On 25th Dec 1968 , 44 landless Dalit agricultural labors were burned to death by the landlords at Kilzhvenmani village , near Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India. The landlords had seen the agricultural workers getting organized under Agriculture Labor Union is a direct threat to their hegemony which led the landlords to form Paddy Producers’ Association(PPA) of which Gopalakrishna Naidu became the president who was then the district president of the Indian National Congress. The landlords forced the Dalit agriculture labors to join the PPA and slapping a fine of Rs 250 when the latter refused to join.
Venmani is NOT an isolated incident and a memory of the past. Mass violence exercised on the Dalits is a walk of life and to list a few of them; Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh(2017) ;Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu (2012); Paralipudur,Tamil Nadu(2011); Khairlanji, Maharastra(2006); Kambalapalli, Karnataka(2000); Melavalavu, Tamil Nadu(1997); Laxmanpur-Bathe, Bihar (1997); Bathani Tola, Bihar(1996) and Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh(1985).
Mass violence and ideology of violence against the Dalits can be stopped only by mobilizing the progressive, democratic and secular forces irrespective of the caste identity to challenge such violences.
Ramiahvin Kudisai (The Hut of Ramiah) is a documentary directed by Bharathi Krishnakumar released in 2006 based on this gruesome incident. It documents the series of events which led to the massacre of 44 people and aftermath of the incident.
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