ezhilarasan, Thayagam Kavi, Paranthaman, DMK supporting writers, journalists totaling 20 took part in the workshop or training camp or orientation camp of two weeks duration. Most of speakers took 50 to 60 percent of their allotted time to talk about the BJP, RSS and other Hindutuva forces. Sources said, the speakers talk less about the party founder CN Annadurai, Dravidiar Kazhagam leader EV Ramaswamy Naicker and Karunanidhi.
It is learnt that the speaker after speaker dwelt in deep about BJP, RSS, PM Modi, RSS founders Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, Madhav Sadashivrao Golwalkar, Hindu Maha Sabha, great nationalist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, present and past BJP doyens and sangh parivar outfits.
Youth wing cadres and DMK workers enjoyed the briefing on Dravidian Model, a term has been in circulation since the DMK government led by M K Stalin came to power in last May, but the new comers like college students, youths were un-attracted by their long monologues ennui. They were at a loss to understand whether it was a workshop on Dravidian Model or to eulogize BJP and sangh parivars and some even raised questions. Some speakers could not answers to the name and details of founders of Justice Party which made the participants to lose charm in the workshop.
They also raised questions whether to do politics against BJP or AIADMK, as most of the DMK leaders are active in social media criticizing BJP only. To that speakers replied “ BJP is our ideological enemy. Moreover it has a thumping majority at the Centre”. This made some to understand and help to adjust their goals.
Some who attended the workshop confided “AIADMK is DMK’s prime opposition. But in Kanyakumari , Coimbatore and some districts BJP has a good presence and bright chances of winning. To defeat them we have unrelentingly to project to the people that BJP, RSS and sangh parivars are our enemies which would throw a spanner on the wheels of BJP’s growth in Tamil Nadu”.
In a related development, CM Stalin will release a pioneering book entitled “The Dravidian Movement”, authored by Robert L Hardgrave Jr. The books throws light into the formative years of Dravidian movement for a re-release after a gap of 57 years. It was based on material the author gathered in Bharat for his 1962 Master’s thesis. It was first published in 1965 by Mumbai based Popular Prakashan and has been out of print.
The author, now a professor, in his forward said “The Dravidian Movement was my entry as young scholar into the world of Indian politics. I was fortunate to meet several leaders of the DMK and they became my guides into the life of the political party and invited me to conferences, arranged interviews with party luminaries and provided me with a plethora of pamphlets and publications on the Dravidian movement from its root in the non-Brahmin and Self-respect movement to the formation of the Dravidar Kazhagam and its splinter off-shoot DMK. He has also written “The Nadars of Tamil Nadu: The political culture of a community in change”.